You’ve finally finished self-editing.
Welcome back to the world! Now you’re ready for an editorial assessment.
$1,000 – $2,000
An editorial assessment is an excellent way to get an idea of how your current draft would fare in the wild. What might happen if you sent this out to agents right now? What kind of reviews would you get if you indie published this tomorrow? An editorial assessment will tell you.
With an editorial assessment, we’ll read the entire manuscript and make light annotations. When we’re finished reading, we’ll write a brief critique letter and schedule a 1-hour call to discuss your draft’s strengths and weaknesses. Is it time to send it out? Is it time to go back to the drawing board? We’ll give you our honest opinion and help you decide what steps to take next, then check in with you when you start your revisions.
+ Lightly annotated manuscript
+ Brief editorial letter
+ Recommendations for development.
+ Concept talk
+ Strategy session
+ Revision check.
Our Editorial Assessment Process
We’ll read your full manuscript, putting ourselves in the mindset of your ideal reader: ready to settle in for a good read. As we read, we’ll take very light notes in the margins, and when we’re finished, we’ll write an editorial letter that addresses the challenges this draft is facing.
We’ll deliver your editorial letter and annotated manuscript, then invite you to schedule a phone call to discuss the critique. You’ll have a full hour to ask questions, troubleshoot problems, and work out a strategy for your next steps.
When you’ve had a chance to dive into your revisions and are eager for notes on the progress you’re making, we’ll have an hour of consultation in reserve for you. You can send a revised passage, schedule a phone call, or both. We just want you to be confident that you’re moving in the right direction.
Read More about Working with Editors
From ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors): Do Novice Authors Really Need an Editor?
From Huffington Post: 7 Deadly Myths and 3 Inspired Truths about Book Editing
From Jane Friedman’s Blog: The Comprehensive Guide to Finding, Hiring, and Working with an Editor
From Kindlepreneur: Master Guide to Selecting the Best Book Editor
From MasterClass: How to Find the Best Book Editor: A Complete Guide
From Reedsy: Finding the Right Book Editor
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“If a story is seed, then we are its soil. Just hearing the story allows us to experience it as though we ourselves were the heroine who either falters or wins out in the end. If we hear a story about a wolf, then afterward we rove about and know like a wolf for a time. If we hear a story about a dove finding her young at last, then for a time after, something moves behind our own feathered breasts. If it be a story of wresting the sacred pearl from beneath the claw of the ninth dragon, we feel exhausted afterward, and satisfied. In a very real way, we are imprinted with knowing just by listening to the tale.”
– Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES