Manuscript Evaluations

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A manuscript evaluation is written feedback from a professional editor who considers your holistically. Don’t waste time on a copyedit until you’ve had one. Getting an evaluation before moving on to any text editing is important because it is largely the substantive issues in your work that will prevent you from nailing that publishing contract or attracting a larger audience to your self-published book.

An evaluation identifies holes and inconsistencies in your content while making suggestions on how you can better shape your manuscript to be more marketable to publishers and readers. A step past a beta-reader, a professional editor who doesn’t have a personal relationship with you has the freedom and lack of bias to provide honest advice backed by industry knowledge.

My goal is to provide you with a manuscript evaluation that propels you toward meeting your publishing goals.

BPC evaluations are not cookie-cutter critiques based on a predetermined outline. I cover what I know and what I feel needs to be covered, whether it’s heavier plot elements or the more fine-tuned details of prose. I am careful to be kind in my response, but I do not–for the sake of feelings–sugar coat or tiptoe around any issues I see that are preventing you from writing your best work. If you want a soft evaluation, go to another editor. If you’re looking for a frank look at your book that will help you take it to the next level, then I might be a good fit for your project—let’s touch base.

How It Works

First, send me an email and tell me a bit about your project and what you’re hoping to get out of an evaluation. If we decide to work together, you’ll then send me your full manuscript in .docx format. I read through the manuscript from front to back, take my notes, and provide you with a detailed critique of the work.

Throughout the entire process, your content is kept confidential.

What You Get

In an email attachment, you receive the written evaluation—the length of which generally ranges from 3-5 single-spaced pages, depending on a number of factors. After receiving your “letter from the editor” we then schedule a one hour post-evaluation consult call (included in the cost of every evaluation). Consults can be via phone or video call and are scheduled for approximately one week after you receive the evaluation. This space between receiving the feedback and our discussion is crucial so you can let my comments marinate and build a list of questions you’d like to ask. These questions can be about your manuscript, your evaluation, or your next steps based on what you want to accomplish with your book.

*For an extra fee you can receive my first-response notes from my digital files. These notes are raw, immediate, uncensored reactions to your work and are delivered at the same time as the evaluation.

After your evaluation and consult, there are a number of ways in which we can continue to work together: a second evaluation after you’ve made substantial changes to your work; editing services; help in targeting/approaching publishers; or self-publishing help (should you choose to go in that direction).

Manuscript Evaluation Rates

Rates are based on length and type of content. For more information, contact me (Erinne Sevigny Adachi) at info@bluepencilconsult.com.

 

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