Manuscript Assessment

The Expert Editor’s manuscript assessment service provides authors with professional advice on the progress of their book. The goal is to give clear, candid and constructive feedback on its current state, and most importantly actionable advice on how to make the book better. 

We can evaluate both finished and semi-finished manuscripts, both fiction and non-fiction. Here are some of the books we have recently helped.

The evaluation involves an editor reading your manuscript and preparing  a 3 to 4 page report outlining its strengths and any areas requiring attention. A manuscript assessment will typically cover the following ground.

Fiction books

We address the key considerations for a successful fiction book in the context of your specific genre, such as: 

  • Does your writing style work for your genre?
  • Is every sub-plot resolved?
  • Are your characters well-developed and believable?
  • What should your next step in the publishing process be?
  • What level of editing, if any, is required for your book?

Non-fiction books

We address the key considerations for a non-fiction book in the context of your subject matter and intended audience, such as:

  • Is your book well-structured?
  • Does your introduction grab a reader’s attention?
  • Do your chapters and sections flow logically?
  • Is your writing suited to your intended readership?
  • What should your next step in the publishing process be?
  • What level of editing, if any, is required for your book?

The considerations outlined above are generally the foundation of each evaluation but they are not an exhaustive list. We do not provide a one-size-fits-all manuscript assessment service; each one tailored to the specific book and the author can have input into what we examine.

Quality advice from professional book editors 

Author services are a growing part of The Expert Editor business and therefore we have actively recruited Australian book editors. As we explain in detail, employing skilled professional editors is a key feature of our operation. 

The Expert Editor’s book editors are familiar with the publishing industry; some are authors as well as professional editors, and others have previously worked in major publishing houses. We recruit our editors on the basis that they know what is required for a book to be successful and can provide professional advice to an author to help them achieve their publishing goals.

Manuscript assessment in combination with other services 

The Expert Editor offers package deals to provide authors with access to a range of professional services to improve the quality of their book, at significantly discounted prices. These services include book editing and book proofreading.

Contact us for a quote

Prices for our manuscript assessment service are based on the length of the book. Please contact us for a quote and we can discuss your book in detail and the type of evaluation you require.