Manuscript Appraisal

A manuscript appraisal (also referred to as a manuscript assessment or critique) can help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your book.

Before embarking on self-publishing your book, it can be beneficial to have your manuscript reviewed by a professional editor. As an author, you are probably too close to your written work to spot any problems and inconsistencies. For this reason, having an independent expert review your manuscript can help you see the big picture for your fiction or non-fiction book, and gain clarity regarding its overall narrative structure.

Likewise, if you’ve partially written your manuscript but are unsure whether you are heading in the right direction, an appraisal can help you to stay motivated or, alternatively, to completely change course midstream.

A professional assessment of your book manuscript

At some point, all writers have asked friends and family to read their work and tell them if they think it’s any good. But nothing can replace the advice of an experienced editor. An editor will give you an objective assessment of your manuscript based on their professional knowledge and expertise.

After spending months (or possibly years) working on your book, it may be time for you to entrust ‘your precious baby’ to an editor. They will give you an objective opinion about any weakness or blindspots in your writing, as well as suggesting ways you can improve your manuscript.

At Brisbane Self Publishing Service, all our partner editors are tactful (yet honest!) with their professional feedback. After carefully reviewing your manuscript, they will provide insightful suggestions for you to improve your text. This process, in turn, will ensure your written work is closer to being publication ready.

Benefits of a manuscript appraisal

A professional manuscript appraisal will help you to:

  • address stylistic and language issues in your writing
  • develop/refine your writing style
  • gain a clearer perspective of your book’s suitability for publication
  • identify ways to increase your book’s chance of commercial success in a highly competitive market.

Most importantly, after reviewing your text, we will offer you some practical tips for improvement. This editorial feedback will help you to better understand which parts of your manuscript  require more attention so you can specifically focus on them.

The purpose of a manuscript appraisal is to assess the ‘big picture’ aspects of your narrative. It doesn’t drill down into the minutiae of your book – identifying every small inconsistency and mistake. As a result, we also recommend you consider having your manuscript professionally copyedited prior to publishing your book.

Steps involved in our manuscript appraisal service

First up, you’ll need to submit your manuscript to us (either the entire Word document or a specific section you want us to review). We will read your written content and provide you with an in-depth written report about it. This appraisal report contains feedback about the overall effectiveness of your writing, including what is and isn’t working well. It also incorporates some initial editorial suggestions for reworking parts of your manuscript that require extra attention. This, in turn, will help you to save money on professional copyediting fees down the track.

After sending you the appraisal report, we’ll get in touch to arrange a follow-up mentoring session via phone or Zoom. During this 30–minute consultation, we can answer any questions you have about the appraisal report. In addition, we can offer you some preliminary advice about how to effectively action the recommended editorial changes.

Fee for manuscript appraisal services

Quotes for manuscript appraisal projects are based on the total word count of your book, its genre and the complexity of your written content.

  • ‎For draft manuscripts between 200 and 100,000 words — appraisal project fee ranges between $250–$990
  • For draft manuscripts between 100,000 words and 150,000 words — appraisal project fee ranges between $1,000–$1,490

Based on an average rate of 1—1.5 cents per word, our appraisal project fee encompasses a professional editor reading your entire manuscript and preparing an in-depth written report. This service also includes an optional 30–minute follow-up mentoring session ($60).

In addition, we offer pay-as-you-go writing coaching sessions ($85/hour) or a 2-hour editing/coaching package ($160 in total) to help you progress your book manuscript to the next phase of your publishing journey.

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