Manuscript Critique

Manuscript Critique

A manuscript critique is a budget-friendly option for authors who need feedback on the high-level elements of their work. Like developmental editing, a manuscript critique covers story-level elements including plot, structure, characterization, pacing, and voice.

A manuscript critique is less comprehensive than a developmental edit and does not include in-text comments or a call with the editor. However, a critique covers the same story-level elements and is a solid alternative to the more in-depth developmental editing service. After the critique, you will have a thorough understanding of your manuscript and story, along with a plan for tackling revisions.

What You Get

  • A written report with an analysis and action plan​​

Is a Manuscript Critique Right For Me?

While developmental editing is an ideal option for many situations, a manuscript critique is a good alternative for authors with budget constraints or who are not yet ready for a developmental edit. If you are not sure what you need, a manuscript critique is a good starting point.

Authors can also pursue a manuscript critique prior to a developmental edit to address broader issues before exploring revisions more deeply.

Example Manuscript Critique

This example manuscript critique was created for a real author during a manuscript critique service with Blue Pen. We share it here with the author’s permission to assist writers searching for editing and proofreading examples.

Rate: $0.023 per word

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