This choice is best when you’re working with an initial draft of your manuscript. You’ll receive (general) critical feedback on developmental concerns without paying the developmental price. These are often done with other authors in similar genres.
- Read through the work and make in-text comments covering topics:
- Character arcs
- Plot holes
- Copyediting/terminology concerns
- When possible or necessary, summarize a chapter’s pros and cons at the end, and again at the very end of the book including:
- What worked and what didn’t
- Anything that was missing
- What stood out to you most
- If it’s a series, how it relates to and fits with the series details and trends of narrative voice (does it fit the brand of the series?)
- A final summary critique sheet can be really helpful when doing swaps.
You can view it here: Sample Critique Sheet
This is a document I created to provide the most feedback on a manuscript in the smallest amount of space.
It can still be overwhelming. I always encourage writers to read through the completed sheet first because it contains more general concerns (developmental), and then look through the details of the in-text notes. It doesn’t make sense to use your precious time to edit details of a section only to decide to cut it later.
Sample Critique – First five pages or Chapter 1, get in-depth text commenting and overall summary
Full Critique – In-text comments on above topics, final summary letter with filled out Critique Sheet.
(ex: 50,000 word book = $750)
Minimum charge: $25
(Payment is 1/2 up front, 1/2 upon delivery)
Please note: if you are outside of the USA, please message me for pricing information.
Interested in a critique? Let me know!
Hi! I’m Amy. I’ve been doing critiques and critique swaps for several years. This is one of my favorite things. I love seeing how writers’ ideas flow without editing.
Don’t worry, my feedback is always substantial, practical, and unbiased. If I feel a potential “reader reaction” may be necessary to comment, I’ll add it with that notation. I believe it is important to be able to separate our professional selves from our reader selves and know when to listen to each.
Often a “what?! No!” reaction is actually a good thing. It means you’ve gripped your reader hard!