Struggling with a non-fiction manuscript? Want an editor’s opinion? Before you revise again or pay for a full edit, consider the features of my reviews: Reader’s Reports and Manuscript Evaluations.
This short review (usually two to three pages, or 500 to 750 words) is suitable for the first draft of a manuscript, but may be useful for writers who have done several revisions. My review targets these aspects.
- Strengths: the best aspects of your manuscript
- Structure: better ways to organize the story
- Substance: sections, links, context and background
- Style: appropriateness, tenses, point of view
Suggestions: how to make improvements
After you have done several revisions, it may be time for this level of analysis. My Manuscript Evaluations are between five and ten pages, with the features of Reader’s Reports in greater detail, and more.
- comments in the text;
- pictures, diagrams, and tables;
- possible legal problems regarding defamation, censorship, or copyright;
- content that should or could be added; and
- suggestions to fix problems.
Compare side by side features
|Components||Reader’s Report||Manuscript Evaluation|
|What works: best features, strengths. Holds interest? Market?||
|How to make the best of the strengths||No||Yes|
|What needs improvement.||Yes||Yes|
|Ways to fix problems.||No||Yes|
|Organization 1: missing sections, difficult transitions.||Yes||Yes|
|Organization 2: context and background||No||Yes|
|Continuity: transitions, cross references and time shifts||No||Yes|
|Style: suitability, tense, references, point of view.||Yes||Yes|
|Comments in the text.||No||Yes|
|Pictures (if any): quality, captions, copyright.||Yes||Yes|
|Possible Legal problems: defamation and copyright (not an exhaustive list).||Yes||Yes|