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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.

 

Reader’s Report

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

Manuscript Evaluation

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? Yes

 

Yes
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