Would you like professional feedback and advice on your novel, book or article? Do you need an impartial reader who will tell you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about your writing?

Many writers find a critique of their work is very helpful before they consider the next steps in the process. We provide an honest appraisal of your manuscript that may surprise or even disconcert you, but which gives a realistic, professional review of the piece. Equivalent to a doctor’s ‘second opinion’ it will give your writing a health-check that discusses how to constructively resolve any issues, via a detailed written report.


Budget Appraisal

Our new ‘Budget Appraisal’ is a cost-effective way to help steer your work in the right direction, and is very useful at the start of a new book, or for a specific extract that you need help with. It will advise on structure and narrative, potential revisions and next steps, via a written mini-report.

It will also answer the following questions:

  • Is the piece suitable for publication?
  • If not, why not?
  • Does it need a substantive edit, copy edit or proofread?
  • How could it be improved?
  • What are the publishing options?
  • What are the next steps?

The Assessment looks at some or all of the following points:

  • Beginnings and endings
  • Plot construction and the narrative arc
  • Development of key themes
  • Characterisation
  • Style issues
  • Manuscript presentation and design implications
  • Any necessary revisions

 Manuscript Assessment Fees

Word Count Cost
10,000 (budget) £150.00
Up to 20,000 £320.00
30,000 words
40,000 words
50,000 words
60,000 words
70,000 words
80,000 words
90,000 words
100,000 words


•  If your word count falls between the figures quoted, add £6 per 1,000 words up to the 5,000 words mid-point. If your word count falls above that mid-point then the fee is charged at the next band rate. For example: 54,000 words will be £464.00 (4 x £6) and 58,000 words will be £480.00

•  For manuscripts higher than 100,000 words please contact us for fee confirmation

•  The budget appraisal is a one-off fee for 10,000 words and below

Assessment testimonial, The Write Factor, Publisher, Devon

If you are interested in our Manuscript Assessment services, please fill in the form below including a brief synopsis of your work (up to 500 words) – or if you prefer, email us or phone on 01237 441839 for a chat.

Once we have received your details we will contact you and confirm the fee before you decide to go ahead.

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