Manuscript Critique

Manuscript Critique


A manuscript critique will help evaluate all essential areas of your fiction and non-fiction. Additionally, the manuscript critique serve may be used for the following types of documents: poetry; plays/screenplays; essays/speeches/monologues; articles for newspapers, newsletters, magazines or blogs. Moreover, I accept all types of creative writing.

I have experience editing and proofreading the following:

  • Journalistic news stories for newspapers and newsletters
  • Fiction books and non-fiction books
  • Content for magazines and blogs/websites
  • Training manuals and business reports
  • Poetry

Each manuscript include will include a summary of the main points or areas presented in your document. These will be the six characteristics of fiction for fiction writers – plot/pacing, characters, conflict, dialogue, point of view, setting, and theme. Since each fictional genre is different, there may (or may not) be additional story elements at which I may look; however, these are genre-specific so it’s difficult to list them all. On that note, I will thoroughly look at each aspect of your book both separately and collectively, making sure the structure is strong and competitive within your genre. The Chicago Manual of Style will be used with each manuscript critique of a novel.

Similar to fiction, non-fiction has genre-specific areas of writing. If the client has a specific area of their document on which they need assistance, then this must be addressed at the time of the order. Overall, here is the base of what I will critique in regard to non-fiction:

  • a title that is marketable and competitive
  • all content from [and between] the introduction and conclusion
  • the type of voice in which it’s written (friendly, professional, technical, etc.)
  • the style in which it’s written (argumentative, cause/effect, illustrative, etc.)
  • Accuracy checks for correct dates, times, names, etc. Note: The correct information must be included in a separate DOC/DOCX file provided by the author.
  • Consistency in the organizational method you have used: chronological, cause/effect, compare/contrast, etc.

All communication for the manuscript critique will be through e-mail. Once I am finished with your document, you will receive two documents in your inbox: a) a track-change copy which has my comments and suggestions; and b) a clean copy in which I have approved all the track changes. Moreover, I will provide a summary in the final email.

One free revision is included with the manuscript critique. Please send the document as a Microsoft Word DOC/DOCX file. I do have Google Docs and am able to open PDF files within it. Please be aware, however, I will only be able to provide a track change copy through Google Docs.

The following list is an overview of what I will critique in each novel. As I said above-mentioned paragraph, this list excludes any genre-specific writing concerns (such as those that pertain to romance writing, mystery/thriller writing, crime writing, etc.) Please contact me if you have any questions.

Conflict / Tension

  • Internal conflicts: Prior wounds, self-image struggles, political conflicts, self-doubt, overwhelming burdens or stressors, etc.
  • External conflicts: Man vs. man; man vs. society; man vs. nature; man vs. supernatural; man vs. technology.
  • Characterization and conflict: Is the conflict relevant to the protagonist’s motivation? Do your characters have opposing goals? Are there too few conflicts or too many? Is your protagonist gradually facing tougher challenges which will lead him/her to the story’s resolution? Or, is the protagonist facing conflict which has them running circles? How have you introduced change and uncertainty to your protagonist? How you have heightened the stakes to make them achieve their goal?
  • Action and reaction: Is action and reaction presented as part of the conflict? Do each of your characters react the same way to conflict? Or have you made them uniquely different?
  • Realistic conflict: How does your story conflict reveal your characters to the readers? Is your story conflict relevant to the genre in which you’re writing?

Plot / Pacing

  • Hook/Beginning: Has your hook grabbed your reader’s attention and pulled them into your story? Is your hook captivating and interesting; or does it fall flat?
  • Plot Structure: Is your story plot-driven or character-driven? How have you designed your cliff-hangers? How have you designed your plot twists? How are these plot twists realistic and authentic to your story? Have you designed a provocative subplot which makes readers think? Is your plot structure relevant to others in your particular genre?
  • Pace of Your Story: Is your story paced more slowly or moves about more quickly? What subtle hints about the characters have you dropped to keep the readers involved in your story?


  • Larger-than-life characters: How is your character relatable to the reader? Are your characters flat (one-dimensional) or do they come alive on the page? How do your antagonist and minor characters challenge your protagonist?
  • Character descriptions: Have you stereotyped any of your characters? Have you provided descriptions of your characters for your readers? How have you sprinkled your character’s description throughout the story?
  • Character backstory: How have you shared your character’s history/backstory with your reader? What flaws, weaknesses and strengths does your character have? More importantly, how do they use these to get what they want?
  • Protagonist: How does your protagonist interact with their setting? What heroic qualities does your protagonist have that make him/her standout? How does your protagonist come through the rising action and falling action?


  • Setting and Description: How have you used description and your five senses to describe a setting? Have you described your setting well enough for the reader? What is unique about your fictional story world? How does time, atmosphere and climate play a role in your setting?
  • Setting and Action: How have you incorporated action into your setting? How do your character’s actions effect the setting?
  • Setting and Characters/POV: Have you used setting to reveal information about characters? How does your POV character view the setting?
  • Authentic Settings: Is your story world authentic to the real-life setting? What is the historical significance of your setting? Is there time-travel involved? If so, how have you linked these two-story worlds together?
  • Setting and Plot: How does your setting set the mood for the story? How is your setting relatable to the plot and genre of your fiction? How do your settings change throughout the story?
  • Setting and Worldbuilding: What tools and technology does your character have in the story? What transportation, governmental systems and methods of communication make up your story world? How does your protagonist communicate through speech and body language?


  • Authentic dialogue: Have you made your dialogue authentic to the character? Does all your dialogue sound too perfect? Do you have stereotypes or slang in your dialogue? Is your dialogue lacking fundamental information and not moving your story forward?
  • Characters and dialogue: How have you addressed action, backstory and character description in your dialogue? Do all your characters speak the same? How have you conveyed character responses? Do you have too many dialogue tags or too few?
  • Dialogue consistency: How have you maintained consistency with your dialogue tags?

Point of View

  • 1st person point of view: Have you chosen a strong protagonist who will carry the story well to the end? How have you worked your POV character’s backstory into the plot? Have you shown actions more than telling the reader about them? How have you made your POV character’s voice stand out?
  • 2nd person point of view: Have you set the story in present tense? Have you flushed out your characters and made them larger than life?
  • 3rd person point of view: Have you stayed consistent writing in third person point of view, either third person limited, third person objective or third-person omniscient? Have you chosen the correct character to carry a strong story? How have you used narration and description to shape the story?
  • Deep point of view: Have you explored your character’s voice in relevance to your story? Have you written in active voice rather than passive voice? Have you shown more than tell? How have you limited dialogue tags in order to show more narration and/or character actions?
  • Multiple point of view: In what ways have you avoided redundancy while writing this POV? How has this POV enriched your story? How many characters are telling the story?

Overall Impression of Your Book

  • First impression: Is the writer working too hard to impress the writer? Is the writer preaching the theme of their story? Has the author created authenticity in their writing voice? Does the story hold together well throughout your book? Does the story have a universal theme?
  • Theme/Style: Is your book’s theme appropriate for the fictional genre and age group? What big ideas have you developed in your novel and have you developed them well? How does your book stand out from others similar to it?
  • Phrases/expressions: Does the vocabulary used fit the genre and/or age group of the audience? Are phrases specific to a particular industry clarified to the reader?
  • Audience: Is the story a suitable subject for the author’s audience? Are there any words (such as jargon, profanity or offensive language) which would offend readers? Does the book fit well into the genre for which it’s written?

Please note: This is not a thorough line-by-line editing process. Therefore, there is no editing involved in the manuscript critique. If that is what you are seeking, then the proofreading package is designed for this.

Revisions for manuscript critiques may be requested up to 90 days after your last order. Please contact me if you would like to request a revision.

Manuscript Critique Rates

Word CountDelivery SpeedPriceDelivery Time
1 - 1,000Regular
2 days
1 day
1,001 - 5,000Regular
5 days
3 days
5,001 - 10,000Regular
7 days
5 days
10,001 - 25,000Regular
7 days
5 days
25,001 - 50,000Regular
14 days
7 days
50,001 - 75,000Regular$55021 days
75,001 - 100,000Regular$70028 days
100,001 - 150,000Regular$1,00035 days

Note: Delivery time includes the time of which I start work on your document. All holidays, nights and weekends are excluded from delivery time. Please contact me prior to ordering. One week is equivalent to five business days (Mon-Fri). I am in the Central Time Zone of the United States.