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Editing Fees and Timescale

Editorial Timescales and Fees


Timescales for critiques

Reading your novel manuscript and writing a detailed critique is a task that needs close attention and careful thought, so I never hurry it.

As a guide, I can critique your 8,000 word opening section and synopsis, or your agent submission (sample covering letter, synopsis and first 5,000 words) in one week, (depending on my availability, but I will always try and schedule to meet your needs).

A full-length novel will usually take up to a month.

As I say, these estimates are dependent on how much work I have on at any given time – including work on my own next novel. If you are in a hurry, however, I will try and prioritise your critique and turn it over as rapidly as possible, as long as that doesn't mean doing a rushed job!

Editing fees:

Opening section review: (the first 8,000 words of your novel, and your synopsis). You will get an assessment that is around 1,500 – 2,000 words long.

Agent submission critique (the first 5,000 words of your novel, your synopsis and a sample covering letter to agents). 1,500 – 2,000 word report.

Full manuscript critique. You will receive a report that is at least 3,500 words long (although often much longer) containing a thorough assessment of the story, characters, themes, storytelling technique, voice and style, and market potential of your novel, with detailed discussion of how to improve aspects that need further development.

Manuscript length -

For longer or shorter manuscripts, please contact me for a quotation.

Full developmental editing, with detailed annotation of the manuscript plus a complete editorial report as described above and a follow-up discussion or exchange of emails, is also available. Please contact me for prices.

Clients who have already paid for an Opening Section Review or Agent Submission Critique will receive a 10% discount on a subsequent full manuscript critique.