Manuscript Assessment

It’s important to know if your manuscript’s ready to send to agents, publishers or producers. If not, it can be a waste of your time and theirs. It can also be incredibly demoralizing. Your friends and family may not have sufficient experience to critique your work properly.

We're experts
We’ll read your manuscript in the same way that editors, agents and producers do, using exactly the same criteria. We aren’t afraid to tell you the truth. We’ll say if your idea’s strong enough. We’ll explain what works and what doesn’t. We’ll offer constructive suggestions for putting problems right.

We'll recommend you
Where we firmly believe that work is both publishable and easily marketable, we’ll approach agents, publishers or producers on your behalf. Our recommendation will help you to shortcut the slush pile and get on to editors' desks. If we don’t feel able to recommend your work, we’ll tell you why.

We're fast
We know how nerve-racking it is waiting for feedback, so you won’t be kept waiting long. You’ll get your critique back in one month or less. You won’t wait up to 8 weeks, as with some other consultancies.

Our reports
We offer detailed readers' reports of fiction, non-fiction, film scripts and poetry at all stages of development.

Our reports vary in length as follows:

  • 2 to 4 pages for short stories and poetry.
  • 3 to 5 pages for a synopsis and sample chapters/short film treatments.
  • 8 to 12 pages for entire manuscripts.

Your editor may wish to pencil comments on your manuscript. For this reason, we ask for a stamped addressed envelope with your submission.

Fast track service
If you’re in a hurry, we charge £97 for a turnaround of 10 days or less. This is a fraction of what other consultancies charge. We recently heard of one writer paying £200 extra for this service. Please check availability first.

Re-submitting manuscripts
Writers often redraft manuscripts after receiving our critiques. We offer a ‘speed-read’ at 75 per cent of the standard fee for each fresh appraisal.

Overseas Clients
We work with writers from all corners of the world. Distance is never a problem. Manuscripts and reports are sent via email to avoid delays. Payments can be made via cheque, BACS, or PayPal.

Our Fees

Books (350 words/page)

Up to 50 double-spaced pages (synopsis & sample chapters) £370
Up to 100 double-spaced pages £547
Up to 200 double-spaced pages £694
Additional pages over 200 @ £1.50/page
(NB. Costs apply to double-spaced manuscripts in 12 point printed on one side of A4).

Short Stories / Children’s Picture Books

Up to 3000 words
NB. Stories are charged on an individual basis.
Each additional 1000 words @ £25

Quick Turnaround

Fast-track service (within 10 days) £97
Full details of how to send your manuscript are available under
Submission Guidelines.

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