Critique

If you’ve written a novel, novella or short story and are looking for feedback on your draft we offer a range of critique options as well as a bespoke service.

Full manuscript critique

Whether it’s your first or tenth draft, you’ll get a 6-10 page report covering aspects including structure, style, characterisation, setting, dialogue, pacing and more, highlighting what’s working and what isn’t.

Alongside this you’ll get:

  • Line edit notes on the first few chapters, showing you specific examples of aspects highlighted in the report, and offering you suggestions on how to refine and develop your work-in-progress
  • A debrief session with your coach by phone, Skype video or face-to-face (location depending)
  • The chance to ask questions to ensure you’re fully prepared to launch into your next draft with confidence

Prices are from £595 (inclusive of VAT). For a personalised quote please send us the details of your project – length, genre, and a synopsis if you have one, plus the first chapter.

Submission package critique

If you’re preparing to submit your manuscript to agents and publishers, this critique will help you get submission-ready.

Our feedback will cover your agent letter, synopsis, and first three chapters/up to 10,000 words and you can chose from two options:

(a) Get a detailed report covering your submission package (2-4 pages) highlighting what’s working and what can be improved, with suggestions for refinement

(b) Get a detailed report on your submission plus line edit notes highlighting specific examples and suggesting methods of enhancing.

For pricing please see our Price List.

Bespoke: Tell us about your manuscript, and what you’re looking for, and we’ll do our best to put together a critique option that fits your needs. We can do bespoke critiques for a range of lengths and genres including short stories and partial manuscripts. Quotes are provided per project, depending on your requirements.

Ready for the next step? Check out our coaches and then get in touch with us at crimefictioncoach@gmail.com to let us know the person you’d like to work with, find out more about what we do, and to discuss any tailoring requirements.

Not sure what you’re looking for? If you have a general query or are unsure which service and/or coach to choose, contact us at crimefictioncoach@gmail.com and we’ll do our very best to assist.