Do I need a manuscript critique?
All authors can benefit from having their novel critiqued. Generally, the newer the author or the trickier the manuscript, the more guidance the author will need. However, it’s up to you whether you want to seek professional guidance on your work.
Where does a manuscript critique fit in the publishing process?
A manuscript critique is often the first kind of professional editorial feedback an author will receive. It must come before any sentence-level editing. After all, you don’t want to waste time hunting down typos if there are changes to the story that need to be made first.
Who commissions a manuscript critique?
Most of the time, it’s the author who decides to hire an editorial professional to critique their manuscript once they’ve taken their novel as far as they can on their own. Sometimes an agent will commission (or ask the author to commission) a critique if they see potential in the work.