Manuscript Critique

Constructive analysis and honest insight, so you can revise with confidence.

A manuscript critique provides you with general guidance on where your novel can be improved. I’ll explain what is and isn’t working and offer suggestions on how you can improve your novel further, matching your creative intentions to your publishing goals.

I feel my money has been very well spent and that your hard work represents incredibly good value. […] Your enthusiasm has filled me with excitement. I’m not sure that it is possible to thank you enough. Not only have you improved my story considerably, but you have also taught me a huge amount in the process.

Anthony Burn

Why Choose a Liminal Pages Manuscript Critique?

Empathy & Sensitivity

I know it can be nerve-wracking asking for feedback. I aim to carry out my services with the utmost sensitivity, and I do my absolute best to understand your creative intentions and help you achieve them – while still pushing you to improve.

Publishing Experience

I’m both a traditionally published and self-published writer. I also used to work in-house for a large publisher. So I know from experience what it means to write something creative and aim to have it published.

Academic Knowledge

I have an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. I truly understand what goes into a great piece of fiction.

Tailored Service

Every novel is different and every author is different. My feedback will focus on that sweet spot between your creative intention, how your novel might be received by readers, and where it might fit in the market.

I’ve had a lot of feedback by a lot of different people over the years, but the level of detail and empathy for the goals of the story that you have is remarkable […] It’s one of the most useful critiques I’ve ever had. I’d recommend you to anyone looking to improve their work.

Angela Readman

How a Manuscript Critique Works

  1. Request a critique

    Use the form below to request a manuscript critique and to tell me a little bit about your novel. I’ll send you a questionnaire to ask you for more details about your book, your writing background and your publishing intentions. This will help me decide whether I think we’d be a good creative fit, and whether this service is right for you.

  2. Agree the details

    If I think we’d be a good fit, I’ll let you know the soonest date I can start work on your critique and how long it will take me (usually 2-3 weeks). I’ll also ask you for a 50% deposit. Your place in my schedule is locked in as soon as the deposit is paid.

  3. Wait for me to do my thing

    Send me your manuscript in full before the project start date, and I’ll go away and read and carefully analyse your novel. There will be lots of thinking and note taking! Once I’ve finished writing your critique, I’ll email it to you along with the invoice for the remaining fee. The critique will be presented as a PDF, normally 10–20 pages.

  4. Ask any last questions

    You can send me one follow-up email to ask for any clarifications. You’ll need to send this within a month of receiving the critique so your manuscript is still fresh in my mind. I’ll spend up to an hour on my response. After that, you should feel ready to tackle your revisions!

Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into the report. I’m also grateful you see potential in the characters and the piece overall. I know it’s going to be so much better for your having worked with it, and I can’t thank you enough for offering such a thorough critique.

Britney Peterson

Things You Might Be Wondering …

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 a type of developmental editing, which 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 and if they don’t want the expense or detail a full developmental edit provides. Sometimes an agent will commission (or ask the author to commission) a critique if they see potential in the work.

What’s the difference between a developmental edit and a manuscript critique?

Depth and amount of guidance. A full developmental edit provides you with a longer, more detailed editorial report as well as a structural overview analysis of your novel, and a second round of revision-checking and line-level editing. A manuscript critique provides you with a slightly broader analysis of your novel in the form of an editorial report; you’re then left to revise the novel on your own. Usually you will only need one of these services. Choose based on your own preference or budget!

Okay, Let’s Crunch the Numbers

Up to 80,000 words £599
81,000–100,000 words£649
101,000–120,000 words £699
Above 120,000 wordsEnquire

SERIES DISCOUNT: If you hire me to critique further novels in the same series, a £50 discount will be applied to each of those subsequent manuscripts.

I work with authors across the world but invoice in pounds (GBP).

It was great to get such a detailed critique. The criticisms rang true and were encapsulated in a way that made it easy for me to see the problems. Getting this feedback has really given me encouragement to fix the issues and make it a more professional and complete book.

Ben Ellis

Request a Manuscript Critique

You’ve taken your novel as far as you can by yourself, but you feel it’s not quite there yet. Let’s see what we can do together.