What will the appraisal cover?

Every novel is different and I’m happy to focus on the areas where you need most help, but as a rough guide I will look at structure/plot, clarity, style, characterisation, dialogue and presentation. As well as providing an overall report, I will also annotate the manuscript with comments, questions and suggestions.

Will you proofread my manuscript?

No, although if I spot recurrent typos and grammatical errors I will flag them up. If you would like your manuscript professionally proofread, I can refer you to experts.

Do you only provide manuscript assessments in the UK?

I can cater to writers from the UK, USA, Australia and anywhere else who may need a manuscript assessment. I can only provide manuscript assessments on English language novels however.

Will you help me get published?

I will give you an honest appraisal of your work and encouragement on how to get it into the best shape to stand a chance of publication. But sadly I can’t guarantee that it will happen.

Will you review picture books or children’s books?

No. My area of expertise is commercial adult novels, specialising in crime, thriller and mystery, so I could not deliver the results you deserve if I read your children’s fiction. If you are struggling to find someone you trust to review your work, do get in touch and I will try to help.

Can I send the manuscript through the post?

No, email only please.

Can I send handwritten work?

No, it will need to be a typed document for legibility.