Critiques

I’m sorry but I am currently closed to new critiques. Please check back in Sept 2017.

What is a critique? In Australia, it’s often referred to as a “manuscript assessment”. It means someone with professional experience reads your novel or story and provides a detailed report on what’s working and what’s not working. Sometimes (but not always) the assessor will make suggestions on how to fix the problems. If not, you’re on your own!

For most writers, this leaves them floundering. I don’t believe this kind of critique helps you much at all. I approach a critique or assessment in terms of “what can I do to help the writer make this manuscript better – ideally, so much better that it’s publishable”. What does my critique of your work involve? I provide comments on the following:

* structure
* characterization
* plot
* dialogue
* setting
* theme
* style and voice

I will also give comments on smaller issues within the manuscript. Where the manuscript is a picture book, for example, specific aspects of what a picture book text requires is added in to the critique. I make suggestions where I think they are helpful, and offer “food for thought” – new directions, possibilities, places and aspects to explore. Further discussion is always available.

I do not do copyediting, i.e. correcting grammar, spelling and punctuation – this can be incredibly time-consuming and costly. But I know from my years of teaching that not all of you received the grounding in grammar that you needed at school. If you are serious about writing and publishing, and you are having problems in these areas, I can help you take steps yourself to increase your skills.

FEES (which include GST)

Picture books up to 800 words – $165
6 poems up to 150 lines – $165
Children’s chapter books up to 5,000 words – $330
Novels – either for children, YA or adults – first 10,000 words $330. $110 per 10,000 words after that (negotiable).

Poetry manuscripts – by negotiation

Please email me via my Contact page.

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