The Professional Manuscript Assessment
Achieve your ambition to get published with a marked-up manuscript and developmental edit from publishing professionals from major Big Five publishers.
Our in-house professional editorial team will evaluate every aspect of your story and writing: from the overall narrative arc to each character, from pace and momentum to prose and dialogue, and provide a marked-up manuscript and a detailed, in-depth report typically of 15–20 pages with a 45-minute Zoom session with your editor.
If you have taken your novel as far as you can and are feeling word blind, and can no longer see the wood for the trees, it may be time to pass your labour of love into safe hands for fresh eyes and wise advice.
This is the service for writers keen to approach agents and publishers. Once you’ve made your editorial revisions following the feedback from your editor, if we agree your manuscript is ready for submission, we’ll make a plan for securing agent representation with our literary agency partners. If it’s not, we’ll tell you why. The Novelry’s manuscript assessment service comes recommended by the world’s leading literary agencies.
The Ultimate Manuscript Assessment
A clear plan for your next steps towards achieving your ambition to get published.
Your editor will work on your manuscript, marking up your chapters with encouraging notes on excellent storytelling and polished prose, as well as offering feedback on areas that could be improved, covering every aspect of your story: structure, setting, narrative arc, character development, pace, plot and so much more.
1. Your Ambition
We’ll begin with your ambition and identify how the work meets the requirements of your chosen publishing genre, and offer suggestions for its positioning and potential within the current market to highlight its best opportunities to whet the appetites of publishers and readers.
2. The Pitch, Covering Letter and Synopsis
An in-depth analysis of these essential elements of vital importance to a writer when submitting to literary agents. We’ll give you top tips for a great synopsis, and offer advice to revise the cover letter too in line with your ambitions to ensure they’re compelling, commercial and will excite prospective literary agents.
3. Editorial Notes
A thorough and intensive written report that evaluates the structure, the setting, the characters and the plot and pace of your manuscript. You’ll receive advice and practical steps to improve these elements as we look at the big picture of your book the way a publishing editor thinks.
4. A Marked-Up Manuscript
A fully marked-up manuscript that looks at your work, at the structure, the narrative arc and to focus sentence by sentence, to consider what each line, paragraph and scene add to your story, your character and plot.
5. Live Video Debrief
A 45-minute debrief with your editor to hear feedback on your story, with the opportunity for you to ask further questions and to consider your best path to publishing. Recorded for you to keep, accompanying your report.
6. Your Path to Publishing
An action plan for next steps towards submission to develop or revise your manuscript towards securing representation and publication. We will advise you how we can help and agree a planned pathway.
A year’s membership of The Novelry is included for you to benefit from live classes, sessions with authors, agents and publishing professionals, Catch Up TV, workshops and our resources and to book any additional sessions with our editorial team.
7. The Editorial Team
Your professional publishing editorial team are expert publishing editors from the Big 5 publishing houses who have experience in acquiring and editing bestsellers in every genre of adult fiction, as well as children’s fiction, YA fiction and memoir. They will bring you up-to-date advice to ensure you’re on the right track for the current publishing market.
8. Literary Agents
The Novelry is partnered with leading literary agencies in the USA and the UK, operating worldwide and representing the biggest names in fiction. They look forward to receiving our graduates’ manuscripts through our carefully managed submissions service. We submit our graduates’ work when the manuscript is ready and likely to succeed in our judgement. A great agent can get you a traditional publishing deal, as well as TV and film rights too.
The Novelry is home to novelists worldwide and you’ll be invited to exciting online events with publishing professionals, literary agents and authors, and be able to join live writing classes and workshops with our writing coaches. As a member, you’ll enjoy the support of our thriving and active worldwide online community, interaction with fellow students and get encouraging and helpful feedback from the team and from the best beta-readers – writers like you.
Apply for your manuscript appraisal today.
If you have not taken our courses, please send a brief one-page summary or synopsis of your novel or memoir story and the first 500 words in advance of purchase to apply to [email protected]. The evaluation service with our honest assessment is completely free.
After you are accepted, and sign up, you will be able to submit your fiction or memoir manuscript to 100,000 words as a Word document through our online form. If you have an agent cover letter prepared, you can send this via email to [email protected]. We will be in touch to invite you to book in for your live session within 4–6 weeks.
We will only submit to literary agencies if the manuscript meets the standard for successful submission in our judgement. We cannot guarantee submission, nor representation. We neither ask nor receive any commission from the literary agencies for submission of your work with your full prior agreement. (Check the small print in the terms of other literary consultancies.) Our relationship with our literary agency partners is based on trust and excellence.
We offer simple, honest pricing. It’s worth noting that we are not the cheapest service on the market – we aim to be the best.
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The Professional Manuscript Appraisal Service with 5* Reviews
“Experienced and brilliant editors. Tightening the pitch during the manuscript assessment service live session gave me the focus to drive through the changes identified in the notes and marked-up manuscript. It gave me fresh perspective and energy to tackle issues in my manuscript – I would recommend very highly.”
“The Novelry’s approach leaves no word unturned, but the tone is always encouraging. The three-prong approach of a face-to-face discussion, followed by a wider in-depth report on structural edits with the chance to review detailed suggestions for micro edits throughout the manuscript worked brilliantly. If you are tempted to send out a manuscript when you know it isn’t firing on all cylinders, don’t do it! Get the Ultimate Manuscript Assessment. This was a hugely enjoyable process. I learned how to develop my manuscript with publication in mind, but I also learned a lot about myself as a writer. Don’t hesitate!”
“Extremely generous, positive and beautifully put, just spot on. Clarity and bang-on recommendations for improvement from someone I quickly trusted to have the book’s best interests at heart. The editorial team’s notes were thoughtful, thought-provoking but also I felt they came from a place of honesty and a genuine desire to make it a better book. I go back to them before I start any editing. You might think this manuscript assessment service is more expensive than others but the depth and breadth of their professional feedback makes it worth its weight in gold. Plus, if they like your work, they’ll introduce you to agents.”
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