The Ultimate Manuscript Assessment
A report from publishing professionals to prepare for literary agency submission.
Prepare for submission to literary agents
If you have taken your novel as far as you can and are feeling word blind, it may be time to pass your labour of love into safe hands for fresh eyes and wise advice.
Achieve your ambition to get published with a developmental edit and a marked-up manuscript from publishing professionals from major publishing houses and the Big Five publishers.
This is the service for writers keen to approach literary agents. The Novelry’s manuscript assessment service comes recommended by the world’s leading literary agencies.
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.
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 to send your novel to the trusted literary agencies we know will love it. If it’s not, we’ll tell you why. You will have a clear plan for your next steps to achieve your ambition to get published.
An in-depth report
A comprehensive assessment of your manuscript.
From the Big Five major publishers like Penguin Random House.
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The Marked-Up Manuscript
The Video Debrief
Next Steps: Your Path To Publishing
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For those who have not taken our courses, we offer a pre-qualification service for our assessment. To apply, please send a brief one-page summary or synopsis of your novel or memoir and the first 500 words to [email protected] in advance of purchase.
‘Experienced and brilliant editors’
The editorial service with rave 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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