Manuscript Critique Services

I’m a good writing coach and manuscript analyst for fiction, academic work (especially scientific or IT), or factually-based nonfiction; possibly for memoir, depending on where you want to go with it.

As a result of my combined science and arts background, I’m particularly good at seeing where people are stuck and getting them unstuck, and providing a sounding board for ideas.

Fiction | top

 I can help you look at all major structural elements e.g. character, voice, setting, story, the story arc, intention, beginning, middle, end, balance issues, length, form, and so on.

A note on science fiction/fantasy, which is a genre many people are less than familiar with: Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Ursula Le Guin, and even Salman Rushdie have written in this genre. It covers a lot of ground, from social and political allegory to sword and sorcery to magic realism, and it contains, especially in science fiction, some of the most daring explorations of social and political ideas being done today.

IT/Academic/Technical | top

I will read IT or academic presentations and papers for content, clarity, readability, and structure. I will help you clarify your ideas, understand your audience, and see how you need to go about putting across what you want to say.  I’ll provide a sounding board to help you see what your strongest material is, and also to understand what a potential reader might and might not know.

For academic papers, I’ll  also help you look for any holes in your arguments so that the paper is rigorous. I am a native speaker of science/math/geek speak and can follow most technical papers and, unlike your colleagues, provide a perspective that’s not preoccupied with details of the research (important though they are).

Book-length Manuscript | top

A manuscript analysis of a full book, done properly, is a significant time commitment for me and a financial commitment for you. If you are interested, please send me the manuscript via email (also the synopsis & query blurb if you’ve written them). I will glance through it, and if I think I can help we can schedule a free 15 minute Skype consultation so you can get an idea of what sort of insight you’ll be getting and what the cost will be.

Fees will vary depending on the book, half due before I start working on the manuscript in detail and half when I’m ready to send you my report. I’m happy to provide more details of what the report will cover via email.

Shorter Manuscriptstop

$65/hour for discussion and reading time, billing in 1/2 hour increments.

You’re welcome to send me a 2-3 page sample so I can give you an idea of how long I think reading your work will take. It will depend on your level of skill and the complexity of the material. Technical or scientific material takes longer to read than regular prose.

Payment top

Payment is via PayPal.