Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Manuscript Critiquing Service: The First Five Pages

Over the years, I've edited a number of books that have suffered from choices the author has made regarding style, voice, time, place, or person. Sometimes, the book starts in the wrong place, and the result is too much backstory. There may be a misunderstanding of point of view, a tendency to head-hop, or failure to manage multiple points of view without losing the focus of the narrative.

Often, these books come to me for editing when they are over 100,000 words in length, and some have been as high as 300,000!

For most authors, it's not a problem; they are prepared to go away and redraft, but for others, it feels like there is too much work involved, and so they publish what they've got, or worse, give up and move on with the next project.

Something I've learnt from my own writing is that it's far better to catch these issues early on, and many of my clients appear to share that feeling.

As a result, I'm now accepting works in the early stages of development, or works that the author has completed a draft of and plans to self-edit, but wants some pointers as to where to start.

The Manuscript Critiquing Service I am offering is currently only for the first five pages.

For a flat rate of $40, payable through Paypal, I will provide you with a report on issues of content and copy. The report will be at least 500 words long, and there will also be numerous comments and corrections on the manuscript using the "track changes" facility. I aim to get the report back to you within one week.

Submission requirements:

Please email your first five pages as an attachment to derekpprior[at]gmail.com in the following format:

1. Word or Pages document

2. Times New Roman 12pt font

3. Double line spacing

4. Text left-aligned

5. Standard margin width

Once I receive your submission, I'll send you an invoice for $40 via Paypal. As soon as the invoice is paid, I will commence work.

Should you decide to request a full edit (any of the services listed in the side bar), I will deduct the cost of the critique from that service.


  1. I've been offering something similar for a few months now, and I have been finding it very worthwhile. Glad to see you're offering this! It's a really great way to save time and money later on in your writing/publishing process, and Derek's editing is peerless.

  2. It's one of the most enjoyable parts of editing: critiquing and diagnosing a way forward.