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Manuscript Evaluation

An in-depth expert analysis of your story.

If you’re looking for an expert’s opinion on the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript, or guidance on the steps you should take to tackle revisions, then a manuscript evaluation is just what you need.

How it works:

  1. I begin by asking you to summarise your story, so I can understand your vision and perception of it.
  2. Next, I’ll scan the beginning, middle and end of the manuscript, as this will give me a sense of the bigger picture and help me to determine if your vision has translated onto the pages.
  3. Then, I’ll start my analysis, reading through the story scene by scene to determine what’s working and what isn’t.

What you’ll get:

  • An expert analysis of your story that will identify story-level, scene-level and localised issues
  • A 4+ page editorial letter giving you a detailed overview of your story’s strengths, issues requiring your attention and the steps you should take to improve your manuscript
  • A 60-minute Zoom call where we’ll discuss my findings, brainstorm solutions and devise a plan to guide your next steps

The result:

  • You’ll discover your strengths as a writer, as well as your story’s strengths
  • You’ll have a clear understanding of how to improve your manuscript and an idea of the steps you should take to revise

$0.0125 per word

E.g. $1,000 for an 80,000-word manuscript


Tanya Nellestein

“Libby’s evaluation of my manuscript was spot on! She offered pratical guidance in the steps I should take to tackle revisions. Her services are a worthy investment for any writer wanting to take their novel to the next level.”

TANYA NELLESTEIN

Developmental Editing

A comprehensive and thorough developmental edit of your story.

A developmental edit is the first step in the editing process. Its purpose is to ensure that all the fundamental elements of story are present and working together to create an immersive and engaging experience for the reader. Many authors carry out their own developmental edits after receiving feedback from beta readers, which is fine — if those readers know what to look for. By getting a professional developmental edit, you will be giving your story the best chance of success, no matter what your publication goals are for it.

How it works:

  1. I begin by asking you to summarise your story, so I can understand your vision and perception of it.
  2. Next, I’ll scan the beginning, middle and end of the manuscript, as this will give me a sense of the bigger picture and help me to determine if your vision has translated onto the pages.
  3. Then, I’ll start my analysis, reading through the story scene by scene to determine what’s working and what isn’t.
  4. After my initial analysis of a scene, I’ll then do a deeper dive, giving each scene another pass to identify issues pertaining to character, plot, structure, setting, point of view, pacing, voice and style (showing vs telling, info dumping, dialogue, etc.)

What you’ll get:

  • A comprehensive and thorough developmental edit of your story that will identify story-level, scene-level and localised issues
  • An 8+ page editorial letter giving you a detailed overview of your story’s strengths, issues requiring your attention and the steps you should take to improve your manuscript
  • In-line comments throughout your manuscript showing you exactly where you’ve nailed an element of story, those aspects that can be strengthened, and what should be addressed in future edits, including common errors made at a grammatical level
  • A 60-minute Zoom call where we’ll discuss my findings, brainstorm solutions and devise a plan to guide your next steps

The result:

  • You’ll discover your strengths as a writer, as well as your story’s strengths
  • You’ll see, on the page, exactly what’s working and what isn’t
  • You’ll have a clear understanding of how to improve your manuscript and an in-depth knowledge of how to strengthen your manuscript

$0.032 per word

E.g. $2,560 for an 80,000-word manuscript


Nancy Cunningham avatar

“Libby has helped me shape the structure of my manuscript, enhance its themes and deepen both character and point of view. My manuscript is a much stronger story for Libby’s involvement, and with her help, I can put my best draft forward. I’m enormously grateful to her and highly recommend working with her.”

NANCY CUNNINGHAM

Sample Developmental Edit

A comprehensive developmental edit of your first two chapters.

If you’re curious about developmental editing, your strengths as a writer, or the kinds of issues that might be present in your manuscript, why not try a sample edit? I’m happy to conduct developmental edits on as little as two chapters (so I can get a feel for how you transition from one chapter to the next).

What you’ll get:

  • A comprehensive developmental edit of your first two chapters that will identify issues relating to character, plot, structure, setting, point of view, pacing, voice and style (showing vs telling, info dumping, dialogue, etc.)
  • A 2+ page editorial letter giving you a detailed overview of the strengths of your story’s opening and issues requiring your attention, some of which may have a flow-on effect throughout your manuscript — addressing them may help you to strengthen your story on a larger scale
  • In-line comments throughout your two-chapter sample, showing you exactly where you’ve nailed an element of story, those aspects that can be strengthened, and what should be addressed in future edits, including common errors made at a grammatical level
  • A 30-minute Zoom call where we’ll discuss my findings, brainstorm solutions and devise a plan to guide your next steps

The result:

  • You’ll discover your strengths as a writer, as well as the strengths of your story’s opening
  • You’ll see, on the page, exactly what’s working and what isn’t
  • You’ll have a clear understanding of how to improve your story’s opening

$0.032 per word

E.g. $160 for a 5,000-word sample


“Libby, I appreciate your feedback on my opening scene. That little bit alone got me thinking about how to improve the initial meeting of my two main characters. It’s funny, I’ve always felt something was missing in that section but never knew what it was. One tiny assessment by you and it all makes sense. Thank you!”

LISA STANBRIDGE

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