A manuscript evaluation is so much fun. I get to find plot holes, help characters grow, and so much more! I like bouncing ideas around and pointing out certain elements that can be expanded upon. I also keep up with the worldbuilding. For example, I’ve taken notes over what spells do, how much do humans know and/or accept, and more!
The pictures below are interactive to see what a manuscript evaluation looks like. Since I don’t do any edits in the manuscript, it shows examples of my notes and the chapter-by-chapter analysis.
If you follow my blog, you might recognize how my analysis is structured. However, with a manuscript evaluation, the feedback is specific with examples from your story. This section itself can span up to seven pages of tips for your worldbuilding, plot, characters, voice, dialogue, and more.
I do make some comments similar to copyediting but only in the chapter-by-chapter analysis. I added the analysis because it’s important to get those specific pointers.
Here are some manuscript evaluation testimonials:
I can’t put into words how grateful I am for my wonderful editor. Together we are working hard to make my work be the best it can. I have hired her twice and I’m going to keep going with her as long as I can. It is hard to find chemistry with an editor but she and I found it. If you need an editor she is the editor you want!— Vianlix-Christine Schneider
Robin was supremely helpful! She did a query letter review and a manuscript evaluation for my debut novel of about 90,000 words. I couldn’t be happier with her assistance. She gave me a very detailed analysis for my manuscript, some 17 pages worth, which was chockful of ideas, suggestions, and error corrections. And all that was after 3 months of self-editing! The query letter, after 3 revisions with her, ended up being lean & polished, ready for submission. Communications were plentiful & timely. She’s a consummate professional and is highly recommended!
Bottom line: Her collaboration has made me a better writer, and I’m thankful for that!— Roger Gilmore