Our most comprehensive report – a full MOT on your manuscript.
About this report
So you've finished your draft - congratulations! While it's a moment to celebrate (no matter if it's your first draft or your fiftieth), it can also feel pretty daunting. A full-length manuscript is a difficult thing to edit, and often it's much easier for someone who isn't as close to the work as you are to look at the bigger picture and see where the strengths and weaknesses are.
This report offers just that - we'll pair you with an experienced editor, who'll be looking at things like plot, structure, pace, characterisation, narrative voice and technique. They'll be able to advise you on what's working well and what could be stronger, with specific considerations to the genre you're writing in and your own aims for the finished book.
Is this the right report for me?
If you're looking for a rigorous, practical and comprehensive evaluation of your manuscript – advice on where to take it next, and how – then this report can help.
Although this service is primarily designed for novels, we also have readers who specialise in some types of narrative non-fiction as well as short stories - get in touch if you'd like to know whether this report would be suitable for your project.
For works of up to 50,000 words£375
For works of up to 100,000 words£500
This report is designed for full manuscripts – it doesn't need to be a final draft, but it should be finished. If you're still working on your novel, you can submit a partial manuscript (up to 30,000 words) for a How's My Driving? report.
Not sure if your manuscript fits this description, or what you should include? Get in touch with your requirements and we'll be able to let you know if this report is the right one.
I am extremely impressed with your reader's critique. It is in turns encouraging and critical, and there is a lot to work with... [it] will allow me to revisit the novel with the passion and optimism needed.
I cannot thank my reader enough for their report. It is solid gold. It is so thorough and insightful [...] incredibly generous in its scope. It has boosted my confidence in exactly the way I needed to see my manuscript into its next draft.
turns encouraging and critical, and there is a lot to work with... will allow me to revisit the novel with the passion and optimism needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is standard turnaround versus express?
Our standard turnaround will get the report back to you within four weeks of your booking. If you need it sooner than that, you can request an express turnaround (seven working days) for an additional fee of £100, subject to reader availability.