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.
How it works
Submit your application
You'll be prompted to upload two documents – your full manuscript and a cover letter. In the covering letter, give us a a short, paragraph-long pitch for your book and let us know whereabouts in the process you are with it; whether it's a first draft or one you've been working on for a while, and what you're hoping for from this report.
We'll find the right reader
Once we've found a match, we'll approve your submission on our system and you’ll be able to book and pay for your report. Once you've paid, your documents will then go off to the reader.
Your reader will assess the manuscript
You’ll then receive your report within your chosen turnaround time. Your report will give you feedback on what’s working and what’s not in the manuscript as it stands, and provide clear action points for your next steps.
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.
I'm delighted with the report. The encouragement is extremely helpful to me at this point, but best of all, the tweaks and alterations are so clearly laid out and straightforward to accomplish.
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.