Find out what’s working in your manuscript, what’s not, and how to fix it.
The best person to give a manuscript critique is someone with years of experience in the publishing industry. As seasoned editors and/or published authors themselves, our instructors understand market needs and trends.
It’s essential to receive constructive feedback from an objective source. Set your manuscript apart from the rest with a professional critique — before submitting it to an editor or agent.
Take your manuscript to the next level with an in-depth analysis
by a publishing industry professional.
You’ll receive a professional, objective review of the quality of your manuscript from an ICL or IFW instructor.
Learn exactly how your characters, voice, plot, dialogue, setting, and style are resonating with readers.
Your critiquer will identify strengths and weaknesses in your manuscript through an annotated critique. You’ll receive edits in the margins of your story using Word’s Track Changes.
You’ll also receive an instructional letter with in-depth suggestions for how to make your manuscript shine.
Whenever you’re ready! Best practice is to submit for a professional critique sooner rather than later. It’s best to have an early draft revised, to set you on the right path!
Once your critiquer receives your manuscript, we’ll get it back to you within 2-3 weeks.
At the Institute, we understand the importance of Show, Don't Tell.
“Now that I have some feedback about my story, I am determined to continue to work on it. Some of the suggestions were things I had thought about, but not being in this business, honestly, I was confused about where to go next. Giving up was my next option. I don’t have the background to know what to add or what to leave out. This critique was so incredibly helpful and well worth the money. I have renewed motivation!” – Joan Porter
Manuscript Critique Services FAQs
Constructive feedback through an annotated critique using Word Track Changes, two pages of analysis on what’s working and what’s not, recommendations for how to improve your story structure, setting, characters, plot, dialogue, grammar, and spelling, plus guidance on your next revision! Check out an example of a Critique Service submission here.
The purpose of a critique is to improve the story: to identify overall problems in a manuscript in order to allow the writer to revise in a focused and productive way. When a manuscript is critiqued, it’s an opportunity to find out if your reader is confused, believes your character, and whether your scenes ring true, feel right, and make sense. An ICL/IFW instructor looks at your submission with a professional eye, points out inconsistencies, unnecessary characters, scenes, or dialogue and offers suggestions to make your manuscript shine!
Yes! You are welcome to submit as many manuscripts as you have ready for critique.
We advise you to submit your manuscript for a professional critique sooner than later. It’s best to have an early draft revised, to set you on the right path! If you submit the first fifty pages, the feedback you receive will help determine how much work you need to do on your story structure, setting, characters, plot, dialogue, and writing style.
Click any of the Manuscript Critique Service offerings listed above—depending on your preferred audience, genre, and word count. Once you make a selection, you’ll be taken to our online bookstore. Add the critique offering of your choice to the shopping cart. We’ll follow up immediately with directions and a form to submit your manuscript.
Once you submit, your critiquer will make their edits and get your reviewed manuscript back to you within 2-3 weeks.
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