Find out what’s working in your manuscript, what’s not, and how to fix it.
The Manuscript Critique Service provides:
In-depth notes from an Institute instructor, all published writers themselves, on the quality of your manuscript, including what’s working and not working in your story. This include your characters, voice, plot, dialogue, setting, and style.
- An annotated critique (comments are in the margins using Word’s Track Changes)
- Analysis on what’s working, and what’s not
- Insight into your weaknesses as well as your strengths
- Constructive feedback on whether your dialogue is strong, if your characters are compelling, and if your scenes interesting enough to grab a reader
- Recommendations on where you need to improve and if your grammar, spelling, or structure needs work
- Guidance for your next revision
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. The IFW critiquer looks at your submission with a fresh professional eye and is able to point out inconsistencies, unnecessary characters, scenes, or dialogue. An editor helps fix the problems and/or instructs how to fix those problems; editorial feedback usually comes at a later stage in the writing process when the work is much tighter. This is a critique only service.