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Pricing for Critiques

I offer a number of different professional critique services. You can have just a few chapters critiqued or your complete manuscript. And I also specialize in critiquing all the materials needed to submit your manuscript to agents or editors at publishing houses.

Scene Outline Critique

A scene outline critique is a great way to start the critique process. You’ll get a lot of in-depth feedback about your story structure, though this critique won’t be looking at your writing or scene structure. It usually takes me between 3-5 hours to do one.

I charge scene outlines at $100/hr.

I highly recommend first-time authors start with an outline critique. Not only is it less costly than a full critique, it will help spot potential structural problems that you can address and fix before submitting your manuscript. (I also offer all editing services, from content editing to proofreading.)

I have a great template you can use to create your scene outline. While I don’t require it, I feel it will help a lot! If you choose instead to write a scene summary, aim for one paragraph a scene, and include the elements noted in the template. Aim for three scenes a page (single spaced).

Here is the template.

Note: I accept manuscripts of all genres except erotica, and may decline a manuscript if it has excessive/gratuitous violence or profanity. If you feel your manuscript may fall into any of these categories, please contact me first to discuss.

To have your scene outline critiqued, you’ll need to pay for the first two hours up front. After making your payment, send me your Word document attached to an email. I can usually fit in scene outline critiques within a week. You’ll be billed for any remaining amount due on the critique.

Pay HERE for two hours.

Manuscript Critiques

Manuscript critiques are fully annotated, with comments on micro and macro elements, often with suggestions and observations noted on each page.

If you would rather have a read-through instead, which includes a more general summary and suggestions written up at the end (about 3 pages), I charge my hourly rate for that (less costly than a full critique). I can give you a rough estimate of the time it will take to read through, and I’ll have you pay for a few hours to start, with the balance due upon completion. Getting this kind of big-picture feedback is super helpful! Just shoot me an email and attach your Word doc to get started.

Please note that all materials should be formatted correctly before submitting (see Formatting Requirements). If that’s challenging to you (and that’s okay!), I can format your document for you. I like to adjust for partially blank pages when pricing, so feel free to submit a few extra pages.

The flat fees are as follows:

(All rates are in US Dollars)

Manuscript Critique (double-spaced):

  • 1-199 pages: $10.00 per page
  • 200+ pages: $8.00 per page

Fiction Synopsis Critique* (single spaced, one page): $100 (Note: this includes reviewing up to 3 revisions)

Query Critique** (single spaced, one page): $50 (Note: this includes reviewing up to 3 revisions)

Proposal Packet Critique for Fiction: (include your 1-page query letter**, 1-page synopsis*, and first three chapters of your novel [double-spaced] in one document totaling no more than sixty pages): $600

* Download this free article on how to write a professional fiction synopsis before you submit to me

** Download my free ebooklet on the right way to write a query letter before submitting