Manuscript Critique

Being a published author, I know well how much a book means to a writer. As the creator of our manuscript, we spend so much time with it that after a certain point, we become porous to mistakes and errors, and inadvertently let them seep into our prose, and regardless of numerous revisions, we can’t seem to get ahold of them. This is one of the main reasons why a manuscript, no matter how polished and revised, needs a thorough critique.

Another reason, why a critique is necessary, is that often we fail to say everything we have in our mind, not because we don’t know how to do it, but because we end up thinking that we’ve already explained everything perfectly. Whereas in reality, either we end up not saying enough or overdo it.

In any case, you need someone to read your book thoroughly, not only from a reader’s eyes but from a writer’s eyes as well, who knows how the book should read and also how it should be written.

OVERVIEW:

Novel Critique provides a detailed insight into your manuscript. It will identify the grey areas in your novel that need improvement and the ones that need rewrites or revisions. It will help you make your book submission-ready (or editing-ready if you’re considering self-publishing.)

It will be returned to you in the form of a digital* Critique Report in PDF format. In this report, I’ll be providing a chapter-by-chapter critique of all the elements listed below.

MANUSCRIPT/NOVEL CRITIQUE ELEMENTS:

  • Story structure
  • Writing style
  • Consistency of the narrative voice
  • Exposition consistency
  • Plot linearity
  • Pacing
  • Character arcs
  • Characterization issues
  • Exposition flaws
  • Potential plot holes
  • Consistency issues related tot he main plot – throughout the story
  • Continuity problems
  • Issues with primary as well as secondary characters and their backgrounds
  • Issues with subplots
  • Believability issues (especially in High Fantasy and Sci-Fi novels)
  • Problems with the point of views
  • Issues with chapter distribution and scene breakage
  • Head-hopping issues
  • Overall readability of the book
  • Issues with plot structuring
  • The Show, Don’t Tell issue
  • Settings and its consistency throughout the plot
  • Timelines and possible loopholes in it

SIDE ELEMENTS:

  • Genre assessment
  • Target audience
  • Marketability
  • Book jacket feedback
  • Anything and everything else that can possibly have an effect (positive or negative) on your chances of successfully publishing your book.

If you need a physical Critique Report, you’ll have to bear the costs of shipping.

FAQS:

Question: I’ve finished writing my manuscript, can I send it for novel critique?
Answer: Yes, but only if you’ve worked on your manuscript for at least 4-5 drafts and have thoroughly revised as well as edited it, to the best of your capability. If you send a half-baked manuscript, then it’ll only end up wasting your money and time.

Question: How can I request a quote for my manuscript’s critique?
Answer: Send me an email with the details of your manuscript (Name, Genre, Total Word Count and Synopsis) along with the first 3 chapters of your manuscript (please include the prologue if your manuscript has one.) I will revert within 48 hrs with the quote and slot availability.

Question: What are the slots?
Answer: In a month, I critique only 2 novels at most. Every month I designate 2 slots as per the availability of dates. You can pick a slot of your choice from the available ones.

TEStimonials:

“EXCELLENT AND EXTENSIVE REVIEW OF THE WORK. CLEARLY, VERY CAREFULLY READ (LIKELY MORE THAN ONCE) AND COMMENTS WERE CONSIDERED AND WELL THOUGHT-OUT. I AM SO SATISFIED THAT I AM GOING TO RE-ENGAGE HER ON A FOLLOW-UP GIG TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE REVISED WORK AS WELL. GREAT VALUE. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.”

– KYLE ELIOT | GENRE: SUSPENSE-THRILLER

HEENA EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS. HER CRITIQUE REPORT BRISTLED WITH PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS AND LEFT NO DOUBT ABOUT THE HARD WORK SHE’S PUT INTO IT. SHE’S FIGURED OUT THE MAIN ISSUES OF MY STORY AND PROVIDED SO MANY GOOD SUGGESTIONS THAT NOW I FEEL LIKE I OWE HER MORE THAN WHAT I PAID FOR HER SERVICE.

– ROSALIE R C MASCH | GENRE: YA, SCI-FI, FANTASY 

“HEENA’S CRITIQUE WAS VERY COMPREHENSIVE, CAREFUL AND TRUE. BOTH HER GENERAL AND PUNCTUAL ANALYSIS, CHAPTER BY CHAPTER, PRODUCED AN IMMEDIATE SENSE THAT MY WORK AS A WHOLE IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK, THOUGH SHE MADE ACCURATE AND VALUABLE RECOMMENDATIONS ON ASPECTS OF THE BOOK THAT REQUIRE EXTRA EFFORT. I AM VERY HAPPY WITH HER CRITIQUE AND VERY CONFIDENT.”

– ANDRE COSTA | GENRE: CONTEMPORARY FICTION

I’VE WRITTEN SHORT STORIES IN THE PAST AND HAVE GOT THEM CRITIQUED BUT GETTING A DETAILED REPORT FROM HEENA MA’AM WAS A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE. I’VE MADE CHANGES AS SUGGESTED BY HER AND NOW MY STORY MAKES A LOT MORE SENSE. I FEEL CONFIDENT ABOUT THE STORY NOW. THE BEST PART ABOUT HER CRITIQUE IS THAT SHE HAS POINTED OUT MINOR ISSUES AS WELL.
DONE WITH THE SECOND ROUND OF CRITIQUE AND I HOPE SHE’LL ACCEPT MY REQUEST TO EDIT THE NOVEL AS WELL.

– GIRISH ADVANI | GENRE: CONTEMPORARY DRAMA

I KNEW THAT HEENA WOULD PROVIDE A HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL ASSESSMENT OF MY STORY. SHE DID NOT DISSAPOINT AT ALL. I WAS GREATLY ENCOURAGED BY HER REPORT AND I UNDERSTOOD THE POINTS SHE MADE PERFECTLY. I WOULD CERTAINLY LIKE TO WORK WITH HEENA IN FUTURE.

– SIMON HAZELDEN | GENRE: FANTASY

“HEENA I HAVE BEEN MEANING TO TELL YOU HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR YOUR FEEDBACK. I MADE A STUDY OF IT, RE-WROTE IT ALL IN MY OWN WAY OF LOOKING AT IT AND I HAVE BEEN INCORPORATING MOST OF IT (ABOUT 80%) INTO MY NOVEL.
THANK YOU AGAIN, YOU WERE THE PERFECT CHOICE TO READ MY WORK.”

– XXXXXX (PSEUDONYM), AUTHOR OF ASYLUM RESIDENTT | GENRE: PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER, DARK FICTION

FANTASTIC! FINALLY, AFTER MANY ATTEMPTS TO FIND A PROFESSIONAL EDITOR TO WORK WITH… LOOK NO FURTHER, THIS GIG IS IT! THANK YOU AND I WILL GET BACK TO YOU SOON.

– DONNA STARRETT | GENRE: CHILDREN’S FANTASY

“HEENA IS THE BEST. SHE’S INVOLVED IN THE INDUSTRY SO HER REVIEWS, COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS ARE EXTREMELY HELPFUL AND ON POINT. SHE’S ALSO REALLY PLEASANT, THOROUGH AND CONSTRUCTIVE – VERY EASY TO WORK WITH. WORTH EVERY CENT, AND MORE, AND WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!”

– KYLE ELIOT (FOR THE REVISED DRAFT OF HIS MANUSCRIPT) | GENRE: SUSPENSE-THRILLER

“SHE WAS AMAZING AND VERY ATTENTIVE, CREATING QUALITY WORK! DEFINITELY GOING TO BE A REPEAT CUSTOMER!!”

– SALLY

“VERY GOOD WORK – LOTS OF SPECIFIC DETAIL ON HOW TO IMPROVE THE MANUSCRIPT.”

– JIM | GENRE: COZY MYSTERY