Fiction Manuscript Evaluation

A Manuscript Evaluation is more comprehensive than a Beta Read and less thorough than a Developmental edit.

  • Ideal for manuscripts that have gone through beta reads, but the feedback wasn’t deep or substantial enough before sending to a developmental editor or agent.
  • Perhaps you’ve already received a developmental edit, and you changed the manuscript significantly. But a second developmental edit is too costly.
  • Rather than a full Developmental edit, an Evaluation may be right for manuscripts that fit tightly in sub-genres like epic fantasy, space opera, fantasy romance, etc. or for experienced authors just looking for another set of seasoned eyes.


My approach combines close attention to structure and story like a developmental edit, and feedback like that received in a workshop. This comprises close reading of the work, delving into not just the mechanics of the piece, but how effective the story works.

I seek to reveal what the author has elicited (intentionally or not) and review choices of voice, style, and form. I pose questions from the reader’s perspective the author may not have asked themselves.

Evaluations start at $30 per 10,000 words: Each work is unique and every author’s circumstances are different. I work with each author to provide a custom quote. Contact