A manuscript evaluation is a great place to start when you are wanting to evaluate what shape your story is in. While this editing process covers many of the things that a developmental edit does, it does not go into detailed edits. Your manuscript will receive one pass, evaluating such things as plotline, pacing, writing style, places where the narrative loses steam, and places where it moves nicely. The editor will look at world building, genre conventions, characterization and language. This process can be used in a couple of stages in the development of your story. It can be used with a relatively new novel to get a clear third-person analysis of what it working and what isn’t, or it can be used after you have done a few rounds of revision and would like to get a feel for what stage it is in. While there is no line editing or in-text notations, you will have a clear outline to think about as you revise the manuscript.
A Big Picture Look
Some of the things that will be evaluated include:
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