- Good for the price. Jack Adler is great to work with. Review by Anders
This is not a heavy duty editing service, but still of great value for an inexperienced writer. Jack Adler was great to work with and responded quickly and to the point. He gave good advice on large scale issues of plot, wordiness, pace and so on; fundamental stuff that needs to be right. I did rather massive revisions of my manuscript based on his inputs, being as thorough as I could be in applying his advice. I was able to distill the thing down to 2/3 of its original size. It allowed me to focus sharply on what was important to say, rather than to go off on little tangents, however amusing.
(Posted on 4/4/14)
- Excellent Service Review by PETER
As a novice writer I found this service to be excellent. Last year I had the first 100 pages of my novel Critiqued. On the basis of this I did a complete edit. This year I had the complete book Critiqued. I'm now making final changes before publication.
Jack Adler did the Critiques. He did my reviews in a timely manner, was and blunt. All of which I appreciated. He is the best.
(Posted on 3/20/14)
- Rather Generic Review by Bemish
I purchased a 2nd Draft Manuscript Critique Service. Disclaimer: I may have not selected the critique appropriate for the type of review I needed.
I was hoping for a critique of the story arc presented in the first 100 pages of my story. Ideally, something that would have included mark-ups on my draft that I saw in an example from the website. I received a very nice but rather generic five page note of encouragement that picked out a couple of characters and a quote. My sense was the review was a bit of a cut-and-paste (including a repeated paste at one point). The review sadly misidentified the genre of the story and thus was little use in assessing the impact of the story at all (that in itself maybe a powerful critique!). Suggestions were generic and not incidental to the plot, such as the classic “SHOW AND NOT TELL”.
Honestly, I expected too much for the price paid – a close review of 100 pages would probably take a day or two, and $300 would hardly cover that much time. The low price also means that the reviewer is not available for any follow-up questions should the customer have any. Other review services from 2nd Draft might be useful, but I would not purchase a Manuscript Critique Service again.
(Posted on 3/2/14)
- very helpful Review by Ayo
This is a powerful tool that points a writer in the direction of his/her dream
(Posted on 7/3/13)