- Great Critique and Great Insights Review by D.A.
I sent the first 50 pages of my completed 250 page manuscript to the critique team. I could not be more pleased with the depth of review and the insights the critiquer gave me.
It was delivered within the 3 week time frame, and was 9 pages of complete gold. Not only did it give me a synopsis and tag line that were on point with the first part of my work, but it also gave me valuable suggestions as to where I could improve.
With their suggestions, my manuscript is clearer and my character stronger. They pointed out a flaw I had overlooked, all very kindly and succinctly, and for that I am very grateful, and gave ideas as to how I could improve the marketability and overall read of the piece.
I recommend this service to all writers. The sheer information you can glean from it is invaluable to say the least and I will be submitting my entire manuscript in the near future to be reviewed. While the price is hefty, it's more than worth it for the information you get.
(Posted on 8/14/2014)
- Very Satisfied with the Results Review by MMC
The Developmental Editing Service provides you with a synopsis and detailed high-level feedback on concept, plot, characters, dialogue, and other items. I chose this service because I believed it could provide me with feedback that was more in-depth (and honest) than what my beta readers could provide. I do think my beta readers ARE equipped to provide me with the line edits and commentary provided by the 2nd Draft Critique Service, which is why I chose this one, despite the higher fee.
I was very happy with the results. My editor gave me thoughtful, insightful, helpful feedback that I would not have come up with on my own--that is exactly what I was looking for. She provided both positive feedback and suggestions for improvement, and although I am literally paying for criticism, I appreciated that she was never rude or ruthless in her critiques. She presented it in a way that simply made sense rather than hurt my feelings, you know? That is an incredible skill!
Because this service is so expensive, I expected incredible service. I received it. They accommodated me when I requested a female editor and when I sent a revised version of my draft a few days after submitting my first version (note the page numbers were the same). Also, I received the report in about 2 weeks!! I expected it to take at least a month, so I was pleasantly surprised.
I would definitely recommend this to writers who have completed a full manuscript and edited it on their own as much as possible. I knocked off a star because 1) you never receive the name of the editor and 2) there were a couple of mistakes in the synopsis. That wasn't a big deal, but it's not like I could just appropriate the synopsis and use it for myself as I hoped--it requires editing!
Overall, I truly believe this is valuable. My thinking was that either I would not find an agent/publisher without this sort of review OR I WOULD find one, but they wouln't take the time to make these sort of edits. Your novel is basically your soul on the page--I think this service is definitely worth the money!
(Posted on 1/2/2014)