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Critique Services

Before you submit your manuscript to an agent, editor, or competition, get professional feedback from 2nd Draft Critique Services. These critique services give a high-level review of your writing, pointing out reasons your work may be getting rejected, or may not meet the standards of traditional publication.

 

 2nd Draft is available for query letters, synopses, short stories, and picture books as well as for longer works, including novels, memoirs, and nonfiction books. A 2nd Draft critique gives you an overall evaluation of your manuscripts strengths and weaknesses, specific comments related to your work, and target market. You will also come away with a clear idea of how to revise your work.

 

Editing Services are also available.

 

 Manuscript Critique Service

Manuscript Critique

  • • Designed for novel and nonfiction book manuscripts 50 pages or more.
  • • Get an overall evaluation of your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses
  • • $3.00/page (50 page minimum)

Submit Your Manuscript

 Short Story Critique

Short Story Critique

  • • Designed for short stories 5-30 pages
  • • Get professional feedback on plot, characterization, story arc and more.
  • • $4.00/page (5 page minimum)

Submit Your Manuscript

 Agent Plot Critique

Agent Plot Critique

  • • Designed for a professional agent critique of your novel's plot (delivered via a logline and a 1,000-word plot synopsis)
  • • A literary agent will evaluate the strengths and weakenesses of your plot and provide a clear idea on how to revise it for the most compelling story.
  • • $49.99

Submit Your Synopsis

 Personal Essay Critique

Personal Essay Critique

  • • Designed for personal essays between 500 and 10,000 words
  • • Get professional feedback on structure, voice, focus, clarity and more.
  • • $.04/word (500 word minimum)

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 Picture Book Critique

Picture Book Critique

  • • Designed for picture books up to 750 words
  • • Provides content feedback for fiction and nonfiction picture books and guidance on appropriateness for target age group
  • • $39.99

Submit Your Manuscript

 Query Letter Critique

Query Letter Critique

  • • Designed for 1-page query letters
  • • Focuses on your opening, biographical information, hook, referral information, and closing
  • • $39.99

Submit Your Letter

 Synopsis Critique

Synopsis Critique

  • • Designed for a 2-page synopsis
  • • Evaluates your synopsis to ensure it clearly articulates the value proposition of your manuscript.
  • • $49.99

Submit Your Synopsis

 

What Our Customers Are Saying About 2nd Draft

"Your 2nd Draft Critique Service was just what I needed. Not only did it help with areas that needed fixing, it also helped motivate me to keep going. My prior writing experience did not include the writing of a novel, so I had doubts as to whether or not I was even headed in the right direction. I didnt want to write ninety thousand plus words, only to find out that Id need to fix everything. The editor assigned to my first fifty pages was very helpful. He pointed out all areas that needed to be worked on, but also pointed out the positives of my book. With his help, I fixed the areas he pointed out to me and submitted to a couple of publishers. Actually got back excellent feedback on the book itself. Now I just need to submit to a publisher that is looking for this type of story. Thanks again, 2nd Draft Critique Service was just what I needed to help guide me in the right direction without spending a fortune."
~ J.A.E.

"2nd Draft offered me a professional pair of fresh eyes and the spit shine my manuscript needed. I can now submit my first three chapters without hesitation."
- Lynne Ellis Marino

"I was extremely pleased with the results I got from 2nd Draft. As a new writer, I was dying for some professional advice after finishing my first novel. The critique I received was invaluable. My editor, Terri Valentine, sent me a personal letter giving me advice on everything from POV flaws to grammatical mistakes to ways of making my book more of a page turner. In addition, she left comments, corrections, and suggestions throughout the pages I sent her. I will be forever grateful. Thank you 2nd Draft!"
- Kim Chavez

"The author providing feedback to me was great. She confirmed some things I questioned myself and also highlighted some areas and provided some insight I had not yet considered. She went well beyond my expectations. There was also a very quick turnaround time from the time she received it until the time she provided feedback to me. I was very satisfied. I will use the service again."
- Tracy Jackson

"I sent three short stories from an up-coming book to 2nd Draft and was pleasantly surprised by the critique. Gloria Kempton did a full page single spaced critique on each story. She had some very good ideas for some additions to my writing. It was nice to have a fresh eye look at my work. I am a member of a writers group and get critiques from all of them, but having someone take a look at my work cold without knowing me was much appreciated and helpful. If Gloria is typical of the other members of 2nd Draft it would be money well spent to get there feedback."
~ Daniel Burch Fiddler, BEYOND THE SHADOW OF MY PAGODA

"For me, the Second Draft Critique, was an invaluable tool. The 'critiquer' was knowledgeable and gave me some good ideas about my manuscript. I hadnt published anything in a while, but, I sent her the draft of my Christian manuscriptand I was encouraged by her feedback. Im glad I sent it in."
~ B. J. Gradney

"I am serious about my writing. Ive been successful with business articles and books, but I want to write mystery stories. Its more difficult that I though. My wife likes everything I write, of course, but she doesnt publish books. So I turned to various services that promise to make my book a success. In each case I was left angry and disappointed. I dont think they even read the book. When Writers Digest offered it Draft Critique, I gave it a shot. The result was a wonderful surpriseopinions that made sensereal help, The critique was written with sensitivity and care, well worth the investment."
~ Dave Crosby, The Zero Defects Option