You choose the depth of critique that most suits your needs:
As detailed as line-by-line editing
As general as an overall evaluation
As broad as organization for your collection
Every writer’s needs are different, based on experience and genre and input already received in workshops or from friendly readers. The only consistent need is for eyes other than our own to look over our manuscripts.
If you’ve been writing and publishing for a long while, you may need no more than copyediting. This is sometimes done in-house if you have a publisher, but often these days writers are expected to have an edited, copyedited, vetted, and proofed manuscript for the publisher.
If you’re self-publishing, you certainly want to make sure that you’ve done the work to produce a professional manuscript.
At Blue & Ude Writers Services, we work with you to make sure you receive the level of editing or of critique that you need. We’ll advise you on what our opinion is when we first make contact, and if our opinion changes as we get deeper into your work, we’ll let you know.
For instance, many writers want us to do a critique and copyediting at the same time. This is a bad idea. The purpose of a critique is to provide ideas and suggestions for revision and editing. Any changes require copyediting again to catch errors. Therefore, copyediting/proofing should be the last step before you go to print.
When we do a critique, your work will be read by a published writer who will give you a detailed response to your work. This response will address structure (plot, organization), tone (style, consistency), and development (character, story, theme), according to your genre. You'll know what's good about your work, as well as what needs additional attention.
If you choose line-by-line editing, revision and editorial changes will be detailed fully on the pages of your manuscript and addressed generally in the evaluation letters. You will also receive any specific marketing suggestions we have.
Our responses to you will generally be several pages long. We appreciate the trust you show in us by submitting your work, and we consequently make every attempt to fully justify that trust. We do not have "form" responses, nor do we simply provide one-page summaries.
DO I NEED TWO CRITIQUES?
Probably not. Although any critique is subjective, a professional evaluation avoids personal bias and examines the material as objectively as possible. Because both Marian and Wayne have taught writing (as well providing consultations and professional critiques), they have both learned how to always put professionalism over personal interest/bias.
Over the years, Marian and Wayne have provided hundreds of critiques of the same manuscripts (always without conferring beforehand). “What we've discovered is that we rarely differ in overall opinion, although often we will focus on different aspects of technique.” This means that an author will receive a more rounded evaluation with two critiques, but generally the advice differs little. Many authors felt they benefited from more extensive evaluations; others, especially those more experienced at critiques, believe that they don't need both evaluations.
If you decide you do want two critiques, we provide that option with a 30% discount on the second critique. (See Fees for more information)
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