Children's Manuscript Assessment

A manuscript assessment for a children's book will usually take place during the firstchildren's manuscript assessment draft stage of your writing. Our children's editors will look at material in all age groups up to and including Young Adult. We provide you with an in-depth report along with an accompanying manuscript annotated with points and examples from the report.

The manuscript assessment report will cover the following areas:

  • Assessment of illustrations where relevant and suitability for that specific age group
  • Content suitability for the reading abilities of that level - including characterisation
  • Overall presentation of the book
  • Credibility of the content in relation to the genre and age group
  • Grammatical structure and suitability of language used
  • The presentation of meaning and concepts
  • Where relevant the editor will suggest further reading and illustration resources

Books for Young Adults will be assessed on the same concepts as adult manuscripts but will also take into account current trends in the market and age group suitability.

Children's Picture Book Appraisal

Our children's picture book reports look at the concept of the picture book including story idea, theme, the message it is conveying and the treatment of the message. The editor will also look at the characters - their effectiveness and the ease with which a child will be able to relate to the characters. The report will also cover the plot and the narrative arc of the story as the characters progress through a physical and emotional journey and the potential obstacles they face. We will also look at writing style including the level of 'show don't tell' needed for books aimed at this age range, dialogue, rhyming texts, verses and stanzas and the length of the text.

Please note our fees for a picture book appraisal report are fixed at £130 for a picture book of up to 1,500 words. Please contact us for more information or to book this service.

Children's Manuscript Process

To receive an instant, free quote by email, please complete our quote form below.

There is no obligation to continue the process, if you are still writing your manuscript then simply hang onto the email and when you are ready to have it assessed you can click the link in the email and submit your manuscript to us electronically.

Reports usually take 3-4 weeks, however we do offer a premium service which takes 4 working days for an additional 50% of the initial quote, please contact us for more details.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not submit your manuscript to literary agents or publishers. If you do submit an exceptional manuscript with a unique angle we may use our contacts at literary agents or publishers to put your work in front of the right people, however this is such a rare occurrence that has only happened a handful of times in our long history.