Focused feedback on the opening of your novel


A progress check to see if you are on the right track.

What is an Opening Chapters' Appraisal?

Have you got a little way into your book and are wondering if you are on the right track? Or even finished your book but just want a taster to see what kind of points an appraisal would bring up? If that is the case, an Opening Chapters' Appraisal is a good way to start the feedback process.

One of our editors will go through your first few chapters - up to 35,000 words - and give you a detailed report along with line by line feedback covering the same topics that would be covered in the full manuscript appraisal, but focusing on those opening chapters.

If you have specific questions for the editor we will also include those in the report. You will need to provide us with the first 35,000 words and a detailed outline of your work if you have it. The detailed outline is for the editor's reference and won't be annotated.

Please take a look at the manuscript appraisal page for more details on the reports.

What is Involved?

The appraisal includes a detailed report and annotated manuscript:

  • Story premise
  • Writing style
  • Narrative (big-picture narrative, POV & narrative style)
  • Characterisation & dialogue
  • Handling of exposition
  • Tension, pace and forward momentum

Price: £380. Contact Us if you would like to go ahead.

How Much Will it Cost?

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