One of the major problems writers face when they reach the end of their manuscript, is getting reliable and expert feedback on the book as a whole. An editor can edit the book structurally (click the link to read this article to see what’s involved) and will work right through your manuscript marking it with their comments on what areas need improving/developing/deleting. However this is can be a costly process as it is time consuming and requires a high level of skill and experience.
In order to reduce the costs of a structural edit, a reader’s report will give you unbiased independent feedback on the book as a whole. An experienced author will read your book and give you a two to three page summary of the areas that need attention, the bits that work and the bits that don’t. When I first started writing I was lucky enough to work closely with Treasa Coady in Town House Country House on one of my early books – the reader’s reports I received were invaluable, pinpointing areas that needed attention and giving much needed feedback on plot development, character and tips to make the book work. They vastly improved that book, but also my writing as a whole as they pinpointed mistakes and areas that needed work.
Inkwell are delighted that Mary Stanley has joined us to offer new writers her experienced eye in the form of a Reader’s Report. Mary will read your manuscript, and as a result of her wide experience is well placed to cover all areas of fiction, giving you a report containing solid ways to improve the book.
Reader’s Reports cost from €250 – use our form to contact Mary to discuss your book, telling her its length (she will quote individually for books over 100,000 words), and genre.
If you require a reader’s report on a non-fiction book, Patricia O’Reilly will be delighted to assist. Contact her using our form, with details of your book and it’s length.