Consultancy Services

Reader’s Reports


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 avoid or reduce the costs of a structural edit, a reader’s report will give you unbiased independent feedback on the book as a whole. One of our most popular and worthwhile services, an experienced author will read your book and give you a 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 technique that needed to be developed.

Wriitng to Get Published by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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Contact us to discuss getting a Readers Report and we will ensure that an expert in your genre is assigned to your project.

Inkwell are delighted that bestselling thriller author Mary Stanley , award winning and bestselling YA author Celine Kiernan and award winning bestseller, picture book author Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, have joined us to offer new writers an experienced eye.

Claire Coughlan has also joined us – she has an MA and MFA in Creative Writing from UCD and currently teaches Creative Writing at third level in UCD. She has worked as a writer and journalist for over ten years and is ideally placed to assist writers with early or incomplete drafts as well as more polished work.

Reader’s Reports cost from €395 for 90,000 words (plus VAT @ 23%) and include a written report detailing any areas of concern (or praise!) relating to plot development, character development and  writing technique. Please contact us with the word count of your book for a quotation.

YA reports will also include advice on the market, the appropriate age for your protagonist and your target reader.

Picture book reports are €145 for 1 x 1000 word manuscript (feedback in a written report) or €195 for 2 x 1000 word manuscripts (feedback in a written report) plus VAT @ 23%

Contact us using the Contact form, with details of your book, genre and it’s length.

Here’s what one writer thought of the service:

“I commissioned an Inkwell Reader’s Report for a fresh perspective, so I could take the early draft of my novel, Last of the Lucky Country (Southcoast One), to the next level. Vanessa’s service is second to none and Mary’s skilled assessment was invaluable. She was prompt but thorough and her comments were clear and incisive, giving me a fresh and comprehensive overview of what was (and wasn’t!) working. Her report covered micro manuscript concerns, such as word choice, right through to the macro, including plot, structure, voice and characterisation. Gaining that independent professional opinion on the whole novel proved a very positive experience and having Inkwell on my extended team has really paid off. It gave me the framework to efficiently complete my rewrite – now Lucky Country is shortlisted for the Northern Crime Awards.” Alex Reece Abbott

If you live outside Ireland make sure you mention it when contacting us as you may not be liable for the VAT.

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