Consultancy Services

Agent Submission Assessment

If you have finished your novel, edited and polished it, and are ready to submit to a publisher or an agent, your covering letter, synopsis and opening chapters must be up to industry standards.

Our manuscript submission assessment service will tell you exactly how to present yourself in your covering letter, how to improve your synopsis and whether your opening chapters are ready to go. If the chapters need more work we will give you a verbal outline of what needs to be done.

Inkwell are experts in author promotion and marketing, and when assessing your manuscript, will also give you tips on how to present yourself to a publisher and how to develop your author profile. Inkwell are scouts for several leading literary agencies and have placed many authors with both agents and publishers – click here to find out more.

The manuscript assessment service is ideal for authors who have completed their novel and who are about to submit. If you have done as much as you feel you can, but are unsure whether your book is ready to be sent to publishers, check out our Reader’s Report service that will give you solid feedback on the full manuscript.

Contact us to review your work if you are unsure of the service you require, we’re here to help!


Inkwell Manuscript Assessment: €250 (plus VAT at 23%) for an assessment of the opening 3 chapters (up to 10,000 words) of your manuscript, covering letter and synopsis (maximum two pages).  If your chapters are significantly longer, contact us to discuss.

We will assess its viability as a commercial proposition within the current publishing climate, give you solid feedback on any elements that need to be developed/improved in order to catch an editor’s eye, and give you tips to improve your covering letter and synopsis. We can also suggest publishers/agents to approach and the best way to do that.

Manuscript assessments are completed personally by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin. Contact her

When you are preparing to submit to publishers we recommend  you join as an Emerging Writer Member (only €35 per year) – this gives you a webpage to link to in your submissions, it demonstrates how serious you are about writing and it gives you exposure to the editors and agents who regularly visit the site.

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