Our critiques, though sensitive, are not for the faint of heart. When you hire Chrysalis Editorial to evaluate your fiction or non-fiction manuscript you will receive an honest, in-depth and constructive response. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript will help jump-start your revision process.
For all manuscript (ms) critiques, both fiction and non-fiction, you will receive:
- A 5-20 page evaluation of what’s working and what isn’t (depending on length of ms)
- Notations and edits on the ms pages themselves to help focus your revision
- A follow-up telephone conversation to address questions and concerns you may have
For a novel or short story, the comments include:
- An overarching summary of the story’s strengths and weaknesses
- What works well and what might be improved, referencing the various elements of fiction: structure, character, voice, plot, tension, setting, point-of-view, dialogue, etc.
- Suggestions and examples of how you might revise problem areas
For short and full-length memoir, the comments include:
- Many of the same comments you would receive for a work of fiction
- Because memoir is more closely aligned with writing a novel than writing non-fiction, we address the elements of fiction (see above) that are working and those that need to be enhanced.
Note: memoir is not the same as an autobiography. A memoir is a slice of one’s life, not a cradle-to-present-moment story. It is thematic, not a comprehensive account of your life.
For non-fiction, the comments discuss:
- The work’s structure
- Cohesiveness of the material
- Faithfulness to the stated focus/purpose of the book
- Accuracy of the subject matter
- Suggestions and examples to help you revise your manuscript
Working with Herta was like getting a whirlwind course in creative writing. In editing my work, she helped me…clarify story, plot, and character. The end result was a tighter, more concise, and infinitely more readable manuscript. – Cynthia Tocci (YA novel, Stone Voice Rising, Harcourt)
Herta and Emily proved to do everything they promised they would do, and more: honing, revising, and refining my manuscript. Their not so subtle critiques were invaluable in my tedious rewrite stage and in transforming my work into better and publishable shape. – Dr. Asome Bide, MD (author, As Waters Gone By)