If you are an author, self-publishing or being traditionally published, you probably know that a critique is far more than someone looking at your manuscript and telling you that a character’s eye colour has changed halfway through the book, or that you have a saggy middle (the book, not you, although it is an occupational hazard among those of us attached to a keyboard every day).
A book critique can:
A professional book critique, or manuscript assessment, is an impartial analysis and assessment of your book that you just can’t get from family and friends.
Generally a non-fiction critique will still address flow of the text but it will address the following:
Of course, this isn’t everything that a critique involves, but you get the idea. Non-fiction books need love and attention too. Just because you have a brilliant premise, it doesn’t mean that you can write the next best-selling non-fiction tome. There’s just as much competition for capturing a non-fiction audience as there is a fiction one.
Well, no and no. When you give friends, family and acquaintances your book to read it can be scary, but most people will tell you what you want to hear. For one thing, they’re not trained to objectively dissect a manuscript, or know what to look out for. Friends don’t want to hurt your feelings, and while editors don’t want to do that either, we will tell you what is best for your book.
So when you have that book written and you’re not sure whether to hire a developmental editor, a copyeditor, or you think it’s perfect and you want to rush into hiring a proofreader, take a step back and ask yourself whether you are really ready.
By arranging a critique you can look at the whole picture and address the issues raised before hiring an editor to carry out a more in-depth edit. And it might just save you money.
If you would like to hire me to critique your book, contact me and we can chat.