Manuscript Assessment

Manuscript Assessment

So you’ve written a short story, part of a novel – or the whole thing! Before you start sending it to publishers, get it assessed by an expert.

Manuscript Assessment

Manuscript Assessment

Get advice from an expert

Completing a first draft is an incredible achievement. But how do you know when it's ready to send out into the world? That’s where a manuscript assessment comes in. It’s an invaluable way to get feedback on your work to see where your strengths are and where you can improve.

Our manuscript assessment will cover all the essential elements of your writing such as style, structure, character development and plot development.

We will also provide comment on the bigger picture items such as:

  • Have you written a good story?
  • Will publishers like it?
  • Will people want to read it?

“Cathie's feedback was both informative and inspirational. I now have answers to some things that were troubling me for a while. She is fantastic.”

– Nadia M.

Who will assess your manuscript?

Cathie Tasker is a fiction editor with over 25 years experience. Her specialisations are in science fiction, children’s and young adult fiction and genre adult fiction. She is also a judge for the Aurealis Awards, fantasy novel section. Cathie trained as a librarian, in literature, and in marketing. Her academic qualifications are: libraries and literature (BA in Library Science & Literature), children’s literature (half of a Graduate Diploma in Children’s Literature), and marketing (Graduate Diploma of Marketing). She worked in public libraries for seven years, and has spent over 25 years in book publishing, both in editorial and marketing, in children’s publishing, and in adult fiction and manuscript assessments. Her publishing background has been at Scholastic Australia, HarperCollins and now at Koala Books. Read more

For detailed information of what’s included in a manuscript assessment and pricing, please fill out the form below.

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