Manuscript assessment

Also known as manuscript evaluation, critique, or consulting, assessment is a good idea for several reasons:

What does the assessment include?

The assessment includes a close reading and analysis of your project. You then receive a full written report (2000–5000 words) covering the following:


Some clients stop with the assessment and do their own revision work; others return for full editing and/or book proposal preparation. Recommendations are made on an individual, no-obligation basis.

Assessments are best done using a Microsoft Word document sent via email attachment—this allows me to insert changes and comments into the MS using the editing tool Track Changes. Then, if you like the changes, you simply click to accept them. Please note that I no longer work with hard-copy MSS.

Turnaround time

Turnaround time, once the assessment begins, is usually 4–6 weeks.

Payment terms

Following the policy of professional editing and writing associations, I require full payment in advance for a first-time assessment. Ask me why...

Please pay by Interac email transfer, personal check, bank draft, or money order in US or Canadian currency, PAYABLE TO PATRICIA ANDERSON. I also accept Euro checks. Please let me know if you wish to have your fee quoted in Euros.

Find out your assessment cost

To find out what an assessment would cost you, email the TOTAL WORD COUNT of your manuscript.

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