$5 per page
(12 pt. Times Roman, double-spaced, 1" margins)
- An editorial letter of 3-5 pages detailing strengths and weaknesses in plot, character development, structure, content, pacing, themes, depth, dialogue, etc.
- Notes embedded into your Word document using Track Changes detailing impressions, notes, suggestions, etc.
- Follow-up phone-call or Skype/Facetime to discuss the work, next steps.
How I Work:
For a critique of a full novel, I print your electronic document, read through once, take notes on initial impressions, and engage in a light line edit, if necessary. I read through a second time to make deeper notes and make suggestions in the margins—such as cuts, direction for filling gaps, pacing recommendations, character development and character balancing ideas. My third read is done electronically: I transfer my notes, suggestions, impressions, etc. into Track Changes in Word. Finally, I write a full critique clearly outlined in a manner that fits your project's specific needs, detailing strengths and weaknesses in plot and character development, structure, content, pacing, themes, depth, dialogue, etc.
Send me a note requesting a critique, along with a description of your novel (500 words or less), a brief bio (including your publishing credentials, if you have) and the first 10-15 pages in the body of an email to email@example.com.
If your project is a fit and we agree to work together, I'll issue an invoice for the first 2/3 of payment. The final payment is due upon critique receipt and before our phone/Skype/Facetime call.
Payment is preferred by Paypal, Venmo. Check or money order can be accommodated.
For a full fiction manuscript critique, turn-around time is typically 3-4 weeks after the initial payment is received.
Please note: these guidelines are for editorial critiques only. To submit your work for representation, please visit me at the Dijkstra Agency.