The Writing Coach offers a personally tailored approach to manuscript assessment. Jacqui Lofthouse works with her team of editors and literary consultants to help you develop a manuscript that is ready to submit to agents and publishers. Established in 2003, we have a solid track record of helping clients get published.
We’re here to help you understand the strengths of your manuscript and to give you tailored advice on what to do next…
What is Manuscript Assessment?
Manuscript Assessment is a service to writers who need honest and constructive feedback on their writing work, prior to submission to agents and publishers. As the publishing market becomes increasingly competitive, the role of our literary consultant is to help you ensure that your manuscript is as good as it can possibly be, before you consider sending it out. We work with fiction and non-fiction writers as well as poets, playwrights and screenwriters.
The literary consultant reads your work, annotates your manuscript with their full response and provides a written report, outlining the strengths of the work and areas for further development. This is then followed by a phone call or Zoom meeting to discuss their feedback.
A Selection of our Clients’ Books
What is different about your manuscript assessment service?
We offer a personal and exclusive manuscript assessment service. All of the consultants are known to Jacqui personally and we are a close-knit and dedicated team. Where you choose the written report, we offer a 45- minute follow-up telephone conversation to answer any outstanding questions, so you get to know your consultant – and they are available for further work with you, should you wish to progress to mentoring.
Jacqueline Smith and Jacqui Lofthouse are available to speak with you, should you have any questions about the process at any stage. Jacqui take a personal interest in your success. In addition, we have a private Facebook group for Writing Coach clients to enable you to discuss your publishing journey with like-minded peers. You also have the option of becoming a member of our community, where you have access to lessons on editing and publishing too.
A Selection of our Editors
What is the Reader’s Report?
The Reader’s Report is a detailed, written report, which gives full editorial comments on the work submitted. It includes a summary of the work’s strengths, as well as constructive suggestions for improvement and editing. The report for a full-length manuscript will be between 7-10 single-spaced pages. We also annotate the manuscript with comments, usually via track-changes. Please note that this is not a full editing service, although we can quote for full editing.
The Reader’s Report includes:
- A summary of our response to the work and our objective advice on next steps as well as advice on the market-place
- Notes on the synopsis (if submitted) and its effectiveness
- An outline of the work’s strengths and weaknesses
- Comments on layout and presentation
- For novelists – notes on characterisation, dialogue, plot, point of view, narrative voice, pace and other technical aspects of the writing
- For non-fiction writers – notes on content, style, voice, structure and market-positioning
- Specific and constructive editorial suggestions on how to improve the work. This will be the focus of the report.
- Particular emphasis on any points raised in your New Client Form
If you would like to see a sample copy of one of our Reader’s Reports, please contact Jacqueline Smith – email@example.com and she will forward an example.
Is there an alternative to the Reader’s Report?
Can Manuscript Assessment work with Coaching?
Yes. You may wish to consider the Full Mentor Programme as an alternative. However, if you wish for your full manuscript to be read before beginning on-going work with a mentor, you can simply begin mentoring after you have received your manuscript assessment.
Can you help me with the package I send to agents and publishers?
Yes. We can assess the first three chapters of your work under our Manuscript Assessment Service. If you wish us to also work on a pitch and submission letter etc, please ask for a tailored quote – email firstname.lastname@example.org
The report will then detail exactly what needs to be done to ensure that the work really catches an agent’s eye.
I want to go ahead and submit my manuscript to you. What do I need to do now?
You can book your manuscript assessment via the form below
Please fill in the website contact form in addition to purchasing your assessment. We will then be in touch to organise a date for reading and return of the report. A New Client form will be sent to you before the work begins so that you can provide full details about your work and background along with any particular questions you have for your consultant.
Do also fill in the contact form if you have any of the following queries:
- If you would like to see a sample of a Reader’s Report
- If you would like us to tailor a combined literary consultancy and coaching package
Please use the following layout for your manuscript: Times New Roman 12pt, double spaced, A4, with page numbers in the bottom footer, centred. Where possible, please indent your paragraphs rather than using double line spaces.
Our standard turnaround for literary consultancy is 4-5 weeks.
We can’t wait to be in touch with you and find out more about your writing work!
What is included:
- Email conversation with our team to help you choose the right reader
- Reading and annotation of your manuscript via track changes
- A detailed Reader’s Report on your work
- A 45-minute conversation with your Consultant
- Alternative option: Bullet point notes and a 90-minute consultation
FEES: All prices fully inclusive of VAT. If you are already a Member, please contact us to organise your discount.