What is a manuscript appraisal? Do you need one? Would you benefit from it? Prior to submitting your manuscript, it is important you take these questions into consideration.
An appraisal is an assessment of your work but is very different to an edit or proofread. An appraiser is paid to give you an objective critique of your manuscript, but what an author does with that feedback defines whether they will benefit. Parting with hard work and handing it over to a stranger to assess is a nerve-wracking thing to do. But if you are a new writer, and willing to take criticism along with praise, then an appraisal is highly recommended. If you are a seasoned author, used to working with editors and publishers, a manuscript appraisal may not be right for you. However, we welcome inquiries from new and seasoned writers.
What do you get? An in-depth report that covers main plot, sub-plot, character development, author voice, word count, writing style, dialogue, and marketability. It will also point out any recurrent errors, such as an overuse of adverbs or word repetition.
Please be aware, once again, that an appraisal is not an edit. It is also important to send a polished manuscript that you have checked for errors. Although we by no means expect the submission to be perfect, we do expect the author to prepare the manuscript to the best of their ability. This means no first drafts, please. No manuscript is ever ready to be critiqued if it is a first draft.
Here at Scarlet Tie Elite, we provide professional services as highly competitive rates. We know how expensive the writing world can be, especially for new authors. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
APPRAISAL FEE STRUCTURE (USD)
Up to 30,000 words: $150
30,000 to 50,000 words: $200
50,000 to 80,000 words: $250
80,000 to 100,000 words: $300
Over 100,000 words, please contact us for a quote.