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 Manuscript Critiques Service


A manuscript critique can save you time and money by directing you in making major changes to your manuscript long before beginning the process of detailed editing. The problem is, if you just ask friends and family, business associates, etc. for a critique, you will have a difficult time getting objective feedback; and unless you happen to know an experienced editor, copywriter, and published author like Dr. Pryor, chances are you will not get the knowledgeable, insightful, thorough and objective feedback needed early on from the outset of your project. Dr. Pryor has the expertise with which to provide you with an extremely detailed, chapter-by-chapter, typed report, typically 10-15 pages in length or more, critiquing the strengths and weaknesses, potential marketability, and overall writing and structure of your book manuscript, as well as a similar, customized critique of your graduate thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation, and the prospect of transforming it into a scholarly published book "down the road," if that should be the case.

A critique will address your work from the reader's point of view: which sections do not flow smoothly, sections that may come across as uninteresting for specific reasons, which scenes need more description, where your narrative flow or dialogue is difficult to follow, etc. The professional Manuscript Critiques service entails an in-depth, personalized, thorough report that discusses every aspect and chapter of your manuscript, from cover to closing sentence, including, for example, both strengths and weaknesses in:


  • Thesis development
  • Chapter organization
  • Narrative flow
  • Style consistency
  • Description, (and in the case of scholarly works) analysis, and whether the body of evidence presented supports the conclusion
  • Structure, etc.

While the author of the newly released, groundbreaking book chronicling The Role of an Environmental NGO in the Landmark Florida Everglades Restoration (read a sample chapter on Dr. Pryor's Web site!) currently specializes in providing detailed critiques tailored to all nonfiction manuscripts, if your work is fiction, please Contact Dr. Pryor or complete the author's Information Request form describing relevant aspects of your project, and you will receive a prompt response based upon your request. Such manuscript critiques will discuss, for example, both strengths and weaknesses in:


  • Structuring, plot development, plausibility, consistency
  • Settings
  • Character development
  • Authentic dialogue
  • Style consistency
  • Narrative flow, pacing, and syntax, etc.

"Some" Examples of Errors, Issues, or Problems Looked For According to Professional Editing Service Requested For Your Particular Project:

Proofreading/Light Editing And Other Projects
Subject/verb agreement
Proper use of periods, semicolons, commas, etc Comma splices and sentence fragments
Commonly misspelled words (embarrass; receive) Usage mistakes (here for hear; principal for principle) Consistency throughout (boo-boos or booboos) Typos
Basic Formatting
Same-level headings capitalized consistently Standardized format used for dates, numbers, etc. Conformance to style guidelines*(see examples of style guides supported below)
Copyediting/Heavy Editing And Substantive Editing/Rewriting Projects (Errors, issues, or problems described above plus the following examples of style and grammar problems.)
Ambiguous References
Original: Tracy cut the article out of the magazine and tossed it in the recycle bin.
Revision: Tracy tossed the magazine in the recycle bin after cutting out the article.
Awkward Transitions
Original: Dr. Jellinger's legs hurt from walking all day. He sat on the bench.
Revision: Dr. Jellinger's legs hurt from walking all day, so he sat on the bench.
Passive Voice
Original: He was gratified by their praise.
Revision: Their praise gratified him.
Original: Many of those ideas Jennifer barely understood and they sounded absurd since it felt to her that no one in their right mind would ever have thought such a thing without being told to. [34 words]
Revision: Jennifer barely understood many of those ideas and felt no right-minded person would think such absurd things without prompting. [19 words]
Substantive Editing/Rewriting Projects (Errors, issues, or problems described above plus the following examples of content problems.)
Is the meaning clear at first reading?
Flow of Ideas
Do thoughts flow logically? Would paragraph 7 make more sense if it were above paragraph 4?
*Style Guides Supported by Dr. Barbara K. Pryor
American Psychological Association (APA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
"Bluebook:" Uniform System of Citation (Legal Citation)
Chicago Manual of Style
Style Guide Preferred For Your Particular Project (if any, please request**see more details in How to Order & Rates section)


Other Professional Editing Services
Proofreading/Light Editing
Copyediting/Heavy Editing
Substantive Editing/Rewriting
Manuscript Critiques
Legal Proofreading/Light Editing
Legal Copyediting/Heavy
Editing Legal Substantive Editing/Rewriting



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