Critiques, reviews, checklists, editing and
proofing – what’s it all about? Find the answers
here, or contact us.
I notice sometimes you use the word review,
sometimes appraisal and sometimes critique. Are they the
Yes. People look for different terms, that’s
all, but here at Fiction Feedback it means the same thing;
written critique(s) of your writing we provide.
Is your service confidential?
reviewers and admin staff undertake to keep your work
private. Neither your work nor any of your details are
shared with any third party. After we have sent you your
review(s), your manuscript file is deleted. Copyright
at all times remains with you, the writer.
Do you write comments on the manuscript? or make
No. Within the
review service, we make no annotation or alteration to your
manuscript whatsoever. That’s why, if you prefer to send
it as a PDF file (read-only) rather than a Word document, it’s
fine by us.
If I make any changes you might suggest, will
this improve my chances of acceptance with an agent or
It always helps to have other, informed opinion on your
writing and often an objective eye can pick up flaws you’re
unable to spot for yourself. Professionals who are used
editing and reviewing fiction can identify areas where
you can improve and suggest how.
Do you critique and edit any kind
crime, fantasy, humour, horror, romance, erotica and chick-lit
are all fine. So are novels written for young adults. We
also critique and edit memoirs and biographies and other
We do not critique: – Harlequin Mills
& Boon or other fiction written to strict guidelines.
Do you review short stories?
Yes. Go to
the Stories page for more details.
Do you review scripts for stage, radio,
TV and film?
we have heard good things about the services of Script
please visit www.scriptangel.co.uk
What about children’s writing?
picture books. See the dedicated
How do I submit my writing for review?
In a nutshell, you complete and submit our Submission Form,
accessed from the left hand panel or How to Submit. That
promots you to send a separate email with the work attached.
We email you (usually within 24 hours) to request payment,
either electronically by direct bank transfer or via
PayPal where you can use a credit or debit card. Or you
can pay by cheque through the post. Full details are
If I get a good critique, will I
definitely be published?
No, sorry. No
one can guarantee that. But knowing that objective editors
have shown you how to improve your work will give you confidence
when you approach publishers and agents with your new draft.
Can you recommend my work to a literary agent
have established certain links which might work to the
benefit of customers with outstanding submissions in particular
areas, and some of our editors are themselves agents and
publishers. No promises, though. But do remember, in your
own approach to agents or publishers you might want to
say that you’ve had your writing independently assessed,
as it shows you’re taking a professional approach
to your writing.
Can I stipulate which reviewer reads my work?
In a word, no, as reviews are
written anonymously. However, we do our best to match up the kind of novel
you’ve written with reviewers who particularly read that genre. There’s
a space on the Submission Form for you to indicate which genre your novel falls
into, if any.
May I send my writing to you in the post?
We charge a little extra if you wish to send your typed manuscript by post,
and the reviewing service will necessarily take longer. If you opt for this
please, keep a copy! We cannot guarantee your manuscript’s safe return
although of course we do our best. Follow this link for
What if the novel extract I want to
send falls between your word count price stages? For instance,
my extract is 30,000 words.
You always need to use the higher word count price. So for
30,000 words the price you need is that for work under 40,000
words. We have chosen these stages for good reasons; 15,000
words is usually the maximum that agents ask for; 40,000
words might be a complete children’s novel or a novella;
80,000 is the usual minimum for an adult novel and 120,000
words the usual maximum.
What if my novel extract is under 5,000 words?
Then it falls within the pricing structure for a Short
Story of over 2,000 words.
Do you offer an editing
Yes, we offer
a highly regarded structural and copy-editing service.
For full details, see
We offer editing as a stand-alone service;
you do not need to use our critique service first. However,
if having done so you return to us within six months you
benefit from a discount on proofing and editing.
Can I speak to my reviewer(s) or
No, sorry, this
is not a part of our service. It’s important our
reviewers judge your writing exclusively on its own merit,
just as a publisher or agent would.
My manuscript is handwritten. Can I still send
it for review?
I’m afraid not. Agents
and publishers strongly discourage handwritten scripts and
we must do the same. We always recommend you get your manuscript
typed before sending it to an agent or publisher as many no
longer accept handwritten manuscripts.
I am not writing in the UK. Can I still submit
my work for review?
the work is in English, that’s fine. If you
need work translating, we recommend you approach
the Society of Authors for referrals. Your payment
will automatically be made in £sterling.
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