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What are you writing?

Novels
Short Stories
Writing for children

 

Submit your work

Please use our submission form to submit manuscripts for critique or editing. Access the form here or from How to Submit.

Once you’ve completed the form, click on submit. You’re then asked to attach your work to another email. Easy!

Payment

We then request payment, usually within 24 hours.
You can choose to pay us directly by bank transfer, or via PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account. If you’d rather post a cheque, that’s fine. The submission form gives you this option.

Discount

5% discount on critiques
and 5% discount on editing
for all customers returning
within 6 months

Timescale

We aim to return critiques and edits of work under 15,000 words within 3 weeks.

Or by post

If you’d rather submit your work by post, please see postal submissions.

For more information

See our enhanced Resources page for details of companies we recommend and those who also offer discounts to Fiction Feedback customers.

You might also want to look at our Editing page for details of our structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading services.

Whether you’re thinking of traditional publishing or self-publishing, you might find the information on our Ready to Publish? page very helpful.

“The quality and depth of the reviews far exceeded my expectations and it was clear that the reviewers had taken the trouble to get to grips with my writing and do a thorough job. I think the service you have provided is excellent value for money.”
ST, crime writer

“Fiction Feedback did a great job in helping me get the book right before it was published.”
JM, novelist

“Your critiques were just what I needed. So many things I hadn’t seen for myself. It really made me think about my novel and I’m now making substantial revisions. I’ll have much more confidence in my work when I submit to an agent.”
– DP, novelist

Novels

How is your novel going? Would you like some analysis or feedback early on? Or would you prefer critique once the novel’s finished?

Either way, we can help. We look at your novel and analyse plot development and characterisation as well as use of language and style. We spot flaws such as switching points of view, stilted dialogue or inconsistent tenses and we highlight strengths too.

The narrative drive of your novel, that is how you carry along your reader, is hugely important and, frankly, it often takes an outsider to advise a writer if it’s working. As authors, we get very involved with our novels and it does become hard to view work objectively. That’s where an affordable critique service like Fiction Feedback's is really valuable.

genres
At Fiction Feedback, we critique almost any kind of fiction: contemporary, thriller, chick-lit, horror, crime, fantasy, sci-fi, erotica and humour. The only genres we don’t review are novels which are written to strict guidelines, such as romances written for the Harlequin and Mills & Boon imprints.

multiple reviews
Having more than one critique of your work is extremely useful, both on account of where they overlap and where they make different points. Our sliding scale of charges means the cost of two critiques is far less than double the cost of one critique. This is to encourage writers to take advantage of multiple reviews.

We offer up to four independent critiques of your novel. Each critique comes with a checklist, and for full novels this checklist is slightly longer than the one we use for novel excerpts and short stories.

length of critiques
Fiction Feedback critiques vary in length depending on the reviewer. For novel excerpts they will always be at least one A4 page long and sometimes much more.

For full novels over 80,000 words the critique will be at least 1850 words.

prices
We currently cost for four levels of word count; up to 15,000 words, up to 40,000 words, up to 80,000 words and up to 120,000 words.

Most novels for adults are between 80,000-120,000 words. Novels for older children are up to 40,000 words and for young adults, between 60,000 and 80,000 words, so almost any complete manuscript should fall within those parameters.

Up to 15,000 words is what agents and publishers often ask to see in submissions, so it's a good choice for an extract of your novel.

For up to 15,000 words of a novel:
1 critique: £99; 2 critiques: £149; 3 critiques: £199; 4 critiques: £259

For children's novels or novel extracts of up to 40,000 words:
1 critique £129; 2 critiques £199; 3 critiques £289; 4 critiques £389

For young adult or novel extracts of up to 80,000 words:
1 critique £159; 2 critiques £259; 3 critiques £379; 4 critiques £489

For a full novel manuscript of up to 120,000 words:
1 critique: £199; 2 critiques: £349; 3 critiques: £499; 4 critiques: £649

For longer novels, please email us for a quote.

submitting your work
Please ensure your word count is under 15,000, 40,000, 80,000 or 120,000.

Your title page should include your name and email address (or postal address if submitting by post), and your word count as well as the title.

Each page should be numbered, and you might also want to add your name and the novel’s title. Please use the header/footer tool to do this.

All chapters should be contained in the one file, and the file name should tally with the name of your novel that you use on your submission form. Please don’t re-start pagination for new chapters; your title page or ideally the first page of manuscript should be p1 and from then on page numbers should be consecutive.

Please avoid using a smaller font size than 11. Double or line-and-a-half spacing is fine.

Showing new paragraphs: most agents and publishers prefer no extra line spacing, just a tabbed indent, so this could be a good habit to adopt.

You’re very welcome to submit a separate synopsis of up to 1,000 words. If the chapters you’re submitting are not the first ones of the novel (not recommended), a synopsis becomes essential and you need to indicate where your chapters fit in.

For novels over 120,000 words, please contact us for a quote.

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Publication for Fiction Feedback customers

Congratulations to Austin Hernon who has published his historical odyssey The Wayward Prince as an ebook through Matador. We have helped Austin with The Wayward Prince over a long time and it’s tremendously exciting to see the work finally come to fruition. The prince of the story is Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy, the eldest son of William the Conqueror. He never became king of England – but he did lead a fascinating life; on the battlefield, in political shenanigans throughout continental Europe, England and Scotland, and with a number of feisty ladies between the sheets. Meticulously researched, it reveals a man history has tried to gloss over ever since William Rufus took the English crown.
Learn more & buy The Wayward Prince here:

Austin graciously recommended Dea at Fiction Feedback on Linked In:
"Amongst the things a new writer needs from an editor is not criticism but a gentle shove in the right direction. Dea is expert at this and I had been gently shoved for so long, that in looking back, I did not recognise where I had started from. However I am now in a better place and my first novel went live on Amazon last week. Thank you, Dea, for your patience, persistence and perspicacity in helping me with my personal marathon."
Service Category: Writer/Editor
Year first hired: 2012
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity

Congratulations to a gifted author who has worked very hard to craft his amazing and thought-provoking novel, iNation. The book is now available for Kindle.
iNation by James McAllister
An exciting and intriguing, accessible novel about how modern day technology in the hands of innovative people might revolutionise the world as we know it. And we mean revolutionise! iNation

Congratulations also go to David James, whose novel Confessions of Becky Sharp provides a scintillating, saucy prequel and sequel to William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair. Intrigue, schemes and scandal – it’s a dashing romp, and satisfyingly faithful to the character of Becky Sharp, everyone’s favourite adventuress.

Published by Vanguard Press.
Confessions of Becky Sharp

Congratulations to Molly Hopkins, whose hilarious and very engaging debut novel, It Happened in Paris, is now on sale. Published by Sphere,an imprint of Little, Brown, it tells the story of Evie, a madcap heroine who finds herself in charge of a coach tour to Paris. Given that Evie has great difficulty taking charge of anything, from credit cards to her sister’s children, we’re in for a rollercoaster ride…
It Happened in Paris