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Novels

Writing for children

 

Submit your work

Please email us to submit manuscripts for critique or editing, telling us:
1) Whether your work is a novel, novella, novel extract or short story
2) The precise word count
3) If you’d like critiques; how many
4) Or if you’d like editing; what kind
5) What kind of work it is; e.g. crime, romance, sci-fi, adventure, contemporary, memoir
6) If it’s for children, what age group it’s aimed at

Payment

We’ll request payment usually within 24 hours of receiving your submission.
Our preferred payment option is by bank transfer, or you can pay via PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account (small admin fee applies over £150). If you’d rather post a UK cheque, that’s fine. Payment by instalment for larger amounts can be arranged.

Discount

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

Timescale

Critiques and edits of work under 15,000 words are usually returned within 3 weeks. Critiques and edits of longer work usually take 4-6 weeks. We’ll advise you.

Or by post

If you’d rather submit your work by post, please contact us.

‘Fiction Feedback gave me invaluable and insightful structural analysis of my MS, and then copy-edited it to within an inch of its life! Wonderful, painstaking service, which I shall certainly use again.’
Simon Michael, traditionally published author of Corrupted and the Charles Holbrooke series.

How to Submit

Please read the following information carefully on how to prepare your work for submission and then send it to us attached to an email, or send an enquiry first if you prefer.

Your Work
Save your work, preferably in a Word file (essential for editing) or read-only pdf file. Avoid using a smaller font size than 11 and please use double or line-and-a-half spacing.

Add the page number to the foot of every page in a header or footer. Please do not re-start pagination for new chapters.

Email
In your email, please tell us:
1) Whether your work is a novel, novella, novel extract or short story
2) The precise word count
3) If you’d like critiques, how many*
4) Or if you’d like editing, what kind**
5) What kind of work it is; e.g. romance, sci-fi, adventure, contemporary, memoir
6) If it’s for children, what age group it’s aimed at

*If rather than having two or three critiques from separate reviewers on one draft, you’d prefer to have two or three from the same editor on subsequent drafts, please tell us this in your email.

**If you’re submitting work for a copy-edit and you’d like a sample mini-edit to your work before committing yourself, let us know. We’re very happy to provide this.

See Costs for the price of critiques for the length of manuscript you’re submitting. We offer up to three independent reviews and they’re charged on a sliding scale, so ordering two reviews doesn’t cost twice as much as one. But they do give you more than twice the value!

You’re very welcome to submit a separate synopsis of up to 1,000 words for critiques or edits of full novels. Publishers and agents always request one.

For critiques of novels over 150,000 words, please contact us for a quote.
Please see Editing for our average rates for structural and copy-editing. Each manuscript is quoted for individually.

Our Process
1. We need to receive payment before we can begin your work (other than free sample mini-edits).
2. Where the work submitted for critique is 15,000 words or less, we aim to return your critique(s) within 3 weeks of receiving your digital submission and payment. We tell you how much time to allow if you submit longer work; it’s usually 4-6 weeks.
3. For editing, we will need a sample of your work – at least two chapters – to provide a quote. Our quotes are per 1,000 words whether we’re talking of developmental or copy-editing. We will contact you to offer a sample edit if appropriate and to quote a rate and schedule. Once you decide to go ahead, we will ask for your manuscript in Word. Payment can be instalments. We mark up edited documents using the Word review system.
4. We return your critiques or edits as Word attachments by email.