Editorial Assessment

A FIRST REVIEW OF YOUR STORY

You have been writing for thousands of hours, editing for a couple of thousands more. Now what?

It is time for an Editorial Assessment!

What Is An Editorial Assessment?

The Editorial Assessment is the first overview of your manuscript by a professional editor. Its goal is to analyze fundamental aspects of your manuscript to uncover the main issues it faces and to offer insightful, in-depth solutions to each of them. Each manuscript has its own set of challenges: structure, plot, character development, language, viewpoint… And let’s not forget the world building, a crucial aspect in science fiction and fantasy!

The Editorial Assessment is an opportunity to take a step back from the story, and to see how it is received by the readers. It will answer those questions you are asking yourself: Is it ready? Are the messages clear? Are there any plot holes? Are the readers empathizing with the characters?

What Does It Look Like?

The Editorial Assessment is a separate document from the manuscript. It is separated in different sections. In each section, I discuss different points and I also pull quotes from your manuscript to illustrate my thoughts. Sometimes, I also offer a suggested rewrite to better show my point.

I will not only pinpoint what works and what does not: I will also give you suggestions on how to fix any problem, how to make the story shine and how to develop aspects that would benefit it.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Click on the images below to see the first few pages of an Editorial Assessment!

Pricing Plan

$15/1,000 words
  • Weekly updates
  • Detailed feedback
  • 10 to 15-page Assessment

Most asked questions

It really depends. Once you send me sample of your manuscript, I will be able to give a proper estimate. On average, I ask for four weeks for 80,000 words. It might seem like a lot but I like to work at a balanced pace: I want to be at the best of my focus every day I work on your story to make sure I serve it right. After a few hours, the mind always starts to wander and I have learned with the years to recognize that moment in the day when I am not as efficient anymore.

Yes! Once I start working, I like to send weekly updates to let you know what is going on and to share a few thoughts about the story.

Unfortunately, no. I must be working with the final version of the manuscript.

Between $0,014 and $0,0106 per word. I will be able to give you an exact price once I have seen a sample of the manuscript and once I have the exact word count.

Because if you rush too quickly to a Developmental Edit, you won’t have built strong foundations for your manuscript. Your editor will be spending a lot of time trying to fix issues that haven’t been addressed yet. Plus, if on her recommendations you end up removing a character, or a few scenes, then there will be whole pages that she will have annotated that will just disappear — that’s a lot of time and money that will be going to waste.

The goal of the Editorial Assessment is too find anything that might have consequential ramifications on the whole story and that should be fixed or improved before going into more details.

Oh yes! From the first page to the last one!

Generally, around 10 to 15 pages.

Thank You For Your Reviews!

  • Celia was everything I needed at my stage of development. She pointed out elements I knew I was not fully developing and suggested others I wasn’t aware of. Her suggestions to push my story to the next level are exactly what it needs. I’m excited to get back to writing and see where it takes me.

    Eric

  • Celia did a phenomenal job in crafting the Editorial Assessment for my short story. I was very impressed by the level of detail and the extremely insightful suggestions. Celia mentioned she planned to read the story multiple times and would only read a few pages per day in order to provide a more focused assessment on each section of the story. This detailed analysis definitely showed itself in the provided assessment. I would certainly work with Celia again.

    Matthew

  • Celia is an amazing editor. She is professional and gets the job done. I am glad I got the opportunity to work with her.

    Beverly

  • She was so helpful, perfectly professional, and I have already recommended her services (and that of Reedsy) to other authors I know.

    Janet

  • Celia has done a great job and exceeded my expectations with her review. I look forward to working with her again.

    David

  • Celia’s feedback was everything I needed to take my story to the next level and make it better. Her feedback was very thorough and in depth, addressing many aspects of my manuscript. She has also kept me updated throughout the process. I highly recommend her services!

    Vanna

  • Celia gave me the exact kind of insight I was looking for. Her review is really helping me bring out the potential of my work.

    Cody

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