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Critique Your Manuscript

Just the word critique makes many authors cringe. Why? Because it reminds us of another word that has a negative connotation: criticism .

Yet, as authors we understand the need to have another pair of eyes look closely at our manuscript and give us constructive advice and direction so we can make our book the absolute best it can be.

And the best person to give a critique is someone with years of experience in the publishing industry.


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Some copyeditors claim you should never get a critique because it is entirely subjective. They say you should just get your book edited by a copyeditor and fix all the grammatical mistakes.

Getting a thorough copyedit  is essential. But few writers think about getting their book critiqued first.

However, in my thirty years of experience writing novels,  becoming a multipublished author, and working professionally as a copyeditor and writing coach in the publishing industry, I have come to conclude that most authors—whether a new writer or seasoned published author—need a critique and preferably in the early draft of their manuscript.

Yes, Critiques are Subjective

Sure, critiques are subjective. But when your novel or nonfiction manuscript lands on a literary agent’s desk, or is placed in an acquisition editor’s hands, it will be read subjectively as well.

But here’s the thing authors need to understand: a professional in the publishing industry will temper a subjective read with years of experience; an understanding of current market needs and trends; an understanding of established or accepted writing styles, structure, and formatting; and a honed sense for an original and compelling writer’s voice.

There is no such thing as an objective critique, but that should not be an issue.

A Kind and Gentler Critique

As an author who has gone through the frustrations and disappointments along the road to publication, I bring to my critiques some things that perhaps a copyeditor or even another critiquer may not.

When I critique your manuscript, my goal is to not only help you make your book shine, make it all you envision for it, but also to encourage you, instruct you, and help you along this rocky road.

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A good critique should not come across as a nice pat on the back with a few muttered words like “Good job. Keep it up.” However, we as writers grow attached to our words, and an insensitive editor can cause a lot of pain.

It takes courage to hand your project over to someone—this book you’ve spent months or perhaps years writing, sweating over, all the while second-guessing yourself and the merits of your book—only to have someone heartlessly rip it to shreds. For that’s our greatest fear—that despite all our hard efforts, we may have produced something that should go in the round file.

It’s a great idea to get a critique on a partial manuscript to see if the story is building well and all the necessary novel elements are in place and working. You may not be sure how to bring the story to a climax and resolution, or tie in your themes and drive your point home at the end.

A critique can help you with suggestions and feedback on your ideas before you write that last section of your novel. I often work with writers at the scene outline stage, and I’ve found that’s the best way to iron out all the structural problems, so if you haven’t gotten far with your first draft, consider this as a next step.

My critiques do not include any line editing, although I often point out things writers might be doing repeatedly that are grammatically incorrect. I’ve found it makes little sense to correct grammar and punctuation at the stage in which a writer may need to delete entire scenes or completely rewrite passages.

It’s like putting pretty icing on a yucky-tasting cake. Wait until the cake is perfect, then ice it. Make sense?

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I find the greatest satisfaction in helping my clients with their manuscripts. I have seen some of the worst manuscripts—poorly constructed, wordy, almost unreadable—turned into beautiful, well-crafted books that their authors are proud of. I have gone on to see many of my clients get agents, land contracts, win prestigious awards, and get published because they were willing to work hard to take their rough work and perfect it to the best of their ability.

Of course, there is no guarantee that if you follow all the suggestions in your critique that you will get an agent or land a book contract. So many variables affect those outcomes.

But applying yourself to make the changes suggested in a good critique will stretch you and teach you how to be a better writer, and as you apply the things you learn, your chances of reaching your dreams will improve immensely.

So, do you have . . .

  • a manuscript you’ve completed but you’re not sure if it’s any good?
  • a manuscript that needs work but you don’t know how to proceed?
  • a book proposal you want to polish in order to attract an agent or publisher’s attention?
  • a few chapters written but you’re not sure if they’re the best they can be?

I can help you!

I offer a thorough overall critique of your book proposal or manuscript (complete or just a few chapters) that will provide practical suggestions for how you can improve your writing. For outline critiques, I charge by the hour, so just contact me to discuss!

  • Why Get a Critique?

Your critique will give you the help you need to get your manuscript or proposal in shape. Your book is competing with hundreds of thousands of others to grab the attention of an agent or publishing house, so you want to do everything you can to make sure your proposal, query letter, synopsis, and book stand out from the rest. Learn more

  • What Is Included?

Unlike many critique services, my critiques are thorough and in-depth analyses of all the major components needed in a manuscript. I do an annotated critique—which means I make notations and comments in the margins on every page using Word’s Track Changes. Learn more

How Do I Sign Up?

It’s easy! Just fill out my simple online order form, choosing the service you’d like to have. But first, be sure you have formatted it according to the formatting requirements . Learn more

What Happens Next?

Once your payment and material are submitted, I will put your critique on my calendar and email you to discuss. I am sometimes backlogged a few weeks and can give you a general estimated date for your critique. So if you’re still working on your manuscript and think you will need a week or two more to be ready, this is a good time to get in touch and get put on the schedule (with no obligation on your part). Please keep this in mind:

If you have never had a professional critique, and especially if this is your first novel, I highly recommend you submit the first fifty pages only. See how much work you need to do to get the story structure sound, introduce the settings and characters correctly, and set up the premise and protagonist’s core need.

Too often writers spend years of their life writing a novel when they don’t have a compelling concept or a well-structured story. It makes little sense to pay hundreds of dollars to ultimately be told you really don’t have a story.

If you’re in a rush to meet a submission deadline, I can probably work you in sooner; just let me know your needs. I want to give your manuscript the serious attention it deserves and do not rush through the critique process. I am here to help!

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Working with Susanne has been fabulous. She has a wonderful sense of what works and what doesn’t without moving away from the heart of the story. I am thrilled with the job she has done on my current work in progress, and I no longer have to stress about how my book is going to turn out. I have a great editor to take all the hassle out of the process! I am so excited to have found her. Thanks, Susanne–you are a blessing!
After a thorough search, and following numerous editing samples, I selected Susanne to edit my first novel. I could not have been more thrilled with her expertise, coaching, and attention to detail. She is the quintessential editor!
Susanne is a writer with a wonderful imagination and also a gifted copyeditor, able to point out a wide range of necessary improvements in manuscripts while remaining completely positive and encouraging. A great writing mentor!
Susanne went above and beyond, making important plot suggestions and pointing out holes in the story, along with providing an excellent job of line editing and proofreading. Nice job, quickly and effectively done.
Susanne is a wonderful editor with the soul of a teacher. She has a rare gift for combining honesty, kindness, and encouragement. Her critiques inspire me to dig deeply into my story and her suggestions empower me to improve my craft. I am so much more confident in my skills and excited about my writing, and I look forward to learning even more from her feedback on my sequel.
When looking at a manuscript, Susanne has an excellent grasp of concept and theme. She gives informative suggestions to enhance the development of characters, and when assisting with the flow of their thoughts and dialogue is able to speak through punctuation. She is dependable and has integrity. I highly recommend Susanne Lakin as an editor.
Susanne’s expertise and insight have proven the most valuable I have come across in my experience with mentors and consultants. Susanne’s advice whipped my writing into perfect shape and I wouldn’t hesitate a moment to recommend her. Not only is she brilliant at her work, but she is also kind, caring, and enthusiastic. She has motivated me to produce the best work possible, and this has made me realize that rewriting isn’t as daunting as it seems. Thank you, Susanne!
Susanne’s critique service is really top-notch. I love the fast but thorough work that she does every single time. My book she critiqued called I Won’t Cry hit three best-seller lists right away, and I could not have done it without her.
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Book Critique Services: Enhance Your Manuscript with Expert Feedback

Every author deserves an unbiased book critique for their hard work. While sharing your book with friends and family may earn you praise, only a professional critique can provide the honest and objective feedback needed to publish successfully. In an increasingly competitive market, the expert opinion of our seasoned writing professionals becomes indispensable. 

At Scribendi, our Book Critique services support you at every writing stage, offering expert advice on your initial draft. We deliver affordable, high-quality critiques that not only highlight your book's strengths and weaknesses but also contribute to your growth as a writer. After thoroughly reading your book, we conduct a systematic and detailed analysis , focusing on plot, characterization, dialogue, and other narrative elements for fiction, and support, organization, and prose clarity for nonfiction. 

Regardless of genre or length, including short stories and poems, we provide suggestions to enhance the salability of your work to your target audience. So, express your love and gratitude to Mom for her support, and then propel your writing journey forward by receiving actionable advice to improve your craft.

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Why choose Scribendi's Manuscript Critique Services?

We prioritize the security of your files , recognizing the effort you've invested in writing your book. Rest assured, our commitment to confidentiality and security is unwavering—we never claim copyright, and your personal information remains private. Supporting most major word-processing file types, our secure uploads and downloads are always encrypted for your peace of mind.

Our book critique services are backed by a team of professional editors , each boasting an average of 15 years of experience editing successful books across genres and formats. Your book is assigned to writers familiar with and passionate about your genre, ensuring constructive criticism that brings your story to life. Should you be pleased with a particular editor's work, you can request them for subsequent orders. In the event your requested editor is unavailable, rest assured that another qualified editor will complete your order promptly.

We value your feedback. If any concerns arise regarding your order, our quality assurance team guarantees adherence to rigorous quality standards through a meticulous process, ensuring consistently high-quality work with every critique.

Manuscript Critique Services: Happy Authors

Customer satisfaction is Scribendi's top priority. Authors from all around the world are happy with our services! Check out some of our author case studies :

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What will I receive with book critique services?

  • An easy-to-follow critique of your book that is 1–2 pages in length (in a Microsoft Word™ file)
  • An assessment of the elements that might affect the salability of your book
  • An analysis of the key elements of your work, such as plot, dialogue, characterization, structure, coherence, consistency, and organization
  • Critical commentary indicating where arguments need more support, where the storyline or flow could be improved, where there are unfinished or contradictory thoughts, and more
  • Identification of what's not working in your book and any areas that could be improved

What types of writing qualify for a book critique?

  • Novels, novellas, and short stories
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Poems and collections of poetry
  • General nonfiction (memoirs, biographies, self-help, etc.)

Please note that this service does not include line-by-line editing. For in-depth editing, see Scribendi's Book Editing , Ebook Editing , and Script Editing services that provide all of this and more.

For proofreading, check out our Book Proofreading and Ebook Proofreading services. For authors, we also offer a Query Letter service and Ebook Formatting .

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Book critique services faq, what does the book critique service include.

Our book critique services provide a comprehensive analysis of your manuscript. Our expert editors offer detailed feedback on story structure, character development, and overall narrative flow. With a focus on the big picture, our critique service ensures that your book will resonate with readers. From developmental editing to refining the finer details, we work closely with authors to enhance the strength of their fiction, whether it's a children's picture book or young adult fiction. Trust our critique service to provide valuable insights that will elevate your work and captivate your target audience.

Which is better: a manuscript critique service or editorial feedback?

Choosing between a manuscript critique service and editorial feedback depends on your needs. Our book critique services encompass both, offering a holistic approach. Our expert editors delve into the big picture, providing developmental editing to enhance story and character development. This service caters to various genres, from picture books for children to young adult fiction. Whether you're an established author or a debut writer, our critique service, including detailed editorial feedback, is tailored to refine your work. Authors highly recommend our services for a comprehensive and effective approach to improving your manuscript.

What are the critics ' qualifications?

Our book critics at Scribendi are seasoned professionals with extensive experience in providing top-notch book critique services. Each critic is a skilled editor and writer, well-versed in various genres, including fiction, picture books for children, and young adult fantasy. Their qualifications include expertise in the big picture elements of storytelling, such as character development and narrative flow. With a commitment to excellence, our book critics will ensure your work receives meticulous attention and constructive feedback, making Scribendi a highly recommended choice for authors seeking comprehensive and qualified book critique services.

How long will it take to review my manuscript?

The timeline for completing a book critique at Scribendi depends on the specifics of your manuscript. Our dedicated book critique services prioritize quality and thoroughness in evaluating your work. While we strive to provide efficient turnaround times, the duration may vary based on the complexity and length of your book. Rest assured, our experienced team of editors is committed to delivering a comprehensive critique, focusing on the big picture elements such as character development and narrative cohesion. Authors highly recommend our services for their effectiveness in refining fiction, picture books, and young adult fantasy manuscripts.

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2nd Draft Critique Service (price per page)

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You'll Love This Writing Critique Service If:

  • You're looking for a professional critique for your manuscript
  • You need feedback and recommendations on what to change and what to keep
  • You want a clear idea of how to revise your manuscript

Ensure your manuscript skips the slush pile and lands on the desk of an acquisitions editor or literary agent and , get a 2nd Draft critique ! When you send in at least 50 consecutive pages of your manuscript for review, you'll get an overall evaluation on your manuscript's strengths and weaknesses.

Writing fiction? You'll receive comments on your plot, characterization, dialogue, and setting. Have a nonfiction piece in the works? Get suggestions on the focus, development, organization, clarity and visual elements (if applicable). You'll also get feedback on your proposed target market and audience. Plus, a professional critique editor will point out (but not correct for you) any consistent issues within your manuscript pertaining to grammar, mechanics, spelling, or style. Not all critique editors prepare their comments the same way or use track changes. Some reviewers provide the critique as a summary.

Get a clear idea of how to revise your writing and make your work stand out! Use our 2nd Draft Services along with our webinars and online writing workshops to develop your writing skills, land an agent, and secure a book deal!

Our 2nd Draft Critique Editors Will Not:

  • Rewrite or revise for you, except in the case of providing an example of how to revise on your own.
  • Correct grammar, mechanics and spelling. This requires our 2nd Draft Proofreading service . However, a reviewer will point out any patterns of surface-level error that may pose a significant problem for you.
  • Check and correct for style (e.g., Chicago Manual of Style or AP style). This requires a professional copyeditor or proofreader.
  • Provide any fact-checking.
  • Provide answers or advice on legal issues.

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What Customers Are Saying About 2nd Draft...

"I was extremely pleased with the results I got from 2nd Draft. As a new writer, I was dying for some professional advice after finishing my first novel. The critique I received was invaluable. My editor, Terri Valentine, sent me a personal letter giving me advice on everything from POV flaws to grammatical mistakes to ways of making my book more of a page turner. In addition, she left comments, corrections, and suggestions throughout the pages I sent her. I will be forever grateful. Thank you 2nd Draft!" , Kim Chavez
"2nd Draft offered me a professional pair of fresh eyes and the spit shine my manuscript needed. I can now submit my first three chapters without hesitation." , Lynne Ellis Marino

Minimum length requirement

To take advantage of 2 nd Draft, you must have at least 50 consecutive manuscript pages ready for review. You're welcome to submit as many consecutive pages as you like, though they must all be from the same work.

Formatting Requirements

Please format your work to meet these standards before completing your purchase to ensure you purchase the correct number of pages. All documents, with the exception of the query letter which is single-spaced, must be submitted electronically in ONE of the following formats:

  • Word document (.doc or .docx)
  • Rich Text File (.rtf)

All documents MUST adhere to the professional manuscript formatting standards, which are:

  • 8.5 x 11 page size
  • Double-spacing throughout
  • 1-inch margins on top and bottom
  • 1.25-inch margins on left and right sides
  • Arial, Courier, or Times font
  • 12-point font size

*If your manuscript does not meet these formatting requirements, we will either return the document to you for correction, or we will apply these settings ourselves when possible, and only critique the number of pages you have paid for.*

There are no refunds for this service. No discounts apply.

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Manuscript editing, proofreading, and critique service.

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  Editing a nd Critique Options

The following services are arranged in an order to reflect the progression of a novel's revisions. Think of them as steps in a staircase.  The Scene Analysis is the first step, the final proofread is the last.

After your free sample, CMN will determine the level of your novel and suggest a stage to start with.

Although the Line Critique and Line Edit are only available when suggested by your CMN editor , the Final Proofread is available to anyone who does not wish to work in depth with CMN and only wants a final clean up. 

If you have done most of your own revisions and have a strong draft, the Full Edit/Critique may be an option. 

The Beta read with Evaluation is a low cost and less detailed option that is available for any novel. 

Understandably, if we begin with the first stage, your novel will most likely need the other stages as well. Instead of the combination packages we used to offer, we prefer having more flexibility to skip or repeat stages depending on the needs of your novel.    

Any subsequent job on the same manuscript

will be given a 15% discount.*

(This does not count if you start with a Beta read)

This is very close to equaling the discounts we previously  offered for the combination packages. 

Scene Analysis

This is a detailed analysis of your novel in chunks. Scenes are the building blocks for your story and need to be strong enough to support the plot and propel it toward the climax.  

What does a Scene Analysis entail?

Scene-by-scene breakdown (or chapter breakdown if this is more feasible) of your plot on worksheets that include:

-Discussion of intensity that includes the intensity level of the scene (number value from 1-10) that is plotted for the entire novel. 

-Identification of scene goals with comments and suggestions

-Suggestions for trimming to tighten scenes and cut out unnecessary words

-Discussion of strengths and weaknesses

-Organization suggestions to optimize plot

    See a sample worksheet  here

       In addition to all of this, we will include graphs that plot the scene/chapter pace and intensity levels for the entire novel so you can visualize the pattern of your plot.

      Below is an example of a pacing chart. This one is divided by chapter.   

 This payment is for novels up to 100,000 words.

Scroll down the list for 'long manuscript' options.

Please fill out our  questionnaire ,

then send your novel as an attachment to: 

[email protected]  

Line Critique

We will read your story and use the Tracked Comments feature of Word to give you feedback and advice about the se and any other issues we encounter:

  • Logic and consistency with characters, setting, and the established norms of the story
  • Organization and flow of information presented
  • Point-of-view
  • Character building
  • Tension and conflict
  • Ambiguity vs. clear concise writing
  • Scene building and arrangement
  • Transitions
  • Overused words
  • Active vs. passive voice
  • Tight writing vs. excess wordiness
  • Overwriting
  • Over/under plotting
  • Suggestions on sentence structure
  • Examples on how to fix any of the above issues 

Critique comments will only be in the margins using Word Tracking. We will not touch any of your text.

We will also include a separate file with comprehensive critique notes on major areas of the story such as plotting, POV, story structure, opening and climax, characters and character arc, relationship building, and any other issues that need to be addressed.

This service also includes a pacing graph to show you the pacing trend of your novel.  (See details above in Scene Analysis.)

  This payment is for novels up to 100,000 words.

Scroll down the list for 'long manuscript' options.   

then send your novel as an attachment to:   

[email protected]  

You can expect all of the types of changes listed for the proofread (see below). I n addition, we will add, change, or rewrite lines for any of the following reasons:

  • To suggest alternate words (stronger verbs, more interesting words, or words changed for better clarity)
  • To fix sentence structure (for clarity, to prevent passive voice, or to make it more interesting)
  • To add detail when we feel it is lacking
  • To omit wordiness or repetition
  • To make the character or scene richer 
  • To help dialogue flow smoother 
  • To smooth out transitions
  • To rearrange lines in a paragraph for increased organization

        We will attempt to mimic your style with anything we add, and with word tracking, you will have the opportunity to see these suggestions and accept or decline them. They may even prompt more ideas for you.

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Final Proofread

  • Spelling errors
  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • Word usage/nuance 
  • Missing or extra words
  • Verb tense and pronoun  consistency
  • Accidental switch in person: (First person; third person)
  • Homonyms/homophones: bear/bare; fair/fare; their/there/they're; air/heir; ad/add; in/inn; sew/so/sow
  • Errors in subject/verb agreement
  • Pronoun/antecedent agreement
  • Any other grammatical problems that we find

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Full Edit and Critique

This service is the single service we previously had that combines the above Line Edit and Line Critique into one step. *  If your novel is already in great shape that it will not need major revisions, this might be the step for you to choose. 

After your 500-words sample, Catherine will let you know if this service is an option for your novel.

* The cost is lower than the combined cost of the above two because novels that are allowed to use this service need less work than those that need separate passes.    

This payment is for novels up to 100,000 words.

then send your novel as an attachment  to:   

[email protected]    

Beta read with Evaluation

For a professional reader who knows what works and what doesn't work in a novel, choose a Critique My Novel editor as your beta reader.    

Catherine will read your entire novel and write a comprehensive evaluation of the work. She will point out strengths and weaknesses in the story to help guide your revisions. Evaluations average 3-6 pages  or longer depending on the manuscript.  

Scroll down the list for 'long manuscript' options.  

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Scene Analysis -- Long Manuscript

  Use this payment  if your novel is longer than 100,000 words. 

then send your novel as an attachment t o:

  [email protected]   

Line Critique -- Long Manuscript 

  Use this payment if your novel is longer than 100,000 words. 

then send your novel as an attachment to:

Critique @CritiqueMyNovel.com  

Line Edit -- Long Manuscript 

then send your novel as an attachment to: 

Editing @CritiqueMyNovel.com   

Proofread -- Long Manuscript 

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Full Edit and Critique -- Long Manuscript

Beta read with evaluation -- long manuscript.

then send your novel as an attachment to:  

[email protected] 

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We prefer flat rates so you can see what your cost is upfront.  

NO  hourly rate

NO   cost per page

NO  cost per word

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Manuscript Critique

A manuscript critique is a budget-friendly option for authors who need feedback on the high-level elements of their work. Like developmental editing, a manuscript critique covers story-level elements including plot, structure, characterization, pacing, and voice.

A manuscript critique is less comprehensive than a developmental edit and does not include in-text comments or a call with the editor. However, a critique covers the same story-level elements and is a solid alternative to the more in-depth developmental editing service. A manuscript critique can also be called a manuscript evaluation.

After the critique, you will have a thorough understanding of your manuscript and story, along with a plan for tackling revisions.

Manuscript Critique Includes:

  • A written report with an analysis and action plan​​

Is a Manuscript Critique Right For Me?

While developmental editing is an ideal option for many situations, a manuscript critique is a good alternative for authors with budget constraints or who are not yet ready for a developmental edit. If you are not sure what you need, a manuscript critique is a good starting point.

Authors can also pursue a manuscript critique prior to a developmental edit to address broader issues before exploring revisions more deeply.

Example Manuscript Critique

This example manuscript critique was created for a real author during a manuscript critique service with Blue Pen. We share it here with the author’s permission to assist writers searching for editing and proofreading examples.

Manuscript Critique Details

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A Message from Jeanne Cavelos, Director, about Critique Services:

To further our mission of helping writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work, the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides writers of all levels, from beginners to successful pros, in-depth, insightful, professional-level critiques on their work.

One of the most effective methods of improving your writing is to discover how others experience your work. A critique that explains the reader’s experience, why the reader had that experience, and how that experience can be strengthened, helps the author gain perspective and provides valuable direction for revision.

The Odyssey Critique Service provides an honest assessment of your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses. The weaknesses are then explored in depth, so you see very specifically which elements aren’t working well, why they aren’t, and how they might work better. The critique is also instructional, explaining concepts and techniques relevant to your work as needed.

How in-depth are the critiques?

You’ll receive your manuscript back with significant line edits and marginal comments written on it. This will be accompanied by the critique. Critiques average over 8,000 words each.

How much of my work can I submit?

The Odyssey Critique Service offers three options:

• Short story writers may submit up to three stories, with a total word count of no more than 20,000 words.

• Novelists may submit the opening chapters of their novel, and if they want, a synopsis of the remainder. The synopsis can be no more than 1500 words, and the total of excerpt and synopsis can be no more than 20,000 words. The chapters should be consecutive.

• Writers can submit more material if they want, up to an entire novel.

All material must be submitted at once.

What is the procedure?

1. Print out the stories or chapters/synopsis. Make sure that your work is in standard manuscript format . This provides the critiquer room to write comments.

2. Calculate the appropriate fee, or contact me  for help. The fee for the first two options listed above is $300. If you are submitting more than 20,000 words, the cost is $15 per 1,000 words. So, for example, if you are submitting a novel of 80,000 words, the cost would be $15 x 80 = $1,200.

3. Make your payment. You may pay via US personal check, bank draft in US dollars, or PayPal , a service that allows you to charge the cost to a credit card.

4. Mail the following four items to this address:

Odyssey Critique Service P. O. Box 75 Mont Vernon, NH 03057

  • The printed copy of your submission.
  • If you are paying via check or bank draft, include that in your package.
  • An unaddressed envelope large enough to hold your submission, with $7.50 postage on it. We will use this envelope to mail your submission to your specific critiquer. Those outside the U.S. should simply add $15.00 U.S. to the critiquing fee. This will cover the $7.50 postage as well as the additional postage cost involved in returning your edited manuscript to you.
  • Your regular address, email address, and phone number.

5. We will email you to let you know the date we received your package and who will be critiquing your work.

6. If you have submitted 20,000 words or less, you will receive your critique within 60 days. If you have submitted a longer work, we may need up to 90 days. Once we’ve received your work and identified an available critiquer, we can let you know whether this extra time will be required. You will receive via regular mail the critique and your original manuscript marked with line edits, comments, and suggestions.

7. After reviewing your critique, if you have any questions for your critiquer, you may send one follow-up email with those questions. Email your questions to me , and I will relay them to your critiquer. The critiquer will respond as her schedule allows.

Can I email my submission instead?

Scientific studies have shown that revising or critiquing on an electronic document discourages major re-conceptualizing of a text. The author or critiquer sees only narrow windows of the text rather than the whole. While this can allow for very useful line edits and minor comments, it hampers the ability to compare distant passages of text or to consider big-picture issues, such as whether a scene is necessary, whether a character or plot is developing in a strong arc, or whether a change in the order of scenes might benefit the story. We work on print documents to maximize the help and insight we can offer to you.

If exceptional circumstances require electronic transmission of your manuscript, or require that you receive line edits and marginal comments within an electronic document,  contact me .

If a critiquer makes an edit or a suggestion, can I use it, or is that suggestion the property of the critiquer?

You are the author, and whatever changes you make to your work, including ideas or wording suggested by the critiquer, are yours. Our critiquers operate very much like editors at publishing houses function, suggesting ways to make the work stronger. Those suggestions are for you and belong to you, just as the original work you submitted belongs to you. An editor at a magazine or publishing house doesn’t own any part of the copyright of a work that she edits; your Odyssey critiquer doesn’t either.

Is the Odyssey Critique Service a substitute for the Odyssey Writing Workshop?

Unfortunately, no. The Odyssey Writing Workshop is a unique and powerful experience. Getting away from your “real life” and focusing only on your writing for six weeks allows you to make progress at a much accelerated rate.

The Odyssey Critique Service can’t substitute for that experience. But it can provide you with key insights that will help you see your work in a new light and make major steps toward improving it. The feedback you receive will give you a clear sense of your strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and it will provide you with direction. You will know where to focus your efforts to make the greatest improvement and conquer your greatest problems.

Will using the Odyssey Critique Service guarantee that I'll be admitted to the Odyssey Writing Workshop or to one of Odyssey's Online Classes?

No. Using the critique service can certainly help you to improve, but how much you improve depends on how you use the feedback you receive. For years, I dismissed all the criticism I received on my writing, thinking,  These people just aren’t smart enough to understand my work.  That made me feel better, but it didn’t help my writing at all. Only after many wasted years did I finally begin to listen, and learn, and improve. Even so, it sometimes takes me months or even years to understand the underlying problem in my work and how to solve that problem.

While using the Odyssey Critique Service in no way guarantees admission to one of Odyssey’s programs, one of the reasons I wanted to start the service was to help applicants. Many writers apply year after year. Some of them improve each year and are ultimately admitted to the workshop. Others struggle, their skills remaining the same. I’m unable to give more than a few sentences of personalized feedback when I respond to applicants. I’ve often thought that if I could give a full critique of each application story, perhaps I could help the writer. But time doesn’t allow that. With the critique service, though, a writer can receive assistance.

The journey to become the best writer you can be is an unending one, and it’s not easy—that’s why I chose the name Odyssey. How much a writer will improve and how quickly he will improve are different for each person. We’ve set up the critique service to be as helpful as possible. I hope it will help you to make significant progress down that road toward making your work as vivid, powerful, and moving as it can be.



Carrie Vaughn

Bestselling author Carrie Vaughn graduated from Odyssey in 1998 (the year Harlan Ellison was Writer-in- Residence). She returned in 2009 as Odyssey’s Writer-in-Residence and in 2020 as a guest lecturer.

Her latest novels include the post-apocalyptic murder mystery,  Bannerless , winner of the Philip K. Dick Award, and its sequel,  The Wild Dead . She wrote the  New York Times  bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty, along with several other contemporary fantasy and young adult novels, and upwards of 80 short stories, two of which have been finalists for the Hugo Award. She’s a contributor to the  Wild Cards series of shared world superhero books edited by George R. R. Martin. An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado. Visit her at  www.carrievaughn.com .

Carrie’s been in various critique groups almost continuously for over ten years, where she’s critiqued novels and short stories across all genres. She’s critiqued beginning, unpublished writers, as well as award winners.

Barbara Ashford

Barbara Campbell

Barbara Campbell has been praised by reviewers and readers alike for her compelling characters and her “emotional, heartfelt” storytelling. Her background as a professional actress, lyricist, and librettist has helped her delve deeply into character and explore the complexities of human nature on the stage as well as on the page. Her musical adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd  has been optioned for Broadway.

Barbara’s first published series was the dark fantasy trilogy  Trickster’s Game  (written as Barbara Campbell). Published by DAW Books,  Trickster’s Game  was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Society’s 2010 Fantasy Award for adult literature.

She drew on her musical theatre roots for her second novel series (written as Barbara Ashford), the award-winning Spellcast  and its sequel  Spellcrossed , set in a magical summer stock theatre. DAW Books released the two novels in an omnibus edition:  Spells at the Crossroads .

A 2000 graduate of the Odyssey workshop, Barbara has taught eight online courses for Odyssey and has served on the staff of the Odyssey Critique Service for more than a decade. You can visit her dual selves at  barbara-campbell.com  and  barbara-ashford.com .

Barbara believes that thoughtful, in-depth critiques are vital to becoming a better writer. “It’s hard to get enough distance from your work to view it critically. Whether it’s a scene that provokes a response you weren’t expecting or prose that muddies the impact you’re trying to achieve, the critique process can highlight strengths as well as weaknesses, and provide insight into aspects of your writing that may be interfering with your story-telling.”


Lane Robins

Lane Robins is a 1999 Odyssey graduate who has her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She is the author of  Maledicte (Del Rey) and its sequel,  Kings and Assassins . Under the name Lyn Benedict, she wrote the Shadows Inquiries series, which includes the novels Sins & Shadows , Ghosts & Echoes, Gods & Monsters , and Lies & Omens . She attributes much of her success to critiquing. Critiquing allows the writer to have new eyes on a manuscript, highlighting that often crucial gap between what the writer intends and what’s actually on the page. Critiquing can be an extremely useful diagnostic tool that has the potential to expose rough spots in a writer’s repertoire beyond the needs of a single story or manuscript, that improves not only the critiqued manuscript but the ones that come after. Visit her website at authorlanerobins.com .

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Elaine Isaak

Elaine Isaak writes knowledge-inspired adventure fiction, including The Dark Apostle series about medieval surgery (as E.C. Ambrose), The Singer’s Legacy fantasy series (as Elaine Isaak), and the Bone Guard international thrillers (as E. Chris Ambrose). In the process of researching her books, Elaine learned how to hunt with a falcon, clear a building of possible assailants, and pull traction on a broken limb. Her short stories have appeared in  Fireside, Warrior Women , and  Fantasy for the Throne , among many others, and she has edited several volumes of  New Hampshire Pulp Fiction . A 1997 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, Elaine has returned there to teach, as well as at conventions and writer’s groups across the country. She has judged writing competitions from New Hampshire Literary Idol to the World Fantasy Award.

Elaine dropped out of art school to found her own business. A former professional costumer and soft sculpture creator, Elaine now works as a part-time adventure guide. In addition to writing, Elaine creates wearable art employing weaving, dyeing, and felting into her unique garments. To learn about all of her writing, check out RocinanteBooks.com .

A founding member of the Poet’s Unbound workshop, Elaine also belongs to the Science Fiction Writers of America, the Professional Authors’ Network of Romance Writers of America, and Novelists, Inc. She has run an invitational genre critique group locally and worked with teen writers as part of the Young Writers’ Conference. Writers at all points in their careers benefit from thoughtful and timely critique of their works in progress, geared toward the needs of the writer and the goals of the work. While there are many public writer’s groups and on-line resources, it can be hard to get the sort of in-depth reading that can help to advance your work to the next level. Aside from the direct benefit to the work at hand, receiving an insightful critique helps to train the mind of the writer—transitioning from reading for pure pleasure, to reading with an understanding of the tools and techniques that top authors use to win your attention and earn your loyalty.

Eric James Stone

Eric James Stone

A Nebula Award winner, Hugo Award finalist, and winner in the Writers of the Future Contest, Eric James Stone has had dozens of stories published in  Year’s Best SF 15, Analog, Nature , and Kevin J. Anderson’s  Blood Lite  anthologies of humorous horror, among other venues. His first novel was released by Baen in 2016.

One of Eric’s earliest memories is of seeing an Apollo moon-shot launch on television. That might explain his fascination with space travel. His father’s collection of old science fiction ensured that Eric grew up on a full diet of Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke.

While getting his political science degree at Brigham Young University, Eric took creative writing classes. He wrote several short stories, and even submitted one for publication, but after it was rejected he gave up on creative writing for a decade. During those years Eric graduated from Baylor Law School, worked on a congressional campaign, and took a job in Washington, DC, with one of those special interest groups politicians always complain that other politicians are influenced by. He quit the political scene in 1999 to work as a web developer in Utah.

In 2002 he started writing fiction again, and in 2003 he attended Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. In 2007 Eric got laid off from his day job just in time to go to the Odyssey Writing Workshop. He has since found a new web development job. From 2009-2014 Eric was an assistant editor for  Intergalactic Medicine Show .

In addition to attending critique-based workshops, Eric has actively participated in several critique groups since 2003 and believes they are extremely helpful in getting his work ready for publication. He says a good critique is not just about finding mistakes and weaknesses in a manuscript—it’s about understanding what story the author is trying to tell, so that the manuscript can be improved to best convey that story to the reader.

Visit his website at www.ericjamesstone.com .


Barbara Barnett-Stewart

Barbara Barnett-Stewart (or Barbara A. Barnett, as you’ll usually find her credited) is a Philadelphia-area writer, musician, and orchestra librarian. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and has had over 60 short stories published in magazines and anthologies such as  Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Fantasy Magazine, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online,   Black Static , and  Wilde Stories: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction .

Barbara earned her Bachelor of Arts in music and English literature from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. A 2007 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, she currently serves as managing editor of the workshop’s blog and spent several years as Resident Supervisor for The Never-Ending Odyssey (TNEO), a workshop exclusively for Odyssey graduates.

Since 2005, Barbara has participated in both online and in-person critique groups. She has found critiques—giving them as well receiving them—to be an invaluable part of her growth as a writer. She values critiques that are truthful yet constructive, detailed yet not prescriptive, that recognize what kind of story the author wants to tell and what tools might help them get there, and that acknowledge what the author is doing well, not just what needs improvement.

You can find Barbara online at  babarnett.com .



“I really appreciate what I think of as the mini-lessons—reminders or introductions to concepts, such as how to evaluate a scene, pacing, secondary characters, and structure, and then an analysis of these in relation to my manuscript. The report is invaluable not just for this novel but also for my future novels.

“The most important element is that I received feedback on what is wrong that is expert and well-considered. It’s very valuable, too, to know what has worked (so I don’t end up removing it, not realizing it’s fine) and I’m glad to have received that feedback, too. Other services are not as knowledgeable or rigorous.”

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“I received an incredibly comprehensive critique. Everything in my stories, from concept, character and plot, to grammar and punctuation, was thoroughly examined. The Odyssey Critique Service is a wonderful resource: I will use it again.”

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“The critique broke my story down into manageable bites so I could digest all the information and start to work on my story to make it stronger, to make it publishable as a work of fiction.

“The line edits, and I am sorry to Barbara Campbell for this, were throughout the novel and were instructive. They showed me the faults I was blind to in my writing, showing me how to tighten up the scenes and sequences I had while giving wonderful, truthful feedback. And that is a rarity.

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Posted on Sep 04, 2019

49 Places to Find a Critique Circle to Improve Your Writing

Contrary to popular belief, writers aren’t solitary creatures by default. In fact, we’re often better when we write together , swapping trade secrets and exchanging manuscripts for mutual critique. Unfortunately, accidents of geography can stop us from congregating as often as we’d like. We don’t all live in literary hubs like London and NYC, so finding a critique circle in real life can be a bit of a challenge.

Luckily, you don’t have to be limited by the vagaries of place: there are plenty of online spaces where you can find writing partners ( and their excellent tips ). From the Critique Circle — the internet’s most famous writing group — to the more intimate critique groups studding the netscape, it’s easy enough to find gimlet-eyed readers ready to bring out the potential in your works-in-progress.

We’ve rounded 51 places to get feedback on your work. General writing critique groups are at the top, and genre-focused communities at the bottom. Because, to paraphrase the Starks of Winterfell , if the lone wolf dies while the pack survives, the lone writer struggles while the critique circle thrives.

Critique circles are all about working together


1. Critique Circle

Most of this list is in alphabetical order, but Critique Circle is so well-known it’s worth breaking the mold. This Iceland-based community has a no-frills aesthetic. But since it opened in 2003, it’s offered more than 700,000 critiques for over 140,000 stories. Members sign up for free and earn credits — needed to put their work up for review — by offering feedback to other users. Every 3 reviews earns you enough credits to “buy” an opportunity to post.

Freshly enrolled writers have their work scheduled in a Newbie Queue, which sends their writing out for feedback faster than the regular queue. Word to the wise: the quality of feedback can vary — especially if they come from newbie members still learning the art of constructive criticism. But experienced members stand by to help to newbies as they get comfortable with the process.

Perfect if: You want to check out the internet’s most famous critique group

2. Reedsy Writing Prompts Contest

Yes, this one is facilitated through our very site! Here at Reedsy, we host a weekly writing contest where writers are invited to submit a short story based on one of our writing prompts. Shortly after launching this contest, we noticed a cool thing happening: writers started leaving constructive criticism and feedback on one another's stories — completely un prompted. We decided we wanted to encourage this initiative, so we created a critique circle within the contest.

Here's how it works: sign up for a free Reedsy Prompts account , and submit a short story to one of our contests. Once the contest ends, you'll receive an email asking you to leave feedback on other participants' stories — and the other entrants will likewise be encouraged to leave feedback on  your story.

Perfect if: You want the opportunity to earn cash prizes as part of your critique circle experience

3. 10 Minute Novelists Facebook Group

This support group for time-crunched writers runs a weekly #BuddyDay thread every Tuesday, where members can post their work for review. Excerpts are fair game, as are blurbs , author bios, cover art, and the like. If you’d like to test drive a couple of different packages for your indie masterpiece, #BuddyDay might be a good place to start.

Even if it’s not Tuesday, 10 Minute Novelists is a great place to “hang out.” Members commiserate about how real life gets in the way of your literary dreams — and encourage each other to stick it out anyway.

Perfect if: You know you’ve got a novel inside you, but you can’t seem to carve out more than 10 minutes a day to actually write it

4. ABCTales

This free writing community lets members post their own work and comment on each others’ — think WattPad, with way less emphasis on One Direction fanfic. Discussion seems to revolve around how to write a poem to best effect, although some short story writers frequent the forums as well. The feedback tends to be earnest and encouraging. Members happily dole out congratulations at one another’s literary triumphs.

ABCTales emphasizes slow and steady writerly development more than hustling for bylines. The pieces posted on its forums likely won’t be eligible for publication at many mainstream outlets, so they tend to be exercises written for practice, or from sheer love of the craft. That said, there is a forum full of writers swapping tips for publication .

Perfect if: You want a wholesome community to help you hone your craft in a low-stakes way

5. Absolute Write Water Cooler

This sprawling writers’ forum can be a bit of a maze, but there’s a wealth of material to help you along on your writing journey. If you’re in search of critique, you’ll want to make your way to the Beta Readers, Mentors, and Writing Buddies board. It works a little like a craft-focused version of the old Craigslist Personals section. Just post a description of the piece you’re working on, and forum members who fancy giving it a beta read will get in touch.

While you’re waiting for your perfect beta reader to respond to your post, you can hang out on any of Absolute Write ’s other craft-focused message boards. Many are genre-specific: check out Now We’re Cookin’! if you’re into food writing, or Flash Fiction if you’re a fan of pith.

Perfect if: You harbor romantic fantasies of finding your One True Reader on a personals site

6. Christopher Fielden

Christopher Fielden’s website offers tons of free resources – ranging from how to do research, how to keep your creativity fresh, and advice about self-publishing. He also curates a list of writing competitions – whether you’re looking to submit a short story or a poem, there are tons of options to choose from. You can pay for a critique from his team as well and a seasoned writer like Dr. Lynda Nash or Allen Ashley will go over your short story, novel, or poem.

7. Beta Readers and Critique Partners Facebook Group

This Facebook group has been helping writers find beta readers for two years now, and it’s still going strong. Almost 500 new members joined in the last month, bringing the total up to over 7,000. Rest assured, the mods won’t tolerate any nonsense: scorched earth critiques are forbidden, and members are encouraged to be kind at all times.

The Beta Readers and Critique Partners group welcomes members of all skill levels. Participants do their best to keep in mind whether they’re reading a seasoned pro, or someone just getting started as a beta reader . Self-promotion is banned, so don’t worry about being spammed.

Perfect if: You want a group where newbies can freely mingle with seasoned pros

8. Critique It

This peer review tool works like Google Docs on steroids: a group of collaborators can work on the same project, leave each other feedback, and feel like they’re all gathered around the same desk even if they’re actually scattered across the globe. Unlike GDocs, Critique It makes it easy to drop in video and audio files as well. That way, critics can leave their feedback in whatever format they like.

It won’t actually help you find a critique group. But it will let you form one with whoever you choose — no matter where in the world they’re based.

Perfect if: You want to form a writing group with friends from afar

9. The Desk Drawer

Here’s a critique group with high standards: send out multiple submissions that haven’t been spell-checked, and the group just might kick you out. This ultra-active, email-based workshop is a perfect fit for the kind of scribblers who thrive off prompts —  and who want to use them to hone their craft in the (virtual) company of fifty-odd like-minded writers. Every week, The Desk Drawer sends out a writing exercise. Members can respond directly to the prompt with a SUB (submission) — or offer a CRIT (critique) of another writer’s response.

To stay on the mailing list, workshoppers have to send out at least three posts a month: 1 SUB and 2 CRITS, or 3 CRITS. And membership is selective: if you’d like to join, you’ll have to send in a short, 100- to 250-word writing sample based on a prompt.

Perfect if: You want some disciplined — but mutually encouraging — writing buddies to keep you honest as you build up a writing habit

10. Fiction Writers Global Facebook Group

Despite its name, this community welcomes writers of fiction and non-fiction alike, although those who work specialize in erotica are encouraged to find an alternative group. At 13 years old, it’s one of the longer-running writing communities on Facebook. The mods have laid down the law to ensure it continues to run smoothly: fundraising, self-promotion, and even memes are strictly banned.

If you’re still weighing the pros and cons of traditional versus self-publishing , Fiction Writers Global might be the perfect group for you. They have members going both these routes who are always happy to share their experiences.

Perfect if: You’re determined to go the indie route — or thinking seriously about it

11. Hatrack River Writers Workshop

This 18+, members-only workshop was founded by renowned speculative fiction writer Orson Scott Card, of Ender’s Game fame , and it’s now hosted by short fiction writer Kathleen Dalton Woodbury. Both these writers cut their teeth on genre fiction, but don’t feel limited to tales of magic and spacefaring — anything goes, except for fanfic.

At the Hatrack River Writers Workshop , members can submit the first 13 lines of a WIP for review — an exercise designed to make sure the story hooks the reader as efficiently as possible . A loosely structured Writing Class forum offers prompts, called “assignments,” designed to help blocked writers start (or finish) stalled works.

Perfect if: You want to polish your story’s opening to a mirror-shine

12. Inked Voices

Unlike the cozy, Web 1.0 vibes of older online critique groups, Inked Voices is as sleek as they come, with cloud-based functionality and an elegant visual brand. Its polished look and feel make sense considering this isn’t so much a writing group as a platform for finding — or creating — writing groups, complete with a shiny workshopping app that has version control and calendar notifications built in.

Each workshop is private, invite-only, and capped at 8 members. You can sign up for a two-week free trial, but after that, the service costs $10 per month, or $75 for the year. Membership also lets you tune in for free to lectures by industry pros.

Perfect if: You’re willing to pay for an intimate, yet high-tech, workshop experience

13. Litopia

This website calls itself the “oldest writers’ colony on the ‘net,” a description that probably proves its age. One of its main draws? The writing groups that allow members to post their WIPs for peer review. The community tends to be friendly and mutually encouraging — probably the reason Litopia has lasted so long.

There’s another major draw: every Sunday, literary agent Peter Cox reviews several 700-word excerpts from members work on-air, in a podcast called Pop-Up Submissions. Cox tackles this process with a rotating cast of industry professionals as his guests. They’ve even been known to ask for a synopsis from a writer who impresses.

Perfect if: You’ve always wanted to spend some time in a writer’s colony, but you can’t jet off to Eureka Springs just yet

14. My Writers Circle

This easy-going discussion forum is light on dues and regulations, but members seem to be friendly and respectful anyway. A stickied thread on the Welcome Board encourages new members to read and comment on at least 3 pieces of writing before posting their own work for review. But this isn’t the kind of hard-and-fast rule that’ll lead to banning if you fall short. Members go along with it because they genuinely care about one another’s writing progress.

My Writers Circle has three dedicated workshop boards that allow forum users to seek feedback on their writing. One, called Review My Work, accepts general fiction and nonfiction, while additional spaces allow poets and dramatists of all kinds to get their verse, plays, and TV scripts critiqued.

Perfect if: You want a community where people are nice because they want to be — not because they have to be

15. Nathan Bransford - The Forums

Nathan Bransford worked as an agent before he switched over to the other side of the submissions process. Now, he’s a published middle-grade novelist and the author of a well-rated, self-published craft book called How to Write a Novel . In the midst of all his success, Bransford gives back to the literary community by running his ultra-popular Forums.

A board called Connect With a Critique Partner functions as matchmaker central for writers seeking their perfect beta readers. And if you’re not looking for something long-term, there’s the Excerpts forum, where you can post a bit of your WIP for quick hit of feedback.

Perfect if: You want to be part of a writing community that’s uber-active, but low-key

16. The Next Big Writer

Since 2005, this cult-favorite workshop has provided thousands of writers with a friendly forum for exchanging critiques. The site boasts an innovative points system designed to guarantee substantive, actionable feedback. To gain access, you’ll have to pay: $8.95 a month, $21.95 a quarter, or $69.95 for the whole year. Fortunately, there’s an opportunity to try before you buy: a 7-day free trial lets you get a taste of what the site has to offer.

The Next Big Writer also hosts periodic contests : grand prize winners receive $600 and professional critiques, while runners-up stand to gain $150 and 3 months of free membership. Meanwhile, all entrants get feedback on their submissions.

Perfect if: You like the sound of a members’ only writing contest with big prizes — in both cash and critique

17. NovelPro

This fiction writing workshop is one of the more costly online communities to join. But it has the rigor of an MFA program, at a tiny fraction of the price. Members — their numbers are capped at 50 — pay $120 a year. And that’s after a stringent application process requiring the first and last chapters of a finished, 60,000-word fiction manuscript and a 250-word blurb. Think of it as a bootcamp for your novel.

Even if an applicant’s writing sample passes muster, they still might not make the cut — there’s also a critique exercise that asks them to pass judgment on a sample novel chapter, with a 2-day turnaround. No wonder prospective NovelPro members are urged to reconsider unless their prose is “accomplished” and their fiction skills “advanced.”

Perfect if: You want a critique group that’ll take your work as seriously as you do

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18. Prolitfic

Launched by University of Texas students frustrated by the vagaries of the publishing process, this slick, Gen Z-friendly site encourages emerging writers to help each other out with thorough, actionable reviews. Members critique one another’s critiques — dare we call it metacritique? — to keep the quality of feedback high.

Prolitfic 's rating rubric, which assigns all submissions a star rating out of 5, insures that all reviewers are coming from the same place. Reviewers with higher levels of Spark, or site engagement, have their feedback weighted more heavily when the site calculates each submission’s overall rating.

Perfect if: You’re a serious, young writer hoping to find support in a tight-knit community built by your peers

19. Scribophile

One of the best-known writing communities on the web, Scribophile promises 3 insightful critiques for every piece of work you submit. Members earn the right to receive critiques by stocking up on karma points, which they can get by offering feedback on other works. You can get extra karma points by reacting to other users’ critiques — by clicking on Facebook-like buttons that say “thorough,” “constructive,” and the like — and by having your critiques showered with positive reactions.

A free membership lets you put two 3,000-word pieces up for critique, while premium memberships won’t throttle your output — but will cost you either $9 per month or $65 for the year.

Perfect if: You’d like to play with a critique system that has shades of Reddit — but far more civil!

20. SheWrites Groups

This long-standing community for writing women boasts a treasure trove of craft-focused articles. But the site also hosts a wealth of writing groups, split into genres and topics. Whether they work on screenplays, horror novels , or depictions of the environment, women writers can find a group to post their work for feedback — and commiserate on the travails of writing life.

In addition to their articles and writing groups, She Writes also operates a hybrid publishing company that distributes through Ingram and, naturally, brings women’s writing into the light.

Perfect if: You’re a woman writer in search of a friendly community full of like-minded, mutually encouraging folks

21. Sub It Club

Gearing up to submit finished work can be even more daunting than writing it in the first place. If you’d like to get some friendly eyes on your query letters or pitches — in a virtual walled garden away from any agents or publishers — this closed Facebook group might be the perfect place for you.

If you’re in need of more than a one-off review, Sub It Club runs a Critique Partner Matchup group to pair off writing buddies. The group moderators also run a blog with plenty of tips on crafting cover letters, dealing with rejection, and all other parts of the submission process .

Perfect if: You want a private, low-stress setting to get some feedback and vent about life as a yet-to-be-published writer

22. WritersCafe.org

This sizable — but friendly! — community boasts over 800,000 users, all of whom can access its critique forums for free. Members offer feedback to one another at all stages of the writing process: from proofing near-finished pieces to leaving more substantive feedback for still-marinating works.

For more quantitative-minded scribblers, WritersCafe ’s graphs make it easy to visualize how their work is being received. The site also allows members to host their own writing contests — and even courses to share their expertise with fellow Cafe patrons.

Perfect if: You’re a visual, data-driven writer who prefers to think in charts — even when it comes to writing!

23. Writer’s Digest Critique Central

Writer’s Digest is an institution in the literary world, and its critique forum is as popular as you’d expect: it’s collected more than 10,000 threads and nearly 90,000 individual posts over the years.

Critique Central boasts dedicated boards for a variety of genres — poetry is the most popular, with literary fiction next in line. You can also find spaces dedicated to polishing query letters and synopses, and a board that aggregates critique guidelines to make sure every member is giving — and getting — the best feedback possible.

Perfect if: You’d like a one-stop shop for critiquing your WIPs, queries, and synopses

24. The Writers Match

Founded by a veteran children’s book author, The Writers Match aims to, well, match writers with their comrades-in-craft from around the world. Think of it as okCupid for critique partners. Just fill out a profile and then shop for matches on the Members page, where writers will be sorted according to experience and genre.

If you find any promising would-be partners, shoot them a message and see if the literary sparks fly. And if it turns out you don’t quite vibe, there are plenty of other fish in the sea of critique.

Perfect if: You live somewhere without a robust writing community, and you’re tired of missing out

25. Writers World Facebook Group

Founded by veteran editor and sci-fi author Randall Andrews, this critique group welcomes serious writers of book-length prose. Members aim to shepherd each other’s manuscripts through all stages of the publication process, from the developmental edit to the query.

Andrews himself remains heavily involved in Writers World ’s day-to-day activity, pitching in with critiques informed by his 30 years of experience in the publishing industry. He’s also happy to explain his comments, and weighs in periodically with links to useful resources on craft.

Perfect if: You’ve got a book in the works, and you’re in the market for a critique group headed by a mentor who’s extremely generous with his time

26. Writing.Com

This sprawling community has been a meeting point for writers of all levels since 2000, whether their goals are to be published in a top-shelf literary magazine or to score an A in English Composition. Writing.Com users, who work in every genre under the sun, make use of the site’s portfolio system to post their writing and seek feedback from fellow community members.

Free memberships allow users to store up to 10 items in their personal portfolio, while the various tiers of paid membership gradually increase the limit — starting at the 50 items afforded by the $19.95 per year Basic Membership.

Perfect if: You want to be part of an enormous community where you’re sure to encounter a diversity of viewpoints

27. Writing, Prompts & Critiques Facebook Group

Writing, Prompts & Critiques is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. Members seek critique on posted threads and can also comment on one another’s responses to the group’s daily writing exercises.

Speaking of which: unlike conventional writing prompts, which encourage you to write new work, WPC’s daily challenges try to get you thinking more deeply about your existing projects. So come with a manuscript in hand, and see if the folks here can’t help you make it even better.

Perfect if: You’d like to get some feedback on a WIP — and experiment with some writing exercises to refine it

28. Writing to Publish

This 25-year-old critique group might have an American flag gif on its homepage, but its membership is worldwide. Writing to Publish members meet live in a chat room every other Monday at 7 PM Pacific time — which the website helpfully specifies is lunchtime on Tuesday for Australians.

New members have trial status until they’ve sat in on a handful of live-chat sessions, after which point they can start offering critiques themselves. Only after two critiques can they become full-fledged members, with the ability to submit their own work for review. Discussion tends to be lively and honest — but unfailingly polite.

Perfect if: You want your critique circle to operate in real-time — even if it includes folks from all over the world

29. YeahWrite

This writing community’s home page describes it as “part workshop, part competition, and all focused on getting from where you are to where you want to be as a writer.” Its biggest claim to fame? Free weekly writing challenges in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, where writers submit 750-word pieces in response to curated writing prompts.

If you fancy more concentrated feedback than the weekly challenges can give you, YeahWrite also offers paid editorial evaluations — one for $25 a year or two for $50. Send a 1,000-word piece of writing for review, and an editorial staff member will get back to you with a developmental edit or a line edit, depending on your manuscript’s needs.

Perfect if: You find that nothing sparks your creativity energies more than a good writing prompt

30. YouWriteOn

[update 4 Feb 2022: YouWriteOn seems to be temporarily inaccessible]

This free service boasts Bloomsbury and Penguin Random House reps among its members. So if you join and upload a story or chapter, you stand a chance of getting some very discerning eyes on your work. With such powerful people roaming the joint, it’s no wonder that some first-time authors have been discovered through YouWriteOn: historical fiction writer Doug Jackson, for instance, sold his Roman epic Caligula to Penguin through the forum.

Reviews come in one at a time and assign each piece a star rating in 8 different categories: characters, story, pace and structure, use of language, narrative voice, dialogue, settings, and themes and ideas.

Perfect if: You want some Big Five eyes on your work, in a supportive, low-stakes setting

A critique circle just might help you produce an enduring genre masterpiece


31. Allpoetry

This poetry site allows free members to join a writing group and post their verse for review, while premium members can use it to host their own private writing critique groups. A silver membership, for $5.95 a month, allows you to form a group, while a $14.95 gold membership provides analytics to track your visitors.

Allpoetry boasts 238 currently active groups — the biggest weighing in at 50 members while the smallest hover around 6 or 7 members. The site also offers free, self-paced poetry classes for beginners to the craft, on topics ranging from sonnets to beating writer’s block .

Perfect if: You’re a poet who wants the ability to choose between several critique groups of various sizes

32. Chronicles Science Fiction & Fantasy Community

This sleekly designed forum is primarily a fandom space — a thriving community for dissecting the works of your favorite speculative fiction authors. But Chronicles also operates a suite of craft-focused forums for sci-fi and fantasy fans who double as writers themselves.

The Chronicles Workshop forum hosts frequent, 100-word writing challenges that combine a theme and a genre, say “Crime & Punishment” and “Urban Fantasy.” Members tend to respond to these with enthusiasm, but they also have the option of posting their own, freestanding work for review in the writing circle.

Perfect if: You’re both a speculative fiction writer and a speculative fiction reader, and you want a community that can indulge both your inner creator and your inner fan

33. Critters Workshop

A passion project run by a former VP of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Critters has been helping authors polish their sci-fi, fantasy, and horror for almost a quarter century. The workshop is a space for serious writers, whether they’ve been showered with accolades or are still unpublished.

Critters stands out for treating critique itself as a craft deserving of careful attention. Participants learn to read with both acumen and empathy, offering substantive, yet tactfully framed criticisms of one another’s work. To remain in good standing, every “critter” writes an average of one critique a week.

Perfect if: You’re willing to learn the art of constructive criticism — and eager to get 15-20 thoughtful responses for each piece of writing they submit

34. Critique.org Workshops

The Critique.org workshops act as an expansion of Critters — including 16 furthers genres and media. The resulting spin-offs cover every form of writing you can think of, from thrillers to screenplays. Some are more highly trafficked than others, but all of them echo Critters’ dedication to the art of critique.

Multi-genre writers who work on, say, both romance and thrillers have to sign up separately for every workshop they’re interested in.

Perfect if: You like the sound of Critters but don’t like the idea of writing sci-fi, fantasy, or horror

35. Eratosphere

This online workshop might be named for the muse of love poetry, but versifiers working on all subjects are welcome to post. Eratosphere isn’t for the faint of heart: the site’s guidelines stress high standards of craft and emphasize that the forums might not be suitable for beginners or “those who mainly seek mutual support and praise.” But if you’re a practiced poet serious about refining your craft, you won’t find a more knowledgeable workshop.

The site is especially helpful for poets specializing in metrical verse forms. Poets who already produce polished, near-publishable work can make use of The Deep End, a forum tailor-made for metrical poetry gurus thick-skinned enough to deal with intense — but constructive — critique.

Perfect if: You’re an experienced poet eager for gimlet-eyed critique

36. FaithWriters

This online hub for writers of faith operates a Christian Writing Critique Circle. Unlike many groups with more stringent requirements, members only need to submit one critique for every piece of writing they put out for feedback. The FaithWriters moderators occasionally pay professional editors to come in and review pieces that haven’t gotten enough love from members-at-large. So there’s no fear that your work will remain forlorn and ignored.

Writers too pressed for time to offer critiques can pay in cash for the ability to receive feedback. FaithWriters limits submissions to 1,000 words each, and allows every member 4 per month.

Perfect if: You’re a Christian writer who’d appreciate a guarantee of feedback from your critique group

37. Fantasy & Science Fiction Writers in America Facebook Group

This group for serious, craft-focused speculative fiction writers actually welcomes members from all over the world, as long as they write in English. Members post small excerpts from their work for critique, but they also like to swap trade secrets — about both the craft and business sides of writing life.

Because Fantasy & Science Fiction Writers in America welcomes writers of all ages, members need to keep it PG-13. The four admins keep an eye on things to make sure the discussion stays civil and safe for work.

Perfect if: You’re an aspiring sci-fi or fantasy author not interested in smut or gore

38. Fiction Writing Facebook Group

This 90,000-member Facebook group is moderated by a triumvirate of published authors who’ve banded together to create a space where their fellow writers can swap WIPs. The moderators run a tight ship in terms of hate speech, bullying, and spam, and the resulting community is full of serious writers despite its daunting size.

Fiction Writing members can share the occasional bit of verse in the dedicated #poetry thread, but for the most part, the focus is on short stories and novel excerpts. The moderators also make occasional postings drawing the community’s attention to publishing opportunities, usually in the anthology series they help curate.

Perfect if: You want to dive into a community where you won’t be subjected to endless self-promotion or straight-up hate speech

39. Historical Novel Society Manuscript Facebook Group

This closed Facebook group provides dues-paying members of the Historical Novel Society with a private space to get into the weeds of mutual critique. Manuscript Facebook Group members can, of course, post their manuscripts for general review. They can also use the group to find long-term critique partners.

Membership in the Historical Novel Society costs $50 per year and nets you a free subscription to the Historical Novel Review , a listing in the group’s directory, and notification of the many conferences and colloquia it hosts every year. In addition to its manuscript critique group, the HNS also operates a more general Facebook group where members swap research tips and writing inspiration.

Perfect if: You’re serious about bringing the past to life by writing top-notch historical fiction

40. The Internet Writing Workshop

This site aggregates several genre-specific mailing lists that allow writers to submit their own work and critique one another’s. Dedicated lists for short fiction, book-length projects, romance, poetry, and YA ensure almost every author can find a place to get feedback. Another list dedicated to writing exercises encourages members to respond to weekly prompts — and critique each other’s responses.

To remain in good standing as an Internet Writing Workshop member, you’ll have to commit to a minimum participation requirement. But it’s a pretty modest one, coming down to only half an hour a week. The workshop also runs an active writing advice blog that dates back to 2007.

Perfect if: You want a free, email-based workshop with pretty light participation requirements

41. Kingdom Writers

This email-based critique list provides a home on the internet for Christian writers, both published and unpublished. While encouraged to post work explicitly aimed at their faith community, members can also share more secular writings — as long as they’re PG-13. Civility is a must: works criticizing other religions won’t be tolerated.

Thanks to their fellow Kingdom Writers ’ critiques, participants in this online fellowship have managed to publish a number of books, from devotional texts and Bible trivia to romance and historical fiction.

Perfect if: You’re a Christian writer hoping to join a tight-knit community where you won’t encounter anything NSFW

42. Mystery Writers Forum

This forum for latter-day Arthur Conan Doyles has been around since 1997. With nearly one thousand members roaming its 22 discussion boards, it’s nothing short of an institution.

Still, mystery writers of all kinds can patrol the Writing Advice forum in search of genre-savvy critique partners. There’s plenty more to explore. Whether you’re interested in nailing down the elements of a cozy mystery or confused about how courtroom procedure should work in your trial scene, the Mystery Writers Forum will have something to point you in the right direction.

Perfect if: You have some very specific burning questions that only a fellow mystery buff can answer

43. Online Writing Workshop for Science, Fantasy and Horror

This genre writers’ paradise has a modest price for entry. After a month-long free trial, members pay $49 a year for access to the site’s critique group. But the workshop also operates a scholarship fund for writers having trouble making ends meet. Both agents and publishers keep an eye on submissions through free professional memberships, so a discerning, influential eye just might fall on your manuscript.

Submissions are limited to 7,000 words each, and members of the Online Writing Workshop are required to review if they want to be reviewed. Plenty have found success through the workshop, winning Hugos and scoring Big Five contracts.

Perfect if: You don’t mind paying in exchange for access to a genre-savvy community where some agents and publishers tend to lurk

Speaking of scholarships, if you're a student scraping together tuition, why not apply to writing scholarships to supplement your funds?

44. The Poetry Free-for-All

This online workshop encourages poets to work seriously towards the refinement of their craft, by embracing constructive criticism and learning to offer it in turn. As is standard among critique groups, members have to provide 3 reviews for every piece they submit for feedback.

The Poetry Free-for-All is an offshoot of EveryPoet.com, an archive of poetry designed to instill a love of verse in all visitors. Whether your posting your own verse for critique or browsing through the classics — from Chaucer to Edna St. Vincent Millay — you can easily lose a couple of hours on this site.

Perfect if: You’re a poet who’s serious about your craft, but you want a workshop that’s less structured than some of the other options out there

45. Romance Critters Yahoo Group

This 18+ Yahoo group has been helping serious romance writers refine their craft since 1998. They’ll look at squeaky-clean teen romances, bona fide erotica, and anything in between , where’s it’s historical or set in outer space. However, you’ll have to apply to get access to the community.

Romance Critters members submit a chapter at a time for review — and only once they’ve submitted 2 critiques of other pieces. Ten full critiques can also earn you an in-depth beta read.

Perfect if: You want some well-trained eyes on your meet-cutes — or your sex scenes

46. Screech Poetry Magazine

Despite its name, this isn’t so much a publication as an open forum for posting and critiquing poetry. Think of it as a democratic, crowd-sourced compendium of contemporary verse.

Occasional writing contests tempt entrants with the promise of Amazon vouchers. But for the most part, Screech emphasizes open-hearted sharing over competition. The community has a collective soft spot for Japanese verse forms, from the humble haiku to the lesser-known renga. But poetry of all kinds is welcome, from the the kid-friendly to the NSFW.

Perfect if: You like to experiment with Japanese verse forms and want a critique group that takes them seriously

47. Seekerville

In 2004, 15 women writers with big dreams met at the American Christian Fiction Writers annual conference. Seven years later, all 15 of them had snagged book deals. Now, they run the Seekerville blog to pass their tips on to the next generation of Christian authors.

The Seekerville ladies host periodic Open Critique Days, where they offer feedback on short passages posted by their devoted readership. The most recent one yielded 105 comments.

Perfect if: You’re a Christian woman writer wanting mentorship from some warm-hearted authors who’ve been there before

48. SwoonReads

This YA-focused writing community is owned by Macmillan, one of the storied Big Five publishers. Still, its business model is far from traditional. For one thing, it’s also a publishing imprint. Aspiring authors upload unpublished manuscripts for community members to rate and review — all in the interest of helping Macmillan sniff out the next The Fault in Our Stars or To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before .

SwoonReads accepts YA manuscripts of all kinds, from contemporary romance to supernatural horror. Authors chosen for publication receive a $10,000 advance. Those who find their manuscripts passed over are welcome to revise and resubmit.

Perfect if: You’re a YA novelist dreaming of a Big Five book deal

49. Women’s Fiction Writers Association

This professional association caters to writers of women’s fiction — mostly, though not necessarily, women themselves. According to the group’s homepage, the important thing is that members’ work centers on a well-developed character’s transformative emotional journey. Membership costs $48 a year, but gives you access to a number of perks. In addition to an annual retreat and periodic online pitch sessions — where members can, well, pitch potential agents — the Women's Fiction Writers Association runs two critique programs.

The WFWA Critique Forum Facebook Page allows dues-paying members to swap loglines, query letters, and synopses for feedback, or find fellow writers to arrange manuscript swaps. There’s also the WFWA’s Critique Group Matching Service, where organization leaders break match up interested members based on their interests.

Perfect if: You write emotionally intricate, character-driven fiction

Do you have a go-to writing circle for helpful critiques? Tell us about it in the comments below!

5 responses

Robin Gaster says:

11/09/2019 – 16:39

fascinating that you found almost nothing on nonfiction

11/09/2019 – 22:28

A lot of forum and email based groups along with Facebook. If you only have the online ones that actually workshop the manuscript it will drop down to maybe a 16-17. That does include several closed/not for public groups.

Gregory A. De Feo says:

11/09/2019 – 23:26

Did you hear of www.writersvillage.com? What's your opinion of it, if so?

Ned Marcus says:

18/09/2019 – 00:19

Thanks for the list. It looks good. One other point. You don't need to live in a literary hub to find fellow writers—as long as you do live in a city, you'll probably find other writers. Starting your own critique/writers group can be very productive. It's worked very well for me, even though at the beginning I didn't know what I was doing. I asked an experienced writer and workshop regular (from another city), followed the advice, adjusted it, and now I have a great group with really talented writers as members. It took a few years, but it was worth it.

Bev Hanna says:

20/09/2019 – 18:02

Do you know of any critique forums for memoir and autobiography?

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“Getting that first outside perspective on a new project can be a vulnerable experience, but I’m so glad I entrusted my work to Tory. Her feedback was constructive, actionable, and super encouraging. And her ongoing engagement with and support of her clients makes the revision and querying processes so much less lonely than they can otherwise be. Highly recommended!” —Sam Lumley, agented mystery author [ Twitter ]

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Manuscript critiques are my most popular service, and I’ve come to believe it’s because I have an action-oriented approach to feedback. When I identify potential areas for improvement, not only do I explain my concerns, but I offer potential solutions as well. I’ll never try to inject ideas into your story, but I will offer questions to consider, avenues you could decide to take, and examples of how you might approach a revision. My goal is always for the author to walk away inspired and motivated, with a clear plan for revision and an eagerness to query or self-publish.

My manuscript critique comes in the form of a detailed editorial letter discussing big picture concerns including character development, plot, pacing, structure, voice, genre appropriateness, subtext, etc. While I do take the market into consideration when offering feedback, my ultimate goal is to align with the author’s vision. I’m happy to work with experimental authors as well as those who want to hit every plot beat the genre demands.

The critique will also highlight the story’s strengths, because I believe it’s just as important to preserve what’s working as it is to identify and change what isn’t. I believe a proactive, honest, and direct approach is most useful to an author at any stage of development, from beginning to publication.

I include a free query letter critique with a full manuscript critique.


Cost: $15 per 1,000 words

The developmental editing option is a more in depth version of a manuscript critique. It comes with an editorial letter, but I will also annotate the manuscript itself with detailed edit suggestions and commentary.

This includes but is not limited to highlighting slow or weak parts of the story, suggesting material to cut or move, noting awkward transitions or dialogue, addressing plot issues, highlighting inconsistencies, suggesting structural changes, and recommending the types of subtle adjustments that are difficult to characterize but that help align the details of your story with its ultimate aim.

I include a free query letter critique with a full developmental edit.


My query letter critique comes in the form of in-document edit suggestions and feedback inserted as comments using track changes, along with any additional feedback in the accompanying email, with the goal of refining your pitch for clarity, flow, and voice, along with ensuring that it properly introduces your protagonist, showcases your stakes, and offers a compelling hook while striking a balance between concrete and abstract language. You want to give enough details to give a strong sense of your story, but you also want to generate a sense of mystery.

The query critique also comes with a free second pass.


Cost: $50 + $8 per 1,000 words of manuscript (up to 10K words)

My Query Package includes a query letter critique along with an editorial assessment of your opening pages in the form of a written manuscript critique, with a focus on character development, plot, pacing, structure, voice, genre appropriateness, and what you can do to increase your chances of hooking an agent.

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Honesty is the best policy, and we are not afraid to tell the truth. This is what we believe every writer needs. We believe a good critique has three things; it lists the good and bad, it covers a broad range of aspects, and it references specific parts of your manuscript. We look at the overall concept of the book, how well the idea is executed, character development, prose, and much more.

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When you submit your manuscript for a critique, in return you’ll receive:

An Instructional Letter

A personalized, two-page analysis of your manuscript with detailed recommendations for how to improve your story, plus guidance on your next revision.

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An Annotated Critique

Using Word Track Changes, your critiquer marks their  edits in the margins of your manuscript — to demonstrate what’s working and what needs revising. 

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Navigating today’s publishing market can be daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone!  Give your story a fighting chance to stand out among hundreds of other submissions agents receive. 

With our Critique Service , you can be confident your manuscript is in the hands of someone who understands the industry, from years of experience submitting their own stories and editing others’ for publication. Your critiquer knows what agents are looking for .  

Whether you’re writing a picture book, short story, magazine article, or the first pages of a novel, we have the critique option for you. We accept most genres and word counts — from fiction Sci-Fi or Romance to nonfiction History or Science, from 1,000 words to 115,000 words.

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These services are suitable for writers requiring detailed, honest feedback on their work, whether it’s a complete short story, a chapter or section of a novel, or a complete manuscript. For details, scroll down past the testimonials.

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Critique: short stories/single chapters.

For a full written report (2-3 pages) with comments and suggestions for development – stories or extracts of up to 4000 words: £150.00, stories or extracts of up to 8000 words: £220.00. Longer pieces by arrangement. I will submit my report by an agreed deadline, usually a maximum of two weeks.

Online consultation

My written report is usually fully comprehensive, but if anything is unclear, I’m happy to clarify by email. However, if you’d like  to discuss your work In more detail – maybe where you go from here etc, I offer a 40-minute Zoom consultation at a cost of £50. This applies to critiques on short stories and novel extracts up to 60,000 words.  For complete or partial novel manuscripts of 60,000 words or more (see price list below),  there is no extra charge for the online consultation.


Appraisal includes a detailed written report. For a full-length manuscript, this is usually at least 6 pages, often longer. Initially, please send an email or brief letter, telling me a little about you and your writing, plus a detailed outline or synopsis, and a sample of your work (around 15-20 double line-spaced pages would be fine). This will enable me to decide whether I am able to take on the work. There is no charge for this initial reading. If I am able to work with the manuscript, I will then contact you and ask you send the full manuscript. Please see submission guidelines below.

Up to 20,000 words – £330

Up to 40,000 words – £540

Up to 60,000 words – £630

Full novel (up to 80,000 words) £720

For manuscripsts of more than 80,000 words, please add £10.00 for each further 1,000 words

Payment on submission

*15% discount on a re-read and report on your redrafted version

Initially, please get in touch via the contact page to arrange submission.


Please submit work By email. The ms should be laid out as follows: double line spaced, with 12pt font (Arial or Times New Roman). Please don’t forget to number pages!  The turnaround time for a full-length manuscript is usually around four to six weeks. Please provide a brief commentary / statement of aims with your work. It may help to think about questions such as: What do you want your reader to take away from this story/chapter? What emotions do you want him or her to feel? How do you want your reader to respond to certain characters? Are you trying to create a particular atmosphere in the piece? Which areas do you feel need particular attention? The purpose of the commentary is so that I can see what you’re trying to achieve, and comment on how well you’re achieving it. It’s important for a writer to be analytical, to be aware of the process  of writing – we all produce the odd masterpiece now and again, but if we don’t know how we did it, we won’t know how to do it again! If you’re submitting part of a novel, please include a brief outline or synopsis (I won’t comment on this, it’s just so that I can put the piece in context.) If the section is anything other than the opening, I’ll also need brief summaries of preceding chapters.

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‘Getting a critique from Susan has been one of the best investments I’ve made in my writing. As well as being a talented author and tutor, she’s an exceptional reader. I felt she really understood my story. At a point where it was impossible for me to have any critical distance from my manuscript, her feedback was clear and insightful, her comments were thoughtful and generous, and her advice astute. I’d thoroughly recommend Susan to anybody who wants to get their novel into the best possible shape prior to submission.’ Emily Coleman May2022     

‘I just wanted to thank you so much for your feedback (both the notes and the zoom session). It was all so helpful, constructive and motivating. I feel that although I still have lots of work to do, I am heading the right direction and know what I need to do next. After being quite nervous before the session, I now feel very, very positive and encouraged – and I thank you so much for this.’ Stephanie Griffin  April 2022

“Susan’s critique, as well as helping me keep my prose sharp and concise, also made me consider my character’s motivations and choices from new angles, and pushed my writing on to the next level. It has given me a real boost as I continue on my writing journey.” Peter McSweeney  July 2021

‘I’m back on track with my novel thanks to Susan’s critique service. Her report, along with her annotations on my manuscript, are incredibly helpful. I can see clearly now what I need to do to get my novel much closer to how I want it to be. Susan’s detailed and insightful comments have taken me from being stuck to steaming ahead with my editing.’ Jean Davison December 2020

“I contacted Susan upon a friend’s recommendation. I’d reached an impasse with a novel that had been lying in my desk drawer for far too long with no hope of ever being finished. Over coffee in a local café, Susan was able to point me in the right direction with sound, practical advice and much-needed encouragement. Firstly, she asked me to pinpoint what, essentially, the book was about. It may sound strange, but this proved harder than I would have imagined. However, talking things through with her gave me a clearer way forward, together with a possible resolution. It was, to coin a cliché, a eureka moment. Susan is very professional, yet she’s also very kind and I felt completely at ease talking to her. Her feedback is entirely constructive, and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a thorough, honest critique of their work.” Lynne Colgrave.

I found Susan’s critique service to be professional, honest and insightful. I had been working on my short story for quite some time and as I neared the end I found that having been absorbed in it for so long I had lost the ability to step back and look at it with fresh eyes. Susan really picked up on what I had been trying to achieve with my story and the direction in which I wanted to take it. She was highly encouraging, even whilst pointing out any flaws that she had found and she shared her own ideas on how my story could be improved. I left our meeting with a renewed sense of optimism. I learned so much from Susan during our meeting and I appreciate the time and attention she gave to my work. I would highly recommend Susan to anyone looking for genuine, constructive and informative feedback.  Emma Barrett

“My current novel has had quite a few “near misses” with literary agents but for the life of me I couldn’t pin down what was stopping them making the final commitment to me and the book.

There comes a point when most novels benefit from a fresh eye. We become too close to our stories and characters and all too often can’t see what might be perfectly clear to an objective reader. I turned to Susan Elliot Wright, who is a successful novelist and a respected tutor. She read my troublesome book and came up with wonderfully insightful and useful observations and suggestions. She is always honest, she is kind, she is clever. With her report sitting next to me, at last I feel able to turn this book into the one I wanted to write and the one literary agents and publishers want to read. Thank you Susan, for your time and expertise and also your tremendous support.” Annie McKie

“Susan is a truly inspirational critic for the creative writer. She is thorough and efficient with her response, so I wasn’t left chomping at the bit worrying what she thought of my material. We had an indepth meeting to discuss the critique, and without fail Susan was on the button where things didn’t quite work. She then explained in a positive manner how they might be improved. I left the meeting full of enthusiasm and determination to reach my goal.” Pamela Jackson

“Susan’s constructive and positive feedback was exactly what I needed. I can see where changes need to be made, and feel confident and motivated to continue with my novel.” Molly Clarke

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Lisa Wheeler

Author of books for young children.

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Picture Book Critique Service

Picture books look deceptively easy. But writing a well-crafted, entertaining, and marketable story in 1000 words or less takes skill and practice. If you are struggling with your picture book manuscript let me help.

Here is what you can expect:

★   I will look at the Big Picture to determine if the plot is working.

★   I will do a line-by-line critique, which includes suggested cuts and comments.

★   I will point out the strengths of the manuscript as well as concerns.

You will receive a one-page written critique as well as your marked-up manuscript in a timely manner. I will answer any follow-up questions you may have about the critique.

Here are my qualifications:

★  Over 45 children’s books with well-respected national publishers.

★  Critiques for SCBWI members in over 10 states and at the National conference.

★   I have taught picture book workshops to hundreds of people.

★  I have been a professional children’s writer for over 20 years.

Here are the fees and fine points:

Fee: $150 for a picture book manuscript 1000 words or less.

If you would like a second look after you’ve revised according to my critique: $75

Email me first to check availability.

Send manuscript as Word attachment with the word

CRITIQUE/YOUR NAME in the subject line To:  [email protected]


Lisa gives my work the same careful attention to detail that she gives her own.  With every critique, she teaches what makes a manuscript strong enough to shine, challenging the writer to steadily improve. Lisa's honesty and sense of humor have guided me through many revisions along the road to sales that she celebrated along with me. I'll stop now, before she gets a big head.

--Jessica Swaim, author of The Hound From The Pound and other silly rhyming books, Colorado 

Lisa’s critique was a win-win situation-for my story and my confidence as a picture book writer. Her suggestions tightened and polished my manuscript. She is professional, knowledgeable and wants to help other writers succeed.--Donna Merogi, Michigan

If you want to be the best, you surround yourself with the best, and my critique from Lisa was exactly that!  I have been a picture book writer for almost five years, a rhyme loving soul to the core. I decided I wanted to learn to write prose, not just any prose but great prose, to tell a story that will engage my readers. Lisa's critique was insightful, thoughtful, prompt, and thought provoking.  She made perfect sense in her feedback,  and Lisa helped me to make my story better.

--Brenda Reeves, Maine

The thorough critique process Lisa used, broke down all of the elements and different problems of the manuscript, into simple form. I was able to revise my book with a new light and I am confident that it is strong and publishable now. Lisa goes "above and beyond"  with her critique duties, because she loves her job and she truly cares about helping other aspiring writers. I will use the knowledge I learned from her to help others as well.

--Susi Walter, Michigan


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It’s too early to know the full story behind the mass shooting at yesterday’s Super Bowl parade in Kansas City, but for the back story — the broader context of America’s love affair with guns and the resulting steady drumbeat of horrific incidents — you might look to two of our recommended books this week: Dominic Erdozain’s “One Nation Under Guns” and Jonathan M. Metzl’s “What We’ve Become,” which take cleareyed but different approaches to the country’s gun culture and its intractable challenges.

Also up this week, we recommend a couple of big biographies, of the choreographer Martha Graham and the Marxist revolutionary Frantz Fanon, along with a memoir of undocumented immigration and a true-crime history about a 1931 murder that exposed a network of political corruption. In poetry, we recommend Mary Jo Bang’s latest collection, and in fiction we like new novels by Paul Theroux and the British writer Dolly Alderton. Happy reading. — Gregory Cowles

ONE NATION UNDER GUNS: How Gun Culture Distorts Our History and Threatens Our Democracy Dominic Erdozain

This galvanizing polemic by a historian appalled at American gun violence scrutinizes the historical record to show where contemporary interpretations of the Second Amendment have departed from the framers’ apparent intentions, with disastrous results.

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“Considers guns from cultural, legal and historical perspectives. ... So comprehensive and assured that the moment I finished it, I immediately went back to the beginning and read it again.”

From Rachel Louise Snyder’s review

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WHAT WE’VE BECOME: Living and Dying in a Country of Arms Jonathan M. Metzl

Homing in on a mass shooting at a Nashville Waffle House in 2018, Metzl, a psychiatrist and sociologist, argues that America’s gun violence epidemic requires us to address racial and political tensions deeply embedded in our history.

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“Casts a wide net. ... How, he asks, have public health experts failed to effect changes in policy, given their thousands of studies devoted to the myriad ways firearms increase risk and danger?”

Norton | $29.99

THE REBEL’S CLINIC: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon Adam Shatz

This absorbing biography of the Black psychiatrist, writer and revolutionary Frantz Fanon highlights a side of him that’s often eclipsed by his image as a zealous partisan — that of the caring doctor, who ran a secret clinic for Algerian rebels.

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“Part of what gives ‘The Rebel’s Clinic’ its intellectual heft is Shatz’s willingness to write into such tensions…. Portrays a man whose penchant for ‘rhetorical extremity’ could obscure how horrified he was by the brutality he had seen.”

From Jennifer Szalai’s review

Farrar, Straus & Giroux | $32

GOOD MATERIAL Dolly Alderton

Alderton’s novel, about a 35-year-old struggling to make sense of a breakup, delivers the most delightful aspects of romantic comedy — snappy dialogue, realistic relationship dynamics, funny meet-cutes and misunderstandings — and leaves behind clichéd gender roles and the traditional marriage plot.

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“Alderton excels at portraying nonromantic intimate relationships with tenderness and authenticity.”

From Katie J.M. Baker review

Knopf | $28

ERRAND INTO THE MAZE: The Life and Works of Martha Graham Deborah Jowitt

In the hands of a veteran dance critic, this rigorous biography excels at describing the flamboyant choreographer’s work and distinct style. About the messy life between performances, Jowitt is comparatively mild.

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“A study in balance and grace. ... A distinguished biography: its description rich, its author’s rigor unquestionable.”

From Alexandra Jacobs’s review

Farrar, Straus & Giroux | $35

THE BISHOP AND THE BUTTERFLY: Murder, Politics and the End of the Jazz Age Michael Wolraich

The 1931 murder of “Broadway Butterfly” Vivian Gordon exposed an explosive story of graft, corruption and entrapment that went all the way to the top of the state. Wolraich brings a journalist’s eye and a novelist’s elegance to this story of Jazz Age New York.

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“A disquieting reminder of how tragedy can be used to effect change, but also how it is often leveraged for advancement.”

From Lesley M.M. Blume’s review

Union Square | $28.99

MY SIDE OF THE RIVER: A Memoir Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez

When Gutierrez was 4, her parents moved the family from Mexico to Arizona in hopes of giving their children better opportunities than they would have had in their “violent little narco town.” In this moving, timely memoir, she considers the ripple effects of that decision.

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“A testament to the abiding allure — and often daunting reality — of the American dream.”

From Julia Scheeres’s review

St. Martin’s | $29

BURMA SAHIB Paul Theroux

This novel explores George Orwell’s years in colonial Burma, where he trained and worked as a police officer in the 1920s. Theroux’s Orwell is uneasy about his job and repelled by the British ruling class. But these experiences, the book suggests, made Orwell into the sharp thinker he became.

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“The Burma that he conjures in these pages is wonderfully present in lush and dense prose. ... Theroux is now in his early 80s and this novel is one of his finest, in a long and redoubtable oeuvre.”

From William Boyd’s review

Mariner | $30


The poems in Bang’s latest collection, her ninth, are full of pleasure, color, sound and light — but also torment.

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“The work of miniaturizing a life is painstaking, and Bang’s poems have a characteristic clockwork precision — they tick and spin like mechanical music boxes.”

From Elisa Gabbert’s poetry column

Graywolf | Paperback, $17

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In October 2026, Microsoft Publisher will reach its end of life. After that time, it will no longer be included in Microsoft 365 and existing on-premises suites will no longer be supported. Until then, support for Publisher will continue and users can expect the same experience as today. 

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