Manuscript Critique

You finally started working on that novel* you've always wanted to write. Now you're reading through your manuscript and wondering if it's any good—or as good as it can be. Now what?If you just want someone who will tell you what a wonderful job you've done, you can show it to your mom or your best friend from high school.

But if you're serious about your writing, you don't need opinions, you need a critique—an expert evaluation that tells you what works and what doesn't, and some pointers on ways you can improve your book.

If you have a finished book (or a half-finished manuscript and a complete outline or synopsis), I can provide a thorough critique with expert commentary on the elements of style: point of view, voice, plot, character development, pace, tone, diction…and more. Price includes a sample edit of any 5 pages (your choice).

Fee: Priced according to the number of words you send me:
• Up to 50,000 words = .001 per word
• 50,001 to 100,000 = .002 per word
• 100,001 and over = .003 per word

*I critique non-fiction manuscripts, too. Email for a quote.


MAX GORDON probably wrote and illustrated her first story the day she learned to hold a crayon—and she’s been scribbling ever since. After earning a master’s degree in writing and publishing from USC, she worked in publishing, typesetting, marketing, design, and procrastinating, but has never stopped being a writer. She has one son (the light of her life) and a partner (the soundtrack of her life), and lives contentedly wherever there’s waterfront, WiFi, and great coffee.


Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.

—Sylvia Plath


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