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Want Emmie To Critique Your Manuscript?

Hello, gentle viewers!

I’ve decided to offer critique services for the summer. From now through September (possibly beyond, depending on my schedule), I’ll be available to critique short stories, partial manuscripts, and full manuscripts. I’ve done a lot of critiquing and beta reading for friends and acquaintances in the past, and I have a great eye for structure, characterization, and pacing as well as myriad other elements of fiction. If you’re stuck on your manuscript or just want extra eyes on it, I can help you whip it into shape and get it to sing you songs. Or do the dance of joy, if you prefer.*

I’m more than happy to read all sorts of genres. If you need references, I can send you to chat with people I’ve done critiques for in the past. Rates are below!

  • First ten pages: $30
  • First 50 pages: $110
  • Partial manuscript (100-200 pages): $2 per page
  • Full manuscript (200+ pages): $1.75 per page
  • Short story rate will be on a case by case basis depending on length

Page rates will be calculated based on the work being in typical manuscript format (double spaced, 1 inch margins, etc.). My turnaround time will be between 72 hours and two weeks, depending on the length of the work.

My basic critique will consist of:

  • Structural analysis
  • Pacing
  • Characterization
  • World-building
  • Cohesion of story elements (dialogue, backstory, internalizations, setting, emotion, etc.)

I will both write out a letter with the major points addressed AND use Track Changes in your document to leave comments throughout the work. Additionally, I’m happy to meet with you via Skype or Google Hangouts for 30 minutes to discuss my notes with you in more detail.

Payment will be accepted through PayPal. Payment is due before I start to work on your critique. I focus on constructive comments and will never tell you that something is “wrong” with your work. If I feel something isn’t working, I will always give you a way to improve it or shift it so that your words and your intent for your story have the chance to shine. While a critique isn’t the same as a line edit or a copy edit, I’ll try to also note any typos or grammar errors as I go, mostly because I’m incapable of ignoring them. My OCD is your bonus gift with purchase.

If you have any questions, please address them to emmie at emmiemears.com or click over to my contact form and drop me a line. Ready to sign up? Email me the following info:

  • Your name (Author McWriterson)
  • Your manuscript’s category and genre (Adult Urban Merpeople in Swamp Fantasy or YA Sea Urchin Sci-Fi)
  • Word count and page count of your manuscript (81,000 words, 392 pages)
  • Any specific issues you want me to look for (I overuse the word “effulgent” or my secondary characters feel flatter than Nebraska)

After I receive your information, I’ll reply with payment instructions. As soon as I get the payment, I’ll send you an estimated completion date, and you can sit back and drink a mimosa while I get to work!

I’d greatly appreciate any shares/RTs of this post! Thank you all for coming by!

Below is a testimonial for your reading pleasure.

Emmie Mears provides the most detailed and insightful critiques. Her notes and observations helped me focus my editing process when I was bogged down in an endless cycle of drafts and revisions. A more well-read and perceptive critic for your manuscript would be hard to find. -Testimonial from Eleni Sakellis


*I’m not magical, and even though I have Hermione’s wand, it doesn’t work for me. Chances of an actual manuscript singing and/or dancing post-critique are slim to none.

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Author | Emmie Comments | 7 Date | June 25, 2013


Kourtney Heintz

Emmie, your prices sound very reasonable. I’ll definitely keep you in mind for my future manuscripts. πŸ™‚

July 2, 2013 | 12:20 pm


    Aw, thanks! πŸ™‚

    July 2, 2013 | 12:51 pm

Andi-Roo (@theworld4realz)

“Author McWriterson”… *snicker*… cracked me up. That, and the fact that your OCD is a gift for your customers. You are awesome, and when I reach a good half-way point in my ms I’ll definitely be throwing my work at you. Till then, I’ll be sure to spread the word via Twitter. Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

July 6, 2013 | 10:40 pm


    Paha, glad you enjoyed it! I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

    July 6, 2013 | 11:07 pm

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