Manuscript Critique Service

My manuscript critique service will give you clear and constructive feedback on every single aspect of your book. The goal is to help make your book as successful as possible.

Welcome to my website. My name is Michael Pilgrim. I am a British editor who is comfortable with British or American English.

 

Your Manuscript Critique Includes:

  • Analysis of all elements of your work, including: characters, structure, plot, point of view, pacing, dialogue and description.
  • A review and score of each individual chapter.
  • A review and score of each individual character.
  • Notes and highlights on your manuscript document showing you precisely where needs attention.
  • An easy-to-follow separate report covering every single aspect of novel writing with explanations and actionable suggestions.

 

Benefits of the Manuscript Critique

  • Affordable. The critique covers all aspects of the different types of editing.
  • Guidance from a professional editor with over 10 years’ experience.
  • Comprehensive. I cover absolutely everything – the report is often over 30 pages long.
  • Easy to follow suggestions on exactly how to improve.
  • And pin-point accuracy of exactly where to improve it. I don’t just offer broad comments, I mark on your manuscript precisely where to look at.

Some of Our Favourite Recent Authors

I asked Michael to critique my latest novel before I sent it to my beta readers.

In brief, he helped me write a better book. 

Kerry J Donovan (Best Selling Author) – Ryan Kaine: On The Rocks

I could not be happier with the assistance I received from Michael. The editing service he offered was exceptional from start to finish.

Max Delaney (Debut Author) – Trust Danny James

Michael Pilgrim’s edit helped me clean my horrible grammar and catch a few places where my words lacked good common sense. I recommend Michael Pilgrim’s edit.

Victoria Pinder (USA Today Best Selling Author) – Favorite Coffee, Favorite Scandal

He has a laser-eye ability to spot errors, allowing me to feel more confident that my finished novel has a professional polish.

Abby Goldsmith – City of Slaves (Torth Book 1)

About Your Report

When conducting your manuscript critique I comment on your manuscript, I use a color coding system to highlight areas that need attention and I also provide a separate, in-depth report. I try and cover absolutely everything. If you want detailed feedback about your work with easy-to-follow suggestions and advice, the critique will be incredibly useful for you.

 

Some Examples

Here’s some examples so you can see what to expect from the manuscript critique. (Click on the images to open them).

Price Options

Manuscript

Critique

0.7c

Per Word

First Impressions of Your Title, Opening Line, First 100 Words and First 2 Pages.

Full Story Structure Analysis

Looking at all your major plot points. 

Feedback on Each Chapter.

Chapter Ratings. A score out of 10 for each chapter.

Character Notes. All major characters included and any areas to improve for each.  

In-Line Notes on your manuscript.

Color Coding System. Any areas that need attention are highlighted in specific colors relating to the issue. 

Covers Everything. Feedback provided on all areas of the different types of editing.  

Full Report. Comprehensive report covering all aspects of your book.

Follow Up Questions. If you're not sure of any part of the critique we're just an email away. 

Money Back Guarantee. If you're not completely satisfied we'll refund your entire fee. 

Manuscript

Critique

Plus

0.9c

Per Word

First Impressions of Your Title, Opening Line, First 100 Words and First 2 Pages.

Full Story Structure Analysis

Looking at all your major plot points. 

Feedback on Each Chapter.

Chapter Ratings. A score out of 10 for each chapter.

Character Notes. All major characters included and any areas to improve for each.  

In-Line Notes on your manuscript.

Color Coding System. Any areas that need attention are highlighted in specific colors relating to the issue. 

Covers Everything. Feedback provided on all areas of the different types of editing.  

Full Report. Comprehensive report covering all aspects of your book.

Follow Up Questions. If you're not sure of any part of the critique we're just an email away. 

Cover Analysis. Feedback on your cover design, focusing on marketability and genre relevance. 

Blurb Analysis. Feedback given on your blurb and suggestions for improvement.

Front Matter Analysis. Includes: Copyright, About the Author, Table of Contents, Thanks To.

Back Matter Analysis. Covers: Review Request, Mailing List Sign Up, Sneak Peak, Author Note. 

Money Back Guarantee. If you're not completely satisfied we'll refund your entire fee. 

Manuscript

Critique

Delux


1.5c

Per Word

First Impressions of Your Title, Opening Line, First 100 Words and First 2 Pages.

Full Story Structure Analysis

Looking at all your major plot points. 

Feedback on Each Chapter.

Chapter Ratings. A score out of 10 for each chapter.

Character Notes. All major characters included and any areas to improve for each.  

In-Line Notes on your manuscript.

Color Coding System. Any areas that need attention are highlighted in specific colors relating to the issue. 

Covers Everything. Feedback provided on all areas of the different types of editing.  

Full Report. Comprehensive report covering all aspects of your book.

Follow Up Questions. If you're not sure of any part of the critique we're just an email away. 

Cover Analysis. Feedback on your cover design, focusing on marketability and genre relevance. 

Blurb Analysis. Feedback given on your blurb and suggestions for improvement.

Front Matter Analysis. Includes: Copyright, About the Author, Table of Contents, Thanks To.

Back Matter Analysis. Covers: Review Request, Mailing List Sign Up, Sneak Peak, Author Note. 

Copy Edit Included. Once you've gone through all the suggestions from the critique, send it back to us for a complete copy edit before pulication. 

Money Back Guarantee. If you're not completely satisfied we'll refund your entire fee. 

Payment

I ask for 50% of the fee upfront with the remainder due on completion. You can pay by PayPal, debit or credit card or by bank transfer (UK account).

Bookings

Bookings are taken in advance. Please contact me for my next available time slot / availability. The critique will be complete within 2 to 3 weeks of your booking date and I’ll give you a fixed date for completion.

Some More of Our Favourite Recent Authors

I was blown away with his assessment and feedback. He rocked it! It was a pleasure working with him and I plan to work with him again very soon.

Kristen Echo (Romance Author) – Holiday Face-Off

Michael Pilgrim has been a great help to my work from the very start. Supportive, communicative, responsive and he’s usually right too.

Martin Freznell – Not Exactly Shakespeare

He was fast, accurate, insightful, and honest. He polished my manuscript with skillful suggestions about phrasing and repeated words…

Bridgette Booth (Children’s Author) – The Cowboy’s Golden Cup

What I got was an extremely detailed breakdown of what was and wasn’t working at a fundamental level.

Craig Anderson (Author) – Trojan

Oh. And one more thing.

I hope you’ll be delighted with my services but just in case you’re not, I offer a…

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*I’m serious. If you aren’t completely satisfied with the manuscript critique, I’ll refund your entire fee.

Interested?

Let's Talk About Your Book

For more information or to talk to me about anything else please message me here. Or you can email me: michael@helpingauthorssucceed.com. I usually respond quickly.

You can also attach a sample of around 1000 words if you like. The free sample critique usually takes 2 or 3 days.


I look forward to hearing from you.

Michael