Manuscript Critique Services

Are you an aspiring writer? Or an established self-published writer? Or just a writer in general? Do you need someone to read your manuscript and give you honest, direct feedback? Are you too nervous to give your work to friends? Don’t have any friends who will make the commitment to read your whole manuscript in a reasonable amount of time? Or are they just stroking your ego, telling you everything you write is better than unicorns and starlight?

Then you need me.

I am  now offering professional beta reading/manuscript critique services. I will read your manuscript, in a reasonable amount of time, and give you honest feedback. I will tell you what is working and what isn’t. I will give you reader impression and notes about those impressions. I will even give you suggestions to make your work stronger, tighter and more engaging. I will comment on pacing, characterization, voice and plot. I will spot check for those pesky typos, redundancy, and continuity issues. If there is a stronger way to phrase a sentence, I’ll suggest it.

I warn you, I will not hold back – if there are problems with your manuscript, I will let you know because I believe a good beta reader should be honest with you. In this business, you have to have a thick skin and be ready for rejections. If you can’t handle honest feedback that might not be what you want to hear, then I am  not the reader for you. But hopefully I am.*

What I don’t do: Line editing. Yes, I’ll catch typos for you, but that’s it in the “Line editing” realm. I will not line edit, check for grammar, or any of that hogwash. If it’s something simple, an obvious mistake that I can correct to show you how it should be done, I will. If there is a stronger way to say something, I’ll suggest it. But that is it. If you are lacking an editor (and if you want to self-pub, you MUST use one), I can recommend a couple of amazing editors.

You may request a critique by emailing me at shaunagranger82@gmail.com – please read on for pricing!

Pricing:

1st Chapter critique – $25-45: your first chapter is all important. This is what hooks  a reader or an agent or a publisher – you want to make sure that first chapter is the strongest it can be. Often, any issues in your first chapter can clue you in to similar issues in the rest of the book.

Completed works:

Short Stories (2,000 – 7,500 words) – $50: Expected turn around time 1-3 days depending on the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novelettes (7,501-17,500 words) – $65: Expected turn around time 2-4 days depending on the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novellas (17,501 – 40,000 words) – $75: Expected turn around time 3-5 days depending on the length of novella and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novels 40,500 – 50,000 words – $125-150: Expected turn around time 5-7 days depending on the length of novel and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novels 55,500 – 60,000 words – $175: Expected turn around time 6-9 days depending on the length of novel and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novels 60,500 – 65,000 words – $200: Expected turn around time 7-10 days depending on the length of novel and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novels 65,500 – 70,000 words – $225: Expected turn around time 7-10 days depending on the length of novel and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novels 70,500 – 75,000 words – $250: Expected turn around time 7-10 days depending on the length of novel and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novels 75,500 – 80,000 words – $275: Expected turn around time 7-10 days depending on the length of novel and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novels 80,500 – 85,000 words – $300: Expected turn around time 7-10 days depending on the length of novel and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novels 85,500 – 90,000 words – $325: Expected turn around time 10-12 days depending on the length of novel and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novels 90,000 – 95,000 words – $350: Expected turn around time 10-12 days depending on the length of novel and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novels 95,500 – 100,000 words – $375: Expected turn around time 12-15 days depending on the length of novel and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novels 100,500 – 115,000 – $400: Expected turn around time 12-15 days depending on the length of novel and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Novels 115,500 – 120,000* words – $425: Expected turn around time 12-15 days depending on the length of novel and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

Epic Novels 120,500 – 150,000* – $450-550: Expected turn around time 10-15 days depending on the length of novel and the amount of notes I need to type up for you.

*Please be aware, if you are a debut author, a novel anywhere over 115k words will often result in scaring off an agent or editor, I will be looking for places that need to be cut and/or edited to help you reach that goal. It is very difficult for a first time author to look at their work objectively to find places to take out, I will help you there.

What I need from you: It is best that you send me your MS in a Word Document (sorry, no MAC here!), that way I can use Track Changes to implement my notes and comments and suggested changes. If you are unfamiliar with Track Changes, you should be – Track Changes is FANFREAKINGTASTIC.  With TC it will make it much easier for you to accept or reject any and all changes I suggest – you’ll be able to see what I’ve changed/noted/suggested without actually losing your original work.

Referrals/Qualifications:

California Lutheran University Writing Center Tutor: 2000-2004 – I was a writing tutor for all four years at university – at the time it was unheard of for a Freshman to be offered a position. I read, critiqued, edited and proofed works for Undergrads and Graduate students, ranging from technical papers to creative works.

“It’s always great to get positive praise from your beta readers, but often times what we really need is honest feedback. Shauna Granger is definitely the person to go to if you want an honest critique of your work. She recently read my newest book and she not only gave me dozens of comments and concerns to address, but ways in which I could improve my characters and story. Her feedback was invaluable and it made my story better. “ – Claudia Lefeve

“Shauna not only helped me in a pinch with a short story that was hours away from deadline, she also gave nuanced, pointed feedback about everything from context to word choices, as well as (wisely) cutting things I thought were clever but actually diluted the effect I was trying to create. She did it all in an honest, diplomatic way that helped me improve the story and get it submitted in time.” – David Jón Fuller

There I was – at end of the latest big edit of my first novel – and my word count was still much higher than I needed it to be. I cut, I trimmed and I pruned, but still I could not get my it down to where I needed it. I sent my novel to Shauna with the hope that her editing prowess would be able to help me tame this wild word count. What I received in return did more than fulfilled these hopes – it far exceeded them. Shauna not only provided me with numerous opportunities to trim words here and there, but she gave me recommendations on scenes I could cut and alter to improve the novel’s pacing as well. She also brought to my attention grammatical and formatting issues that I was unaware of and would have detracted the professional quality of my work. Beyond these technical corrections, Shauna also provided me with invaluable insights into my characters and plot. She gave me a much welcome and honest assessment of the characters and their relationships – what worked and what didn’t – all with well thought out reasons and rational. Her recommendations helped me reassess and reevaluate all aspects of my novel to make it a stronger work than it was before. If you are looking for a thoughtful, honest, punctual – and above all else – professional critique of your work, I wholeheartedly endorse the services of Shauna Granger.” – Brian O’Conor

*I reserve the right to reject any critique requests that do not interest me. I will only be accepting manuscripts in genres I find interesting and entertaining. A few reasons for this: 1, You do not want someone who finds your genre boring/uninteresting reading and critiquing it because their view would be skewed; 2, I am not familiar with every single genre, I would not be able to offer you appropriate comments on tropes, pacing, characterization if it’s a genre I am unfamiliar with and you wouldn’t get your money’s worth.

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