Have you ever wondered how best-selling authors can churn out a book or two each year?
How do other authors continue to hit “home-runs” with each new title?
How can you have the same success?
The answer is a Manuscript Overview of your book; helpful story notes from our Chanticleer editors that will give you the pointers you need to hit it out of the park.
The power of a manuscript overview makes it one of the best tools that traditional publishing houses and literary agents make available to their authors. Best-selling authors receive great editing and feedback from agents and senior editors on early drafts, which most self-publishing authors never receive. When feedback comes early in a work’s progress it allows the author to, not only create a more polished final product but also publish more works.
Testimonial from Fantasy Author
I have spent a good amount of time reading over both the praise and the incredibly helpful, respectful criticisms in the attached overview, and I would like to express my immense gratitude to the reviewer; never before have I received such honest, understandable, and spot-on feedback for anything I’ve created. Not in college, not from my friends or family, or anywhere. The language used and suggestions given were well-organized and precise, direct and knowledgeable, and as a result of your hard work, I feel this product can truly be elevated from good to excellent, maybe even to the point of helping shape and influence the interactive fiction market as a whole! (A writer can dream.)
Worth every penny I paid, this manuscript overview validates my fledgling career as a writer. I am truly on cloud nine, and look forward to doing business with Chanticleer again in the future. And if any fellow writers are looking for similar help, I will send them to you.
-Thank you, thank you, thank you! – Dan H.
The Editing Process:
When working with an agent or publishers, the author works on a rough draft – the early drafts of a novel. He creates the theme, the characters, the setting, the tone, the story, the plot lines, the dialog style, and selects the genre and has an audience in mind (YA or mystery fans, fantasy or Science Fiction readers, etc.). After the author creates the story with a beginning, middle, and end, he then sends this early unedited draft of the story to his editor or agent to read and to get feedback.
Thank you for the manuscript overview. It is so very helpful and so much more than I hoped for! In-depth and insightful, it has given me a lot to think about and plenty of work to do. I will certainly look to you for services as I need them in the future and have already recommended you to another author. I’m thrilled with the service I have received! Sincerely, Cynthia S.
To read more about how this process works, we suggest that you click on this Chanticleer link to the Number One Must Have Tools for Authors.
Have you ever wished that someone would give you objective feedback about your manuscript? Or that someone would give you the feedback that will take your work from good to great?
What is a Manuscript Overview
An objective evaluation of a story idea that is fully formed with a beginning, middle, and end, but still in an early draft stage. The MO comes before LINE EDITING and COPY EDITING.
This [manuscript overview] is fantastic! Well worth every penny.
I know that I have a good story in Slow Dancer Affair but, honestly, I was not as excited about this as I was my debut novel (The Monroe Decision). When I read your overview, light bulbs flashed in my head with each section and I have renewed energy for this project. Your [manuscript] review is spot on and I can see that, with a little work, and incorporating many of your suggestions, Slow Dancer can become something special. Thank you, Patrick C.
What is the process: The entire manuscript is read and evaluated by a top editor for the following:
- Does the work have a compelling story?
- Are the subplots fully developed?
- Are the characters engaging? Interesting?
- Are there too many characters?
- Are the characters pathetic, sympathetic, or empathetic?
- Is there inconsistent character development?
- Are there plot holes? Smoking guns?
- Does the story wander?
- Is there “head hopping” or unplanned POV changes?
- Does it take too long to engage the reader?
- Does the story stay within its world construct?
- Does it follow the “laws” of the setting?
- Does the story sag in the middle?
- Is the ending satisfying?
- Does the beginning intrigue?
- Is the dialog appropriate?
- Is there too much backstory? Too many details?
- Does the scenery and setting work with the story?
- and so forth
- Or is it spot on and ready for a Line Edit?
Dear Kathryn, Thanks for much for you kind comments regarding my manuscript. I’m still on cloud nine! I do plan to shop the manuscript to agents, so I would like to have more information regarding a copy edit. Again, thank you for your help and encouragement. Sincerely, Jean R.