Options for Manuscript Feedback

Since 2018, Michael has provided editorial support on over two dozen novellas-in-flash across a variety of leading publishers, including several manuscripts that have either won awards or been listed in competitions.

If you’ve already written (or started) a novella-in-flash, you could obtain feedback without undertaking Michael’s Incubator course.

Michael’s editing rates are £38 per hour for final copy editing of manuscripts prior to publication (usually approx. £180 for 5,000 words), or as follows for developmental feedback:

“Development & Work-in-Progress”– you’ve cobbled together the beginnings of a first draft but you don’t know what to do next! Maybe your gut is telling you you have too many disparate, disconnected scenes, too many characters, there’s no “thread” suggested across the whole, or you don’t know where to take the overall story? Maybe you’re feeling confused about point of view, or the chronology or structure?

£99 per 4,000 words (or £200 for 10,000 words) for a 1-hr exploratory discussion by Skype/Zoom/telephone, and an action plan for moving forwards.

“Digging Deeper”: you feel like your novella-in-flash is nearly there but want to go deeper with your manuscript. You want to understand the characters better and depict them with more insight, or you want to tease out themes a bit more clearly, or get more impact from the individual story situations. Maybe this manuscript felt ready to submit to a competition but didn’t get chosen for publication, maybe it’s received a rejection from a publisher, or maybe your available beta readers have offered suggestions that leave you uncertain. Or maybe it hasn’t been submitted anywhere yet, because you want to fine-tune the manuscript first so it’s hard for any publisher to turn down.

£120 (per 5,000 words) for 2-3 pages of developmental manuscript assessment, sent by email.
£150 (per 5,000 words) for 6-10 pages of developmental manuscript assessment.

+£70 to £90 (per 5,000 words) for line by line edits in addition to manuscript assessment. (Price confirmed after reading a sample of the manuscript.) Copy editing highlights possibilities for making the language in your manuscript more vivid, accomplished, and assured, so that you can submit your manuscript with more confidence.  

Please send your enquiry (giving brief details of the project, including word count, and stating which type of help you are looking for), via this Contact Form: