Before you consider releasing your manuscript to any publisher for publication, you need to have a professional editor inspect your manuscript. You’ve spent a long time writing your book. Now you want to know if it’s any good.

If your manuscript needs work, you want to know now — before you invest in potentially costly book production. Professional editing will make your book as polished and marketable to your target audience as possible.

Wheatmark’s Reader Report service gives you a professional evaluation of your unpublished manuscript. A senior-level editor reviews your manuscript to assess key areas of your book and to determine the extent of editing needed for your manuscript to meet professional publishing standards.

Reader Report Feedback and Recommendations 

  • Synopsis

    What is the book about?

  • Writing

    How polished is the writing? Does it feel professional or amateurish? How common are clunky sentences that need editing? Do wordy, repetitive sections need trimming? Is the text consistent or contradictory? Does the text contain grammar, typography, and punctuation errors? Is the word usage (clichés, metaphors, idiom) effective or problematic?

  • Voice and Tone

    Is the narrator’s voice authentic, compelling, engaging, irritating? What is the tone of the book (formality, use of first or second person, humor, etc.)? Does the tone fit the piece?

  • Market Viability

    What is the book’s intended readership? What are the chances for successful sales of this book? Does the book fit a popular niche that is not oversaturated? Is there “room” in the market for this book? Is the book’s subject a popular topic that could find ready readers? What other books in the market are similar to this one and are they successful? How would this book stand out in the market? Does the overall idea seem different and unique?

  • Author’s Platform and Presence

    What is the author’s platform? If nonfiction, does the author have a great deal of visibility and credibility in the market (TV, radio, speaking engagements, membership in organizations, etc.)? Has the author been previously published? If so, with whom?

Reader Reports include a 10-point scale scoring your manuscript in these areas and conclude with recommended next steps. Reader Reports are ready to review in about two weeks.

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