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What are you writing?

Novels
Short Stories
Writing for children

 

Submit your work

Please use our submission form to submit manuscripts for critique or editing. Access the form here or from How to Submit.

Once you’ve completed the form, click on submit. You’re then asked to attach your work to another email. Easy!

Payment

We then request payment, usually within 24 hours.
You can choose to pay us directly by bank transfer, or via PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account. If you’d rather post a cheque, that’s fine. The submission form gives you this option.

Discount

5% discount on critiques
and 5% discount on editing
for all customers returning
within 6 months

Timescale

We aim to return critiques and edits of work under 15,000 words within 3 weeks.

Or by post

If you’d rather submit your work by post, please see postal submissions.

“ I am really grateful (and pleased!) with both appraisals and feel I have more than had my money's worth. Both reviewers have taken the time to thoroughly read my novel extract and comment on several areas, not just one or two, that either impressed them or they felt could be tweaked. I'm very, very happy and will definitely be recommending Fiction Feedback to my writer friends” ~ RB

FAQ

Critiques, reviews, checklists, editing and proofing – what’s it all about? Find the answers here, or contact us.

I notice sometimes you use the word review, sometimes appraisal and sometimes critique. Are they the same thing?
Yes. People look for different terms, that’s all, but here at Fiction Feedback it means the same thing; the written critique(s) of your writing we provide.

Is your service confidential?
Totally. Our reviewers and admin staff undertake to keep your work private. Neither your work nor any of your details are shared with any third party. After we have sent you your review(s), your manuscript file is deleted. Copyright at all times remains with you, the writer.

Do you write comments on the manuscript? or make alterations?
No. Within the review service, we make no annotation or alteration to your manuscript whatsoever. That’s why, if you prefer to send it as a PDF file (read-only) rather than a Word document, it’s fine by us.

If I make any changes you might suggest, will this improve my chances of acceptance with an agent or publisher?
Almost certainly. It always helps to have other, informed opinion on your writing and often an objective eye can pick up flaws you’re unable to spot for yourself. Professionals who are used to reading, editing and reviewing fiction can identify areas where you can improve and suggest how.

Do you critique and edit any kind of novel?
Almost. Contemporary, crime, fantasy, humour, horror, romance, erotica and chick-lit are all fine. So are novels written for young adults. We also critique and edit memoirs and biographies and other narrative non-fiction.

We do not critique: – Harlequin Mills & Boon or other fiction written to strict guidelines.

Do you review short stories?
Yes. Go to the Stories page for more details.

Do you review scripts for stage, radio, TV and film?
No. However, we have heard good things about the services of Script Angel – please visit www.scriptangel.co.uk

What about children’s writing?
Yes, including picture books. See the dedicated page for details

How do I submit my writing for review?
In a nutshell, you complete and submit our Submission Form, accessed from the left hand panel or How to Submit. That promots you to send a separate email with the work attached. We email you (usually within 24 hours) to request payment, either electronically by direct bank transfer or via PayPal where you can use a credit or debit card. Or you can pay by cheque through the post. Full details are in How to Submit.

If I get a good critique, will I definitely be published?
No, sorry. No one can guarantee that. But knowing that objective editors have shown you how to improve your work will give you confidence when you approach publishers and agents with your new draft.

Can you recommend my work to a literary agent or publisher?
Maybe. We have established certain links which might work to the benefit of customers with outstanding submissions in particular areas, and some of our editors are themselves agents and publishers. No promises, though. But do remember, in your own approach to agents or publishers you might want to say that you’ve had your writing independently assessed, as it shows you’re taking a professional approach to your writing.

Can I stipulate which reviewer reads my work?
In a word, no, as reviews are written anonymously. However, we do our best to match up the kind of novel you’ve written with reviewers who particularly read that genre. There’s a space on the Submission Form for you to indicate which genre your novel falls into, if any.

May I send my writing to you in the post?
We charge a little extra if you wish to send your typed manuscript by post, and the reviewing service will necessarily take longer. If you opt for this service, please, keep a copy! We cannot guarantee your manuscript’s safe return although of course we do our best. Follow this link for full details.

What if the novel extract I want to send falls between your word count price stages? For instance, my extract is 30,000 words.
You always need to use the higher word count price. So for 30,000 words the price you need is that for work under 40,000 words. We have chosen these stages for good reasons; 15,000 words is usually the maximum that agents ask for; 40,000 words might be a complete children’s novel or a novella; 80,000 is the usual minimum for an adult novel and 120,000 words the usual maximum.

What if my novel extract is under 5,000 words?

Then it falls within the pricing structure for a Short Story of over 2,000 words.

Do you offer an editing service?
Yes, we offer a highly regarded structural and copy-editing service. For full details, see Editing

We offer editing as a stand-alone service; you do not need to use our critique service first. However, if having done so you return to us within six months you benefit from a discount on proofing and editing.

Can I speak to my reviewer(s) or editor?
No, sorry, this is not a part of our service. It’s important our reviewers judge your writing exclusively on its own merit, just as a publisher or agent would.

My manuscript is handwritten. Can I still send it for review?
I’m afraid not. Agents and publishers strongly discourage handwritten scripts and we must do the same. We always recommend you get your manuscript typed before sending it to an agent or publisher as many no longer accept handwritten manuscripts.

I am not writing in the UK. Can I still submit my work for review?
Yes. Providing the work is in English, that’s fine. If you need work translating, we recommend you approach the Society of Authors for referrals. Your payment will automatically be made in £sterling.

My question isn’t answered here. What do I do?
Email us!