How is your novel going? Would you like some
analysis or feedback early on? Or would you prefer critique
once the novel’s finished?
Either way, we can help.
We look at your novel and analyse plot development and
characterisation as well as use of
language and style. We spot flaws such as switching points
of view, stilted dialogue or inconsistent tenses and we
highlight strengths too.
The narrative drive of your novel, that
is how you carry along your reader,
is hugely important and, frankly, it often takes an outsider
to advise a writer if it’s working. As authors, we
get very involved with our novels and it does become hard
to view work objectively. That’s where an affordable
critique service like Fiction Feedback's is really valuable.
At Fiction Feedback, we critique almost any kind of fiction:
contemporary, thriller, chick-lit, horror, crime, fantasy,
sci-fi, erotica and humour. The only genres we don’t
review are novels which are written to strict
such as romances written for the Harlequin and Mills & Boon
Having more than one critique of your work is extremely
useful, both on account of where they overlap and where
they make different points. Our sliding scale of charges
means the cost of two critiques is far less than double
the cost of one critique. This is to encourage writers
to take advantage of multiple reviews.
We offer up to four
independent critiques of your novel. Each critique comes
with a checklist, and for full novels
this checklist is slightly longer than the one we use for
novel excerpts and short stories.
length of critiques
Fiction Feedback critiques vary in length depending on
the reviewer. For novel excerpts they will always be
at least one A4 page long and sometimes much more.
For full novels over 80,000 words the critique
will be at least 1850 words.
We currently cost for four levels of word count; up to
15,000 words, up to 40,000 words, up to 80,000 words
and up to 120,000 words.
Most novels for adults are between
80,000-120,000 words. Novels for older children are up
to 40,000 words and for young adults, between 60,000 and
80,000 words, so almost any complete manuscript should
Up to 15,000 words is what agents and publishers
often ask to see in submissions, so it's a good choice
for an extract of your novel.
For up to 15,000 words of
1 critique: £99; 2 critiques: £149;
3 critiques: £199;
4 critiques: £259
novels or novel extracts of up to 40,000 words:
1 critique £129; 2 critiques £199;
3 critiques £289;
4 critiques £389
For young adult
or novel extracts of up to 80,000 words:
1 critique £159; 2 critiques £259;
3 critiques £379;
4 critiques £489
For a full novel
manuscript of up to 120,000 words:
1 critique: £199; 2 critiques: £349;
3 critiques: £499;
4 critiques: £649
For longer novels, please email
us for a quote.
submitting your work
Please ensure your word count is under 15,000, 40,000,
80,000 or 120,000.
page should include your name and email address (or postal
address if submitting by post), and your word
count as well as the title.
Each page should be numbered, and you might also want to
add your name and the novel’s title. Please use the
header/footer tool to do this.
All chapters should be contained
in the one file, and the file
name should tally with the
name of your novel that
you use on your submission form. Please don’t re-start
pagination for new chapters; your title page or ideally
the first page of manuscript should be p1 and from then
on page numbers should be consecutive.
Please avoid using
a smaller font size than 11. Double or
spacing is fine.
Showing new paragraphs:
most agents and publishers prefer no extra line spacing,
just a tabbed indent, so this could
be a good habit to adopt.
You’re very welcome to submit
a separate synopsis of up to 1,000 words. If the chapters
are not the first ones of the novel (not recommended),
a synopsis becomes essential and you need to indicate where
your chapters fit in.
For novels over 120,000 words,
contact us for a quote.