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Reader's report

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Our Reader's Report will give you a short report on your work

Are you looking for an unbiased and professional opinion on your manuscript?

  • After the long slog of writing, do you feel you need a professional view of what you've written?
  • Do you think you might benefit from some editorial guidance from a sympathetic editor, to check that you're going in the right direction?
  • Are you planning to self-publish but want to check out that your work is in good shape?
  • Has your work already been turned down?  It’s really frustrating to get your work rejected and sent back to you without knowing why, and whether or not there is anything you can do to improve its chances.

If you’ve been caught up in this frustrating situation, our Reader’s Report may be just what you are looking for.

  • The Reader’s Report offers a short, clear and honest professional assessment of your work.
  • The reader will be a skilled professional with many years of experience in assessing book-length material for publication.
    • The Reader’s Report will offer informed comment on
    • the content
    • the storyline (if appropriate),
    • the style and tone,
    • the likelihood that it will be taken on by a commercial publisher.
  • The reader will also indicate whether or not, in their opinion, further work on the manuscript will improve its chances of publication. 

The Editor's Report is our longer, more substantial report and we'd recommend going for that one if you can. Our top report is the Editor's Report Plus, which provides a chapter-by-chapter report.

What it costs 

The Reader’s Report on fiction costs £130 if your manuscript is under 100,000 words, £150 for 100,000 to 150,000 words and £175 for 150,000 to 200,000 words, payable in advance.

On non-fiction we charge £140 for under 100,000 words, £170 for between 100,000 and 150,000 words and £190 for 150,000 to 200,000 words.

We will have to quote individually on longer manuscripts. We would normally expect to email the Reader’s Report to you within two weeks of receipt of your order but will confirm a specific dae once you have placed your order.

Please send your manuscript as one unzipped Word file to

Reader's report story - A fictionalised account

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