BOOST: a manuscript evaluation service
The BOOST option is a stand-alone manuscript evaluation service. Get your revision process off to a stellar start, or get feedback on revisions you've already done. An evaluation is a detailed breakdown of where your novel excels and how you could make it even stronger.
Here's what you get
- One-on-one guidance on your manuscript, adding up to dozens of hours of expertise.
- Targeted, personalised feedback that takes into account your creative goals.
- Tools for a stronger manuscript, new skills and more confidence in yourself as a writer.
The BOOST package includes:
- A manuscript evaluation. You'll get an extensive editorial report about your novel. It'll contain a detailed assessment of your manuscript and suggestions about where to focus your revisions.
- Up to an hour of follow-up guidance after receiving my feedback.
- A personalised list of resources and reading recommendations for creative inspiration.
How it works
A manuscript evaluation looks at your work with broader brush strokes than a full edit. My feedback will focus on macro-level storytelling elements such as structure, character arcs and worldbuilding.
I'll read through your manuscript and write up an extensive report detailing what works well and what could work even better in your next draft. This will take 2–3 weeks. The report is typically around 8–12 pages long.
This process doesn't involve manuscript annotation, but the report may refer to example passages from your novel. It'll be up to you to apply the guidance to the rest of your manuscript, if you wish.
You'll have 2 weeks after receiving my evaluation to ask me for up to an hour's worth of further advice and guidance. This could be anything from feedback on your new ideas to coming up with a step-by-step revision plan. I can also provide guidance on your synopsis, blurb or query letter.
I have expertise in the following areas, for both adult and young adult audiences:
Hard, soft, scrambled, fried: I’m into all types of science fiction, from near future to far future, pre-apocalyptic to post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk to biopunk to any other type of punk you can come up with. Space opera, military SF, sci-fi horror, sci-fi thrillers, dystopian… You name it, I’m here for it.
SF authors whose work I love include: Yoon Ha Lee, Nnedi Okorafor, Ann Leckie, Iain M. Banks, Becky Chambers and Tade Thompson.
I enjoy fantasy at all altitudes: whether it’s high, low or wavering somewhere in the middle. Epic fantasy, portal fantasy, urban fantasy, contemporary fantasy, historical fantasy, mythic fantasy, science fantasy, weird fantasy (the weirder the better!), dark fantasy—the list goes on…
Fantasy authors whose work I love include: N.K. Jemisin, Terry Pratchett, Marlon James, Ursula K. Le Guin, China Miéville and Tamora Pierce.
I’m mostly into horror that overlaps with science fiction and fantasy, and particularly books with elements of body horror, bio horror or gothic horror.
Some of my favourite fiction that contains horror elements includes work by: Caitlin Starling, Kirsty Logan, Rory Power, Sarah Perry, Stephen Graham Jones and Alice Thompson.
Mix any of these speculative subgenres with queer and trans characters, and you’ve got extra awesomeness! I also enjoy fiction that centres on LGBTQ+ experiences, no matter the genre.
Some of my favourite non-speculative LGBTQIA+ fiction includes work by: Akwaeke Emezi, Alice Oseman, Mason Deaver, Dean Atta, Nina LaCour and Michelle Tea.
|Manuscript word count||Price|
|up to 80,000 words||£583|
|over 120,000 words||Please contact me for a quote|
Get in touch
In one small step, take a giant leap for your manuscript! Use this form to contact me (Jake) with any questions you have about the process and to find out when I’m available to set out on your journey with you. It's really helpful if you can include the following information:
- What genre is your manuscript and who is your intended audience?
- What is the total word count of your manuscript? Is it finished? Has it gone through any rounds of revision already?
- What is your end goal: are you aiming to submit your work to agents/publishers, planning to self-publish, or something else?
- Do you have a particular start/end date in mind?
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
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