A manuscript critique includes a single read of your manuscript and will examine the overall ‘feel’ of your story, its structure, and will identify areas of weakness, as well as what works well.
A manuscript critique is better suited to newer authors, in that the focus is on the ‘craft’ of writing (as opposed to a developmental edit which focuses on improving the story).
Common areas of difficulty for newer writers include:
- Starting the story in the wrong place
- Excessive backstory
- Narrative voice issues, such as head hopping or consistency within the chosen POV
- Structural issues
- Weak plots
- Weak characterisation
- Passive writing
A manuscript critique will use examples from your writing to explain areas of weakness that have been identified but does not include developmental editing or line editing.
I would recommend this service if you are working on your first novel and wish to improve your craft.