Looking for a critique? Look no further!

View from the summit of Mt Manuscript

If you’re looking for constructive feedback on your work in progress to take it to the next level, I’ve got some time available in February. I regularly read and write editorial reports on writers’ draft manuscripts for clients as distant from each other as Abu Dhabi, New York and Sydney. As a published memoirist and essayist, my expertise is memoir, but I was a fiction and nonfiction editor when I worked in-house as Picador Editor at Pan Macmillan Australia in a previous life.

Email me at info at virginialloyd.com. Then we’ll talk or email or Skype to establish where you’re up to with your project, I’ll fill you in on the rest of the details, and we’ll go from there.

I’d love to hear from you even if you’re not ready for a manuscript critique. Many people have questions about editing and revisions, which I’m happy to answer if you ask me in the comments below.

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  1. Hi Virginia,

    I’m not quite at the stage of looking for critique, but I did have a question for you. This may be hard to answer without bias, but how important do you think it is to have a manuscript professionally edited? I have a writing group that features ex-editors and various degrees of emerging/emerged writers. Do you think that editing from such a group would be enough? Or does it really require that expert attention?

    1. Hi Phill, thanks for your brilliant question. It sounds like your group has a lot of experience, which must be helpful at your regular meetings. My immediate response is that it’s important to differentiate between excerpts and fragments from a work in progress, and the overall work. The whole of a manuscript should ideally add up to more than the sum of its parts; this effect is the cumulative result of decisions about tone, mood, pacing, plot and structure. These important elements can often succeed in isolation but not hang together as a whole work, for reasons large and small. An editorial report should identify what’s working, what’s not, and suggestions for how to address (what the editor perceives to be) the remaining issues.

      The crucial thing if you do seek an editor’s help is that he or she has a good reputation (either via word of mouth, testimonials, or relevant publications) and a professional track record.

      I should mention that I am looking to do more agenting this year. I would not charge any client to read a ms, so if you’re interested in showing me work down the track I’d be delighted to read it then. I’ll be updating my website to reflect my agenting work. Do let your writing group know! Thanks for reading my blog, Virginia

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