Why should I get a manuscript appraisal?

If you’re looking at this page, you’re probably going to have this question.

Well, I like books. Actually, I love books. I love that magic that allows words written a year ago, a decade ago, even a century ago, to conjure up the same pictures in my head as they have in millions of others. And, if you’re here reading this, you probably do too.

But those timeless, beautiful words in books don’t come about overnight. Nor, indeed, are they the efforts of only one person. After all (as I am painfully reminded by that time I accidentally forgot the “not” in the “is not” of a university assignment conclusion), we tend to be blinded by enthusiasm (or exhaustion) when it comes to our own writing. And even when you can see that something’s not quite right, it’s not always easy to work out what it is or how to fix it.

So, what do we do in this situation normally? Well, when you can’t think of a word, or when you can’t remember who was in that TV show or who sang that song, you ask a friend to fill in the blanks. And that’s what I can be: your learned friend with a BA in Literature and IPEd-affiliated training, here to address your queries, offer practical advice and suggestions, and spot the things you might have missed.

If you want more information on my services or have a niggling question about your writing, don’t hesitate to ask!

Happy writing!

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