Manuscript Assessment

 
What is a
Manuscript Assessment?

A Manuscript Assessment is an informed review of your story. It allows The Story Mentor to bring his storytelling experience and fresh eyes to your manuscript to determine whether the concept and story works as a whole.

 

During a Manuscript Assessment, The Story Mentor:

  • Reviews your story with experienced eyes;

  • Assesses the story as a whole;

  • Offers suggestions on how to improve it;

  • Identifies any sections that need clarification;

  • Recommends what to add or remove;

  • Pinpoints plot holes and errors in logic; and

  • Advises your next best course of action.

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When Should I Get a
Manuscript Assessment?

A Manuscript Assessment is recommended for writers with a completed early draft of their story.

 

Often writers become too close to their stories and struggle to recognise its quality components from its obvious flaws. If this has happened to you, then you need a Manuscript Assessment.

 

The Story Mentor approaches your manuscript with fresh eyes, allowing him to see clearly what works and what needs improvement.

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What is a
Manuscript Assessment?

A Manuscript Assessment is an informed review of your full story. It allows The Story Mentor to bring his storytelling experience and fresh eyes to your full  manuscript to determine whether the concept and story works as a whole.

 

During a Manuscript Assessment, The Story Mentor:

  • Reviews your full story with experienced eyes;

  • Assesses the story as a whole;

  • Offers suggestions on how to improve it;

  • Identifies any sections that need clarification;

  • Recommends what to add or remove;

  • Pinpoints plot holes and errors in logic; and

  • Advises your next best course of action.

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When to Get a
Manuscript Assessment

A Manuscript Assessment is recommended for writers with a completed early draft of their story.

 

Often writers become too close to their stories and struggle to recognise its quality components from its obvious flaws. If this has happened to you, then you need a Manuscript Assessment.

 

The Story Mentor approaches your manuscript with fresh eyes, allowing him to see clearly what works and what needs improvement.

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What You
Receive

As well as providing you with a better understanding of your story and a clear direction of how to approach your next draft, The Story Mentor provides you with:

  • 2 x Story Meetings;

 

  • A Report detailing his findings; and

  • General notes and mark-ups within your manuscript regarding specific issues.

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The
Process

Once you have made contact with The Story Mentor, he will provide a quote for the cost and length of the work, then arrange a time and centrally neutral place, usually a cafe or library, for the Initial Meeting to take place.

During  the Initial Meeting, you get to discuss your story with the Story Mentor before handing over your manuscript and making payment.

The Story Mentor takes your story with him, reviews it within the agreed upon time, then contacts you to arrange the Final Meeting.

At the Final Meeting, The Story Mentor discusses his findings with you and hands over his report and your marked-up manuscript. During the meeting you have the opportunity to discuss The Story Mentor's findings with him and ask him questions.

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What Story Forms & Genres
Can Be Assessed?

As well as providing you with a better understanding of your story and a clear direction of how to approach your next draft, The Story Mentor provides you with:

  • 2 x 45 minute Story Meetings*;

 

  • A Report detailing his findings; and

  • General notes and mark-ups within your manuscript regarding specific issues.

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Process
Length

The time it takes to complete a Manuscript Assessment depends upon both the length of your story and the schedule of The Story Mentor. Use the following as a rough guide:

 

The Story Mentor will provide an approximate time for completion in his quote.

All meetings are limited to a strict length (see above). If you require a longer meeting, any additional time will be billed at $30 per hour in hourly increments.

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Formatting
Guidelines

When submitting your story to The Story Mentor, please use the following formatting:

  • Line Spacing: 2.0

  • Margins: 2.54cm top, bottom, left, right

  • Font Type: Times New Roman or Arial

  • Font Size: 12pt

  • Document Format: .doc or .docx only

  • Printed Manuscripts: One sided only

  • Page Numbers: Place inside Bottom Footer

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Manuscript Assessment
Cost

The cost of a Manuscript Assessment depends on the length of your story. Please see the table below for pricing categories.

 

All prices are in Australian Dollars and include GST.

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How to Book a
Manuscript Assessment

To Book a Manuscript Assessment, please contact The Story Mentor using the form below.

In your message, please outline your name, the length of your story, and your writing experience.

 

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For more information, please read the FAQs page or contact The Story Mentor: andrew@thestorymentor.com.au