Manuscript, Query Letter, and Synopsis Critique!

August 19, 2007 | Karin's Blog | 0 comments

Looking to push for the fall and GET that book published in the New York market? I just finished my third book for Berkley, and so I have a bit of time during which I’m offering book critiques.

A full critique will include a three-page analysis of plot, storyline, pacing, and characterization. It also includes a detailed analysis of all major characters.

You can choose from one chapter, three chapters, or complete manuscript.

A full critique includes a detailed evaluation of manuscript, focusing on major elements, but also addressing grammar and structure.

Critique will be sent in email within four weeks of receipt of manuscript and payment. Payments should be made via Paypal.

For a one chapter critique: $75.
For three chapters: $125.

For full manuscript, 70,000 words or less: $200
For full manuscript, 70,000 to 90,000 words: $250
For full manuscript, 90,000-125,000: $300.
(For larger manuscripts, contact Natalie.)

For more information, contact Natalie:

For a limited time, I will include a QUERY LETTER critique with each full manuscript order.


Natalie R. Collins is an editor, proofreader and author with more than 25 years writing experience. She has worked for the largest daily newspaper in Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival as an editor/proofreader, and as an English teacher. She is a multi-published author, with two books out from St. Martin’s Press, the critically-acclaimed WIVES AND SISTERS and BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. She is currently working on her third book for St. Martin’s. She also writes for Berkley Prime Crime, under the name Natalie M. Roberts. The first book in her Jenny T. Partridge Dance Mystery Series, TUTU DEADLY, was published in April 2007. Her second book with Berkley, TAPPED OUT, will be published in October 2007. Berkley is a division of Penguin Putnam. In addition, the sequel to the first book she ever wrote, SISTERWIFE, is coming out in October 2007 from Five Star Books. TWISTED SISTER is a part of the Sisters of Sin series.

Natalie is well-known for her free literary agent listing, a list of legitimate, vetted, non-fee charging agents with a verifiable track record of sales. She has also written numerous articles on agents, editors, and getting published. She speaks at writers’ conferences and workshops, and is slated to be a teacher at the 2008 Pen to Press Writers’ Retreat.

Natalie lives in Utah with her two daughters.

Okay, so normaly I don’t do this kind of promo, but here’s the fact of the matter: Nat is my dear friend. I love her. She is also one of the most intuitive writers I know, and she is rock solid in her craft. So, if you need some guidance here you go.

Have a great Monday everyone!



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