Manuscript Assessment

Manuscript Assessment Service

Kill Your Darlings offers a unique manuscript assessment service for writers of book-length works of fiction and non-fiction. These assessments, in which you work closely with our staff editors, are the ideal way for writers at all stages of their development to get experienced, professional and objective feedback and encouragement on a work-in-progress. Our editors strive to assist writers in making the work the best it can be – whether you wish to share the story with your friends or family, are planning to self-publish, or are intending to submit to a publisher, agent or competition.

How do the KYD Manuscript Assessments work? 

Assessments take the form of comprehensive editorial notes that examine the key components of the work (such as structure, character, plot, chronology and dialogue), as well as identifying areas for further improvement. We believe these notes are the most useful form of feedback for writers at this stage of the manuscript’s development.

Your editor will also arrange 2 x one-hour consultations over the phone, one at the beginning of your consultation period and one at the end, once you’ve had the opportunity to read through your notes. 

On payment, KYD Writers’ Workshop will be in touch to arrange the schedule for your assessment (generally an assessment will be delivered within 4 weeks of booking), as well as assign you to an editor. Please note, you must submit your manuscript to KYD within six months of purchase.

Read more about KYD’s Manuscript Assessment editors, as well as testimonies from writers using this service, here.

If your work does not fall within the price categories below we are happy to negotiate an appropriate fee on the assessment. For any other questions, please email: [email protected].


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