These services are suitable for writers requiring detailed, honest feedback on their work, whether it’s a complete short story, a chapter or section of a novel, or a complete manuscript. For details, scroll down past the testimonials.
Critique: short stories/single chapters
For notes on MS, plus a full written report (1-2 pages) with comments and suggestions for development – stories or extracts of up to 3000 words: £65.00, stories or extracts of up to 4500 words: £80.00. Longer pieces by arrangement. I will submit my report by an agreed deadline, usually a maximum of two weeks.
Critique: full length /partial manuscript (fiction only):
Appraisal includes page annotation as well as a written report. For a full-length manuscript, this is usually at least 5 pages, often longer. Initially, please send an email or brief letter, telling me a little about you and your writing, plus a detailed outline or synopsis, and a sample of your work (around 15-20 double-spaced pages would be fine). This will enable me to decide whether I am able to take on the work. There is no charge for this initial reading. If I am able to work with the manuscript, I will then contact you and ask you send the full manuscript. You can submit work electronically, or as a hard copy by post. The ms should be laid out as follows: double line spaced, with 12pt font (Arial or Times New Roman). Please don’t forget to number pages! If you are submitting by post, your manuscript should be printed on one side of the paper only, and follow the above guidelines for layout. The turnaround time for a full-length manuscript is usually around four weeks but no more than six.
Up to 100 double spaced pages – £230
100-150 double spaced pages – £270
151-200 double spaced pages – £320
201-250 double spaced pages – £380
251-300 double spaced pages – £450
Over 300 pages – please add £1.40 per page
Payment on submission of the full MS
*10% discount on a re-read and report on your redrafted version
Initially, please get in touch via the contact page to arrange submission.
Please provide a brief commentary / statement of aims with your work. It may help to think about questions such as: What do you want your reader to take away from this story/chapter? What emotions do you want him or her to feel? How do you want your reader to respond to certain characters? Are you trying to create a particular atmosphere in the piece? Which areas do you feel need particular attention? The purpose of the commentary is so that I can see what you’re trying to achieve, and comment on how well you’re achieving it. It’s important for a writer to be analytical, to be aware of the process of writing – we all produce the odd masterpiece now and again, but if we don’t know how we did it, we won’t know how to do it again! If you’re submitting part of a novel, please include a brief outline or synopsis (I won’t comment on this, it’s just so that I can put the piece in context.) If the section is anything other than the opening, I’ll also need brief summaries of preceding chapters.
I found Susan’s critique service to be professional, honest and insightful. I had been working on my short story for quite some time and as I neared the end I found that having been absorbed in it for so long I had lost the ability to step back and look at it with fresh eyes. Susan really picked up on what I had been trying to achieve with my story and the direction in which I wanted to take it. She was highly encouraging, even whilst pointing out any flaws that she had found and she shared her own ideas on how my story could be improved. I left our meeting with a renewed sense of optimism. I learned so much from Susan during our meeting and I appreciate the time and attention she gave to my work. I would highly recommend Susan to anyone looking for genuine, constructive and informative feedback. Emma Barrett
My current novel has had quite a few “near misses” with literary agents but for the life of me I couldn’t pin down what was stopping them making the final commitment to me and the book.
There comes a point when most novels benefit from a fresh eye. We become too close to our stories and characters and all too often can’t see what might be perfectly clear to an objective reader. I turned to Susan Elliot Wright, who is a successful novelist and a respected tutor. She read my troublesome book and came up with wonderfully insightful and useful observations and suggestions. She is always honest, she is kind, she is clever. With her report sitting next to me, at last I feel able to turn this book into the one I wanted to write and the one literary agents and publishers want to read. Thank you Susan, for your time and expertise and also your tremendous support. Annie McKie
Susan is a truly inspirational critic for the creative writer. She is thorough and efficient with her response, so I wasn’t left chomping at the bit worrying what she thought of my material. We had an indepth meeting to discuss the critique, and without fail Susan was on the button where things didn’t quite work. She then explained in a positive manner how they might be improved. I left the meeting full of enthusiasm and determination to reach my goal. Pamela Jackson
Susan’s constructive and positive feedback was exactly what I needed. I can see where changes need to be made, and feel confident and motivated to continue with my novel. Molly Clarke