Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Overview

    • Welcome to the Course!

    • About the Instructor

  • 2

    Chapter 1: What Is a Manuscript Critique?

    • Overview

    • Lesson 1: What a Manuscript Critique Is

    • Lesson 2: What a Manuscript Critique Isn't

    • What's Ahead

    • Lesson 3: Sample Nonfiction Manuscript Critique (used with client's permission)

    • Lesson 4: Sample Nonfiction Manuscript Edit (used with client's permission)

  • 3

    Chapter 2: How to Perform a Manuscript Critique

    • Overview

    • Lesson 1: The Sample Critique

    • Lesson 2: What to Look for in a Manuscript Critique

    • Lesson 3: Sample Manuscript-Critique Report

    • Lesson 4: What NOT to Do in a Manuscript Critique

    • Lesson 5: How I Do Manuscript Critiques

    • Lesson 6: How to Provide Feedback to an Author

    • Chapter 2 Wrap-Up Quiz

  • 4

    Chapter 3: Preparing for a Manuscript Critique

    • Overview

    • Lesson 1: Things to Find Out Before Starting Your Critique

    • Lesson 2: Do You Really Need a Contract?

    • Lesson 3: Sample Contract

    • Lesson 4: Resources for Creating Your Own Contracts

    • Lesson 5: Tips about Payment Terms

  • 5

    Chapter 4: How to Find Clients

    • Overview

    • Lesson 1: Where to Look for Clients

    • Lesson 2: Is It Okay to Work with Family and Friends?

    • Lesson 3: Types of Clients to Avoid

    • Lesson 4: The Client from the Black Lagoon (A Case Study)

    • Lesson 5: What to Charge

    • Course Summary


  • Do I pay for the course once, or is there a recurring fee?

    You only pay once per course. You'll then have lifetime access to the course. You'll also get access to any updates to the course free of charge.

  • Is this an editing course?

    No, though many editors offer manuscript critiques along with their other services. If you'd specifically like to develop your editing skills, check out some of my other courses.

  • Why should I take this course from you?

    Great question! Visit my website at to learn more about me, see examples of my editing and publishing work, and find great writing tips every Monday through Friday.