Concepts Identified in Critique
In reviewing published works to critique their editorial quality, our editors will focus on the concepts taught in the writer's classes. These include keeping consistent with point of view, showing versus telling methods, active versus passive sentences, and avoiding an overabundance of purple prose. Grammar, sentence structure, and spelling will also be singled out. Consistency in details, credibility, proper word usage, redundancy, and scenic descriptions will be analyzed. A comprehensive analysis will be provided to the publisher, along with the book, with editorial marks added on the pages.
Note: Due to time constraints, it is impossible to edit the entire work. Therefore, only the first fifty or so pages will be critiqued and analyzed. It is reasonable to believe those pages will offer a true representation of the entire editing done throughout the book.
Submit Titles to Critique
Anyone who encounters a book from a traditional publisher they believe requires an editorial analysis may submit the title and author's name to us. Do not submit anything from a self-published author or from a subsidiary or small press publisher that does not offer editing in their process of producing a book. An author hoping for editing assistance should submit their work directly to the Writer's Workshop. Small press publishers that do not offer editing for their works are deficient in their interest to promote literary excellence and need to refocus their efforts on their company's mission statement.
To submit a title for analysis and critique, click here.
So far, we have done six book critiques and have submitted them to their respective publishers. Although we have stated in their cover letters that no response is necessary, we have heard nothing back from the publishers or the authors, who received an invitation to read the critiques that were sent to their publishers. The running tally on the critiques are: