Manuscript Assessment for Self-Publishers


From £5 per 1000 words.

My Manuscript Assessment (also known as a Structural Edit) is ideal for authors who have finished their novel or non-fiction book but are aware that it needs further work and require some professional, unbiased feedback prior to Copy Editing. I will read through the manuscript and examine its overall tone, structure and readability. Then I will make suggestions on parts that need to be extensively rewritten, developed or researched. For novels, this also includes characterisation, themes and plot. Previous authors have come to me with various concerns, ranging from fears that one of their characters wasn’t convincing enough, to the feeling that they had gone into too much detail regarding one area of their book while brushing over another entirely. This is natural and sometimes you simply have to take a step back and let someone else take a look.

A note on how I work

I tailor each of my services to the specific requirements of my clients, but I usually write my feedback in the form of an overall report, using track changes within the manuscript to mark up smaller points. Once the author has made the appropriate changes, and we are both happy with them, I usually Copy Edit their manuscript for them.

As a Manuscript Assessment is my most in-depth service, I only take on work that I feel a genuine connection with, and where I fully believe that my advice will help the author take their work forward. I usually read the first three chapters before making a decision, and do this with no obligation on the author’s part. Below is an example of some of the feedback I provided to the author P. Symonloe. He was about to begin his search for a publisher and wanted to perfect his crime plot before doing so. His book The Dirty Rascal was published in 2015 and is available in bookstores and via Amazon.

dirty rascal by p symonloeHere is what P Symonloe said about the service I provided:

“I chose a Manuscript Assessment because The Dirty Rascal is my first book and I wanted a professional to help me get my work up to the standard that publishers and agents expect. The advice that came back from Danielle’s service was detailed, revealing, balanced and objective. Danielle not only made points that sometimes were a little uncomfortable, but she also focused on the positive and progressive. I urge other aspiring authors to seek out Wrate’s Editing Services.”


Example of a Manuscript Assessment

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  • Avatar Sydney Clarence ★★★★★ a year ago
    Danielle is a delight to work with, she was invested in my work and always had the final product in the forefront of her mind. Importantly, she ensured it worthy of being in the public domain. With a keen eye for detail and a professional … More approach she offers a quality service; I frequently find myself recommending her and will continue to do so. What are you waiting for :-D
    Merry Go Round was published under my real name, Sarah Toll, by Wrate's Editing Services in November 2020.
  • Avatar cee rainey ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    I found Danielle about 10 yrs ago I think, when I had the urge to write a novel, its now sitting in a dust pile but the experience was so good I decided to try again with a non fiction book about my experiences as a nanny and how to help … More new mothers. Danielle sifted through screeds of thoughts and rambling sentences and pulled out some thing that made me feel like I knew what I was talking about. But it was missing something on my part, and sat on the study computer till I became a mum myself and was able to bring both sides of childcare to the table, the professional and the novice ! Hence All The Small Things, Everything I picked up as a Nanny and a New Mummy was born ( pun intended ) Between us we filtered through blogs I had written and previous work and brought together a piece of work Im really proud of .
    Danielle found my voice, helped me say what I needed to say, and is still supporting me and helping me with wonderful press on the book, so far I've been in the paper and on the radio promoting it .... with a few more deals up her sleeve to make sure that our work gets to as many Mums as it can.
    I cant recommend this process enough, and the feeling of achievement when you have the book inside you on paper. Danielle is professional and personal , which is what us budding authors need. If youre looking to tell your story , look no further .
  • Avatar Anita Morrish ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I contacted Danielle Wrate by email about a proofread of my novel, Shadow Song. I was impressed by her swift and thorough response, checking that this was indeed the service I needed. The proofread was duly carried out, well within the … More estimated time. I am extremely pleased with it, as it has been carried out carefully and the comments made are constructive and helpful. Thank you.
  • Avatar Marie Keates ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I am so glad I chose Danielle to edit my first novel. It was frightening to hand something I'd worked on so hard and for so long to a stranger, but, from the outset, she was supportive and offered constructive advice. I couldn't … More be more pleased with the work she did for me and will certainly be using her again for book number two.
  • Avatar Terri Boas ★★★★★ a year ago
    I highly recommend Wrate's Editing Services. Danielle helped make my dreams come true.
    Two scoops, not three is my debut novel and with Danielle's professionalism, sensitivity, patience and brilliance we've made it the best
    … More I could have ever imagined.