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CRITIQUING

We believe in supporting other writers, and encouraging the creation of new work. With this in mind Aurora Writers’ Noelle Harrison offers a critiquing service for new and emerging writers.

For over ten years, Noelle has also provided a critiquing service through The Inkwell Group in Ireland, and directly through her own Contacts Page. Many of the writers she has worked with have gone on to have their books published.

Noelle’s approach is to build confidence, while providing clear guidelines on how to improve the work. She provides a variety of options from appraisal of the first thirty pages to detailed content and line feedback with an extensive report. To read more on Noelle’s own books click here.

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RATES

  • Manuscript Assessment: £460.00 for average full length (80,000 to 100,000 words) 
  • Plus optional one hour feedback discussion on Zoom: £50

This is the first step towards developing your finished manuscript to be the best it can be. I provide an overview of its strengths and weaknesses with advice on how to move forwards and develop its full potential.

  • In depth Report for first Thirty Pages of double – spaced full length manuscript: £300  (340 euros)

If you have never shown your manuscript to anyone before, I recommend having the first 30 pages of your manuscript critiqued initially. In this way, I can identify any key issues for your book, without you having to go to the additional cost of having the whole book critiqued. This option allows you the space to work on a new draft of your book with confidence and direction.

  • In-depth Report for average length (80,000 to 100,000 words) £600
  • Plus optional one hour feedback discussion on Zoom: £50

This is a comprehensive report (12/14 pages in length) covering all aspects of your manuscript providing you with a clear vision for your novel.

  • In-depth Report plus line edits of stylistic and structural edits: £10 (11 euros) per 1,000 words
  • + Optional Feedback discussion @ £50 for an hour session on Zoom 

As well as the in-depth report, I work through your manuscript providing detailed annotation line by line. This is the most thorough form of critiquing and is of value if your next step is to submit your book to agents and publishers.If you would like to have an additional conversation about your book once you have absorbed all the feedback you have the option of an additional conversation on Zoom.

  • Mentoring  
  • £175.00 for one hour session including preparatory and follow up notes. 

If you would like an even more in-depth approach, I may be available to mentor you during the process of the completion of your novel.

This also includes the option of 30% off either manuscript assessment and / or your in-depth report once you’ve completed your manuscript.

I only take on two (at the most three) mentoring projects at one time to ensure I can devote the right amount of time to each writer’s work.

Testimonials

After 3 drafts, I still struggled to cut my massive word count! I was too close to my work and really needed someone who could run a red pen through my endless pages and kill those darlings. I was nervous about sharing my work and feel so lucky to have found Noelle. Her critique was thoughtful, honest, and so insightful. She was very professional throughout the process, keeping me updated along the way. Noelle helped me to identify common mistakes I made while encouraging me to keep going rather than knocking my confidence. Thanks to her thorough feedback, I am now working on what I’m sure will be my final draft.”

Melissa Collins, Ireland (2017)

‘I wrote The Spirit of the Lake, an idea that I had been tolling with for a while. But Noelle managed to make me focused and together we turned the story into something that I am really proud of!’

Nina Rolland, Bergen, Norway.