Manuscript and Plot Summary Critiques

Get feedback on your story from a professional.

How it works

  1. Decide which professional you’d like to review your work.
  2. Tell us when you need your critique back. Our general timeframe is 2 weeks, but it can be longer depending upon the availability of the professional. It helps if you are flexible on timing. Please let us know if you are.
  3. We will see if the pro is available and confirm with you. Then we will send you an invoice.
  4. Once paid, you will share your work with the pro.
  5. He or she will return your work with comments.

*Optional: Share your critiqued manuscipt with your Inked Voices group, and I will put you in a raffle for a prize.

Manuscript Critiques

Get high-level feedback on your story, including its plot, characters, dialogue, pacing, and hook.

What to Submit

  • The first pages of your manuscript, up to the page count for the critique you’ve chosen (recommended).
  • OR continuous pages from another section of your manuscript. Please begin with the start of a chapter or scene, and share a one paragraph synopsis of your work to orient the reader.

What to Expect

You will receive notes on your work including things done well, areas that need additional development, and suggestions for improvement. Inline comments will be used to mark story-level questions.

*Note: a critique is not the same as a developmental edit, which is a more in-depth, collaborative review of your manuscript, typically looking at an entire manuscript. Nor is a critique a copyedit, where an editor will correct spelling and grammar.


3,750 words (~15 pages)
6,250 words (~25 pages)
12,500 words (~50 pages)
Request critique
from any of our Pros

Plot Summary Critiques

Get feedback on your outline or synopsis to strengthen your plot and make sure you have a story arc that will resonate with readers.

What to Submit

A 2-3 page synopsis of your work, either in paragraph or outline form.

What to Expect

Written feedback on plot development and story arc, as well as a follow-up phone call with the professional.


Option 1: One round of feedback, with a 20-minute follow up call. $175

Option 2: Option 1, plus an additional round of feedback after you’ve made edits. $225

Request critique
from Melissa Gardner, Russell Rowland, or Tamra Tuller

About Our Pros

Melissa Gardner

Melissa Gardner has been writing since she learned her ABCs. Her love of stories and storytelling was fostered by her grandmother who read to her daily. Melissa received her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Seattle Pacific University and is now working on two short story collections. She has taught at a variety of universities since 2005, and currently teaches literature and fiction writing classes online for Southern New Hampshire University. Originally from Pennsylvania, she now lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband, three cats, and a Welsh Pembroke Corgi.

Jen Malone

Jen Malone writes books for tweens and teens, including At Your Service, the You're Invited series, and the forthcoming The Sleepover with Simon & Schuster, and Map to the Stars and the forthcoming Wanderlost with HarperCollins. She is a former Hollywood movie executive who once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star's tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. She teaches at Boston University and is the Author-in-Residence at both a Boston-area middle school and for the Girl Scouts of Massachusetts. You can learn more about Jen and her titles at

Russell Rowland

Russell Rowland's first novel, IN OPEN SPACES (Harpercollins 2002) received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, and made the San Francisco Chronicle's bestseller list. His next two novels, THE WATERSHED YEARS (Riverbend 2002) and HIGH AND INSIDE (Bangtail Press, 2013), were both finalists for the High Plains Book Award. Russell also co-edited an anthology, WEST OF 98: LIVING AND WRITING THE NEW AMERICAN WEST, with Lynn Stegner. His latest book, FIFTY-SIX COUNTIES: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY, is about his travels to every county in Montana. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. He lives in Billings, where he teaches private workshops and does private consultation with other writers.

Tamra Tuller

Tamra Tuller first got her publishing feet wet in the Scholastic Book Clubs. She then moved on to Scholastic’s trade division at Blue Sky Press, followed by Philomel Books, an imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group, and most recently Chronicle Books. Tamra is now a freelance editor focusing mainly on middle-grade and young adult novels. She has a strong interest in reality-based contemporary and historical fiction, but she has fallen in love with books of all genres and will gladly work on a wide variety of titles, including picture books. In addition to speaking at conferences and facilitating writers' workshops, she has worked with such authors as Ruta Sepetys, Beth Kephart, Kathryn Erskine, Leila Sales, Hannah Moskowitz, and K.A. Holt.