Story Assessment

Do you have a completed manuscript draft but you just aren't quite sure what your next step is? Or maybe you have a rough draft that can't seem to get past your gag-test.  Perhaps you just need fresh eyes on a book that's been on your heart and mind long enough ...

Fret not. I got you.


Book a Story Assessment with me. I'll help you make the pivot from your current draft to your next step--whether it's to publish, find a beta reader, query an agent, revise, hire an editor--whatever you and your story need. I will give you clarity and direction.

WHAT IS A STORY ASSESSMENT?

A story assessment is a big picture review of your manuscript, no matter what shape it’s in.

Story assessments focus on major storytelling concepts like plot, characters, voice, and writing style. Due to the broad scope of a story assessment, suggestions by me are general, focus only on big-picture elements, and pose questions for the author in regard to their intentions with the book. I am always cognizant of the author’s storytelling voice. This services is good for writers who have an outline, incomplete, or complete drafts.

  • I follow the fundamental storytelling principles of three-act structure.
  • I provide the author with a template to plug in major and minor turning points of their book, and I use that as a reference when I read the story for myself.

Examples of issues I scan for in my story assessments:

-superfluous characters/points of view

-vague setting

-sagging middle

-scenes that "float"

-forced or unnatural dialogue

-ultra-long narrative or exposition

-low tension

Don't worry--you'll have great stuff in there too and I'll be sure to point it out!

I will read, review, and send you an assessment letter detailing your story's strengths and weaknesses. I will point out which elements need tightening or clarification. I’ll flag possible plot holes, loose threads, and implausibilities.

My story assessment will arm you with information and inspiration to help you pivot toward your next step. This is a great opportunity for you to take some time away from a draft, as mental and physical breaks from projects are vital.

Please note: this is a big-picture assessment that focuses mainly on structure, plot, and character arcs. This type of assessment does not include scene level feedback.

If you are looking for more in-depth help, please ask me about my content, developmental, or copy editing services.


Reach out to book a complimentary call!

kate@katejohnstonauthor.com

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