The SWWJ manuscript appraisal service is open to ALL, although preferential rates will be offered to SWWJ members and Friends of the Society.
Please note that all communications and financial arrangements are agreed and conducted on an individual basis between you and your appraiser. The SWWJ has no direct involvement in the appraisal process and, while it has every faith in the ability and integrity of its appraisals team, the Society takes no responsibility in the event of a dispute.
Manuscript appraisal service
All the writers and tutors in our appraisals team are full members of the SWWJ with many years of professional experience and expertise to offer. Whether you are new to writing, keen to improve your skills, ready to try for publication for the first time, or just want to take a change of direction by exploring a new genre, a member of our team is ready, willing and available to guide you.
Each of us works in our own way, and every mission we accept will be different too. That’s why we are not going to quote a ‘one size fits all’ fee! You may want an expert eye cast over a single poem or a few pages of fiction, you may be just putting a tentative toe in the waters with your first play, or you may need much more in-depth and ongoing help with a full-length project, so why not tell us about it and see what we can do to help?
Just contact your chosen member of the appraisals team direct, using the contact details below, for a FREE initial chat about your requirements and expectations and to agree a fee before you start. We know there are other critique services out there, but we are confident that the service we offer is second to none… and that our fees are not only fair but also highly competitive. If you don’t feel happy for any reason, there is no obligation to go any further.
Meet our appraisals team
Fay is a widely-published and prize-winning poet with three of her own collections and a booklet ‘Poetry Guidelines’ in publication. She has written how-to articles, run workshops and been an adjudicator, reviewer and editorial panellist. She is a former Poetry Representative for the SWWJ and regional representative for the Poetry Society. She is also Poetry Editor for Scriptora, the SWWJ’s assisted publishing venture. Please contact Fay by email in the first instance: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doris is an experienced poet, tutor and Writing Magazine columnist, and a SWWJ Poetry Consultant. Doris is willing to read/critique and give free informal advice to SWWJ members about their poetry in progress. You can contact her by email on email@example.com
An award-winning author with 21 books to her name which include children's novels, romance and non-fiction. She has also had more than 1,000 magazine and newspaper articles published. She is a former feature writer for the Coventry Telegraph and now works as a full time freelance writer and author. She runs writing classes and regularly does author visits to schools running workshops and giving talks. She is a contributor to a number of different magazines and is currently working on a crime novel, a romance and a YA novel. You can find out more about Ann by looking at her website. Please email enquiries and a sample of your work (maximum of 3000 words or opening chapter and synopsis) as a MS Word or RTF attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Emailed critiques will be completed using MS Word's Mark-up system, together with a summary.
Roberta is a published novelist of eight full length novels and seven pocket novels (later re-issued as large print paperbacks) with two more books due out in 2015. She also writes short stories and magazine articles. You can find out more by visiting her website. Roberta can offer appraisal and advice on novel plotting, as well as on layout, synopsis and covering letter. She can accept full length or partial manuscripts. Fees to be negotiated, depending on length. Email enquiries to Roberta at Robgrieve@msn.com.