Manuscript Assessment For Self-Publishing Writers

Professional assessment of your book

Submit your book for assessment

What You Get With Manuscript Assessment


Our experienced book editors will provide a professional and independent editorial assessment of your book. It makes no matter what stage of development you are at, we will give you the feedback you need to lift your book to the next level.


Our manuscript assessment will look closely at your story and provide feedback on the key elements. These include: plot, story, narrative arc, flow, readability, characterization, style and even the suitability for target readership.


Feel like your story has lost direction? Not happy with the start? Perhaps readers have told you they don’t like the end? Maybe you are just not sure what to do next to lift your story to a publishable standard. Our assessment will give you the answers you need.

Good Enough?

You’ve written your book but you are just not sure if it is good enough. Yeah, you family and friends love it, but they’d love anything. Our honest manuscript assessment will provide you a clear indication of the best options you have for your book and its publication.

Traditional publishing?

You’ve done the hard work in getting the story down on paper, but you now want to polish the edges before letting publishers and agents see your work. Our manuscript assessment will give you clear and actionable steps that need to be taken to prepare your book for pitching.


You’ve already decided to self-publish but want to know what’s wrong with your story before embarking on the next step. Our manuscript assessment will provide a detailed list of what needs fixing in your story, and, more importantly, how this can be achieved.

Cost of Manuscript Assessment

$15 per 1000 words

Why BubbleCow for Manuscript Assessment?

The manuscript assessment service will see one of our experienced editors reading your book and creating a detailed editor’s report.

The editor will look to identify any issues with the manuscript and provide a detailed explanation of the problem and the possible solution. They will also work hard to pin point the strengths of your book, allowing you to see what’s working well, in addition to what’s not working so well.

They will provide annotations within the manuscript that will highlight the location of potential problems and help you to see where the additional work is required. These annotations will be used in conjunction with the editor’s report to guide your rewrite.

The result is a compelling report that will allow you to understand what needs fixing and the steps you need to take to lift your manuscript to the next level.

What's Assessed?

  • Plot holes.
  • Unconvincing dialogue.
  • Over explanation.
  • Narrative arc.
  • Story structure.
  • Pacing.
  • Characterisation.
  • Passive action.
  • Narrative summary (the author's voice).
  • Redundant scenes.
  • Character motivation.
  • Inconsistency in all areas.
  • Tense problems.
  • Timelines.
  • Fact checking.

Common Questions

At what stage in the writing process is it best to submit for an assessment?

The best answer is ‘when you are stuck’! Most writers tend to submit at the end of the first draft phase, though we can add value throughout the writing process.

Can I talk to my editor?

We are a small team of three editors and we are always open to discussing your book. The best way to do this is either via email or to book a free consultation. We can set this up either once you have your assessment or before the process starts.

How long will the assessment take?

Your book will be back to you within twenty-eight business days. However, when you are thinking about submitting drop us an email and we can give you a more accurate timeframe. Most assessments are returned to the writer within a couple of weeks.

What will my assessment look like?

Your assessment is tailored to your book. It will consist of a reader’s report. This is a Word document, often in access of twenty pages (though it can run to double this!). This report will contain all of the problems and explanations. In addition, your manuscript will contain annotations and comments, designed to help you locate and fix problems.

Is there a minimum charge?

We tend to stick to a minimum word count of 15,000 words. However, if your book is shorter, just drop us a line.

Will you assess all books?

No. We don’t assess cookbooks, poetry, short stories or highly technical non-fiction.

Do you accept card payments?

Yes. We use PayPal as a payment gateway but you don’t need a PayPal account. This means we can accept just about any credit or debit card.

Do you offer payment plans?

In most cases, we ask for payment at the start of the editorial process. However, it is possible to split your payment into one, two or three chunks. Just let us know that you are after a payment plan and we’ll work out something that works for everyone.

M. T. M. Driscoll

“I was really pleased with the professional way my book was handled by BubbleCow. As they promised, I received my edit within 28 days, and while I was waiting I also received very useful information about how to deal with the edit and the report when my manuscript was returned. The proofread was extremely helpful to me, flagging up areas that needed extra work or in some cases just a little tweaking. I would have no hesitation in recommending BubbleCow. I will certainly be using them for the next book in the series.”

Andrew Smith

“Bubblecow did a good job for me, delivering a copy edit and a proofread. I found the way they delivered the manuscript – as a word doc with tracked changes and comments, particularly helpful. Having access to the documents in my own area on the website was also a big plus. I’d recommend Bubblecow for these services.”

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