Manuscript Assessment Service

Have you written a manuscript you feel is ‘the one’?

Have you been over it again and again and you’re not sure what to do next?

Have you have slaved, bled and agonised over your current manuscript and feel it’s time to let your book baby take its first precarious steps into the world of children’s publishing?

But is it ready?

For your work to stand alongside others seeking a publishing contract, it needs to have any weaknesses ironed out. In a saturated market, it must be strong among the competition, your voice clear and unique.

Distractions from your plot line need to be cut. Dialogue needs to flow, and every word needs to earn its place. Editing is hard, but it is crucial to ensure success. Removing that piece of text you thought was your strongest or cutting characters from your story if they don’t help to move it along can be emotionally challenging.

After receiving numerous requests from authors to read their work, Creative Kids Tales has expanded its resources and now offers manuscript assessments.

Through the Creative Kids Tales Manuscript Assessment Service you will be provided with vital feedback regarding your manuscript’s plot, structure, characters and voice so that you may improve your work.

While the opinions of your family and friends are always nice, they’ll not give you the necessary feedback you need to grow. The last thing a potential publisher wants to hear is how much your family loved your manuscript, and telling them this is harmful.

  • For Picture Book submissions – we’ll provide a feedback sheet and detailed report on your manuscript. Please note, all feedback is the opinion of the assessors only and does not guarantee acceptance by a publisher.
  • For Junior Fiction, Chapter Book or Middle Grade assessments – we’ll provide a detailed report and manuscript mark-ups.
  • For Junior Fiction, Chapter Book or Middle Grade assessments, we invite you to include your synopsis and cover letter. We’ll offer feedback on these too.
  • We’ll identify weaknesses within your manuscript and point out your strengths.
  • We’ll analyse language appropriateness in relation to the intended age of the reader.
  • We’ll comment on basic grammar/spelling. It is recommended that before submitting your manuscript to a publisher, in particular for books other than picture books, you engage the services of a proof-reader or editor.
  • Picture Book = allow up to 4 weeks
  • Early Reader/Chapter Books = allow up to 5 weeks
  • Junior Novel = allow up to 7 weeks
  • Middle Grade Novel = allow up to 10 weeks

Novels over 35,000 words can be negotiated via email.

  • The cover page must contain the Author’s Name, contact information, the title of the manuscript and word count.
  • The Author’s name and the title of manuscript must appear in the header of each page.
  • Page x of y must appear in the page footer, bottom right.
  • The manuscript must be submitted in 12 point Times New Roman font with left justification, double-spaced with an indent to indicate new paragraphs.
  • Please ensure there is a 3cm margin at the top, bottom, left and right of each page.
  • Please submit as a Word document and not PDF.
  • Picture Book (up to 600 words) = $119
  • Early Reader/Chapter Books (up to 3,000 words) = $169
  • Junior Novel (up to 10,000 words) = $255
  • Middle Grade Novel (up to 35,000 words) = $370

Novels over 35,000 words can be negotiated via email.

‘No refunds once we have begun assessing your manuscript.’

Direct deposit: St George Bank
BSB: 112 879
Account name: Georgie Donaghey
Account number: 441568339

Attach proof of payment with your submission.

  • Manuscripts must be submitted by email only as a Word document.
  • The target audience for your manuscript should be no older than 13 years. Please specify your target audience in the body of your submission email.
  • An email query should be sent prior to any manuscript being sent.

‘No refunds once we have begun assessing your manuscript.’

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