Freelance editor Alison Arnold is offering manuscript assessments during Speculate 19. These are 60 minute one-on-one sessions in which Alison will provide detailed feedback on the first 1,500 words of your manuscript.
The opening of your novel is what hooks readers, so it’s important to get it right. An assessment of the first 1,500 words of your manuscript will help identify any opportunities to improve and refine that opening to give your manuscript a better chance of being read by publishers.
The session will cover an assessment of your writing style, genre, characterisation, voice, narrative flow, and where your manuscript sits in the Australian marketplace, as well as answering any queries you may have. After this session, you will have a clearer idea of where to go next with your manuscript.
The 60 minute assessments will take place on Friday, 15 March at Gasworks Arts Park during the Workshop Day. For those also attending a full-day workshop, we will work with you to try and minimise disruption to your workshop. Assessments numbers are strictly limited, so we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.
Once you’ve purchased your assessment, email your 1,500 word sample to hello@SpecFic.com.au. All manuscript samples must be received by Friday, 1 March.
Alison Arnold is an editor and writer, who spent many years in house before going freelance. She has edited many bestsellers and award-winners over the past twenty years, including Carole Wilkinson’s Dragonkeeper, Raimond Gaita’s After Romulus, and Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project. With Cath Crowley, she runs writing retreats focusing on the wellbeing of creative people, and how creative practices can be better supported. She has taught creative writing at RMIT and Federation University.
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