First Chapter Critique
Are you interested in a budget-friendly way to receive feedback on your manuscript? Consider a first chapter critique!
The first chapter or opening scene of any novel carries a very heavy load. Story-wise, it must provide enough information about the point-of-view character’s current circumstances that readers, agents, or editors feel oriented, and that they can read on with confidence. Craft-wise, every manuscript has both strengths and weaknesses – areas that could benefit from additional work – and Chapter One is where those issues first tend to show up.
Want some feedback on your all-important first chapter? I’d love to help.
Feedback areas include characterization, setting/world-building, plot, genre, story conflict, pacing, grammar, mechanics, and anything else that catches Tamara’s eye.
The Small Print
Open to: The opening chapter(s) of your book-length genre fiction novel, YA or Adult.
Word Limit and Formatting Considerations: 5000 words maximum, which is approximately 20 double-spaced pages using 1” margins and 12 pt. font. Please provide your chapter in Microsoft Word format.
Feedback: Feedback is provided via notes made within your manuscript, and by an editorial letter reflecting Tamara’s overall impressions of your manuscript’s strengths and development areas.
Space is Limited! My writing and teaching commitments are such that I can only accept a limited number of feedback requests per month. For this reason, I require a 50% deposit to reserve your spot on my calendar.
Interested in more information? Contact me!