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Author Services

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.     

Price: $150

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!

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