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Manuscript assessment

Before submitting to a publisher or agent, many writers find it beneficial to have their manuscript read by an independent reader. This may be someone you know, but is more likely to be someone you find in a writers group, or via an organisation like Writers SA.

Writers SA offers writers access to a professional, independent reading and assessment service. All our assessors are industry professionals, with many years experience in reading, assessing, reviewing, representing and publishing manuscripts.

Genres include:

  • Fiction (long and short form) – all genres
  • Poetry
  • Children and YA
  • Non fiction (long and short form)

What you can expect:

You will receive a written report 6 weeks after payment that will provide feedback outlining specific strengths and weakness, with a focus on plot, pacing, style, character, setting, voice and dialogue. It may also provide information on potential markets, readership and publishers, and constructive feedback on how the manuscript can be improved.

Writers SA will match your manuscript with the most appropriate assessor.

What you won’t get:

This service is not about connecting you with an agent or publisher. Indeed, there is little evidence that a positive assessment attached to a submission to a publisher has any influence at all. This service is about getting independent professional advice on your writing and the development of your writing, and about getting the best possible manuscript prior to submission.

This service is also not an editing/proofreading service. If you require assistance with grammar, formatting etc., try the Society of Editors.

Other Services:

Pre-submission Assessment
Once your manuscript is ready for submission, you need to spend time perfecting your pitch. While all publishers and agents have their own submission guidelines, we can give you general assessment of your synopsis, cover letter, biography and first chapter (or chapter outline if your manuscript is nonfiction.) Both synopsis and cover letter should each be no longer than one page.

Personal Consultations
Writers SA offers thirty minute face to face or Skype consultations. This is for guidance and advice on ways to achieve your writing goals, or as a follow up to a written assessment.

To apply for a manuscript assessment, and for costs and submission guidelines, please contact us at


Our assessors are highly experienced industry professionals.

If you have a script that you wish to have assessed, please refer to the Australian Writers Guild’s script assessment service.


“The manuscript assessment process was quick, easy and simple. I was surprised at how well the feedback was structured. It covered everything from point of view, structure and even the style I was looking for in improving my manuscript. I will be telling my friends how amazing it was.”

– Zia Westerman

“Getting help from Aislinn Kearns (and my previous mentor Anne Bartlett) has been invaluable, particularly as my nomadic life has meant I haven’t been able to tap into a local, regular writing group. Having Aislinn’s feedback has been crucial in furthering the writing of my first book. She answered all my questions, read my manuscript with these in mind, wrote a comprehensive critique relating to the areas I was concerned with and pinpointed exactly where I may have been ‘stuck.’ She offered suggestions in a clear and respectful manner and offered possible scenarios to help with the pace and flow of my manuscript. I spoke to her twice on the phone and she was very encouraging. We were able to discuss character, plot and various forms of publishing in a relaxed way. I felt as if I were having a comfy chat with a literary pal! She also kept checking in with me to ensure she was answering my questions. Aislinn provided me with some great short and long-term writing tips and gave me a pat on the back for being on the right writing track! The experience was well worth the money.”

– Fiona Black