One of the fastest ways to get feedback on your completed manuscript is through a critique by an editorial professional. At the most basic level, a manuscript critique involves an editor reading the entire work and then providing feedback, either written or verbal. The critique identifies any problems, weaknesses, and inconsistencies in content, structure, and style, as well as suggestions on fixing these issues. If your manuscript is fiction or memoir, the critique also evaluates conflict, tension, character development, dialogue, plot, and scene development.
Requesting a manuscript critique can be a good way to see if you have chemistry with an editor you’d like to hire for developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, or proofreading.