Writing Critique Service


Have you written a novel, novella, short story, memoir or travelogue and you’d like someone else’s opinion on how to improve it?

Are you considering entering a competition or submitting to an agent?

I can provide an objective critique of your work, looking at voice, language, structure and style. I will also review your manuscript for spelling and grammatical errors, and those annoying little typos we ALL miss in our own work!

Details and prices below, please contact me for a no-obligation chat. Concessions are available for writers on low income. 

Opening extract (up to 5000 words) + synopsis – £50

Short story (up to 5000 words) – £50

Longer extract or longer short story (up to 10,000 words) – £100

**New** Novel submission package: detailed feedback on your cover letter, synopsis and opening chapters – £125

Full novel / book read (up to 100,000 words) + synopsis* – new price £350

Longer novel / book read (>100,000 words)* – price on application

*Includes optional phone/Skype call to discuss your manuscript once you’ve received your feedback.

I will send your critique within 4 weeks of receiving the manuscript (shorter timescale for short stories and extracts).

Contact me via twitter or by email at joannabarnard76@gmail.com

Client testimonials:

“Jo’s insight into my manuscript was invaluable. Not only did she help me to understand how to make my work shine, she sparked a whole new way into the story and made me excited about the project again. If you want to make an old, dusty project feel shiny and new, talk to Jo!” – Melissa Welliver, author of The Undying Tower

“I would highly recommend Joanna’s critique service. She provided a detailed and insightful report, clearly highlighting strengths and areas for development. She also offered great suggestions and was happy to answer any questions. She really took the time to not just read but really understand the story, which was a very important point for me. I will definitely use her services again in the future.” – L Van Rensburg, author of Nobody But Us

“Joanna’s critique was both in-depth and insightful, giving a very clear analysis of the aspects that were working and those that needed improvement. She came up with great ideas on how to improve my novel, and also carried out a detailed line-edit. A joy to work with.” – S Coombs

“Thank you for reading my novel so carefully, and for commenting so sensitively at all levels. I felt reassured that I was in the hands of an expert teacher and editor as well as a prizewinning author.” – JA

“Brilliant service offered and would use again.” – C Openshaw

“I was incredibly lucky that Joanna read my ms last year. Her insight is worth every cent…Best money I spent last year. I wish I had engaged you sooner.” – S Reisman

“Excellent critique. It contained well thought through, constructive and creative suggestions for improvement that I found very helpful. You paid great attention to my manuscript and engaged with the story.” – M Bloom


About Me: I am a published novelist and creative writing tutor and workshop leader. I have a Creative Writing MA and am a freelance proofreader. I also work as a counsellor and live in Surrey with my young son.