Manuscript Evaluation


The Book Pipeline Manuscript Evaluation provides a broad analysis of the first 5,000 words and the synopsis/general overview of your unpublished work. Both fiction and nonfiction accepted.

Strengths and weaknesses of the material are critiqued in the following categories:

  • Concept / Marketability
  • Plot / Structure / Characters
  • Voice
  • Mechanics
  • Emotional Resonance

View sample Manuscript Evaluation from the "Samples" tab above.

Authors can submit the following:

- Title
- Word count of full manuscript
- Genre
- Fiction: full story synopsis (1-3 pages) + first 5,000 words (appx.)
- Nonfiction: general overview (1-3 pages) + first 5,000 words (appx.)

For material we feel is circulation-ready, Book Pipeline can help connect authors with literary agents and publishers in our industry network.

Suggested For: Early or final drafts; fiction and nonfiction, including nonfiction book proposals

Current turnaround time: 4-8 business days

Questions: email our coordinator


Established in 1999, the Script Pipeline Workshop is one of the longest-running story notes services in the industry, offering feedback on screenplays, pilots, and pitches for film and television. Launched in 2021, Book Pipeline's Workshop offers the same advantage to novelists and nonfiction writers, providing a crucial second set of eyes before submitting to an agent or publisher. A Manuscript Evaluation can aid a writer struggling with the first draftan opportunity to identify issues early and save you countless hours of rewrites.

Book Pipeline is also one of the only services that considers submissions for direct circulation to leading literary agents and publishers, as well as additional, no-cost, long-term development to authors we feel are supremely talented.

All readers are comprised of our in-house editors who have years of experience in reading manuscripts and proposals. Whether authors are beginners or professionals, they'll benefit from the expertise of this small, seasoned group of execs. 

Learn more about Script Pipeline and Pipeline Media.

Our Book Pipeline editors have decades of experience working with authors, evaluating stories and preparing them for submission to agents, publishers, or for self-publishing.

Current editors include:

Mara Raden

Mara Raden is a pen for hire, often engaged professionally as a writer, teacher, consultant and filmmaker. She has over twenty years of experience working in publishing, journalism, theatre, television and film. Mara has extensive experience in writing and editing nonfiction, fiction, science fiction and journalism for print as well as media. She specializes in consulting and mentoring writers in narrative storytelling, character development, comedy and dialogue for print and media. Mara is a sought after ghostwriter and mentor. She can be found presently, writing, teaching, hosting workshops and developing projects in literature, media and for the stage in Santa Fe, NM and Los Angeles, CA. Her approach to writing and development is deeply collaborative.

Jessica Eslinger

Jessica Eslinger is part editor and part librarian—a thorough word nerd! She has copywriting, content writing, and editing experience with a variety of formats and clients, and is always excited and curious about the way we say what we say. She has extensive experience with “young” writers, and has thus developed a knack for helping writers of all levels with strategy and clarity.

Erica Davis

Erica Davis is a freelance editor and writer from Buffalo, NY. After a twenty-year career as an academic editor, researcher, and college writing instructor, Erica honed her editorial feedback skills in publishing. First, as an assistant editor at Entangled Publishing, then as an agency apprentice at Fuse Literary. Her specialty is the development of plot, voice, and tone in middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Her approach to feedback is holistic and solutions-based. When she’s not editing, Erica interviews authors and reviews books for a global resource site for horror writers.

Ciara Duggan

Ciara Duggan graduated with her MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University where she worked as a writing fellow, editing students’ academic and creative works, and later taught undergraduate writing courses. She has freelanced as an editor and ghostwriter for fiction writers and screenwriters alike, in addition to tutoring ESL students wishing to attend college in the US. She now works at Harvard University where she assists in editing faculty research cases and articles for popular distribution. Her debut YA fantasy novel is set to be published in Fall 2021. Not only does she write her own stories, but she loves to help other writers translate their ideas to the page.

View samples of Manuscript Evaluations (titles and author names removed for privacy):

Sample A

Sample B

Sample C

How do I submit?

Fill out the required fields on the right-hand column of this page, continue to the next page, indicate your payment details, and click "submit." Files may be sent by email or uploaded during this registration process. You'll receive a confirmation email with further info after registering.

What are the benefits of a manuscript evaluation? 

Our Manuscript Evaluation provides the second set of eyes you need on your writing before submitting to an agent or publisher. An evaluation can also aid a writer struggling with the first draft to flesh out story and character issues early, saving you countless hours of rewrites. 

Can I request a specific editor?

Yes, authors may request a specific editor amongst those listed in the Editors tab. Note that availability may be limited, depending on their individual schedules.

Do I need a completed manuscript?

Manuscripts do not have to be completed to request a Manuscript Evaluation.

For fiction, the editors review the first ~5,000 words plus the full story synopsis (1-3 pages).

For nonfiction work, the editors will review the first ~5,000 words plus the full general overview (1-3 pages).

Can the Manuscript Evaluation service lead to agent/publisher circulation?

If one of our editors recommends your work to Book Pipeline executives, we'll consider circulation to publishers and agents within our industry network.

We also work long-term with writers and assist them in finding the outlets most well-suited for their story. Note that Book Pipeline does not take a percentage of any publication fee or advance, nor do we personally represent authors. We simply help make introductions to industry.

How should I format my submission?

Standard formatting is preferable:

  • 12-point, double-spaced text
  • Standard font—Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier

PDF or Word docs only. Do not send your synopsis/general overview and sample in the body of the email. Attachments only, please. Hardcopies via mail are not reviewed.

If my submission is a few hundred words over the 5,000 word limit, is that okay?

That's completely fine. If you want to send in selected text—say, the first two chapters—and a natural break occurs around 6,000 words, that's acceptable.

What should I include in my synopsis/general overview?

For fiction, the synopsis should be a general summary of the story, hitting on the major plot points, beginning to end. If you have part one of a broader series, you could send an overview summary of the entire series.

For nonfiction, the general overview should illuminate the book's potential position in the marketplace, the author's platform/background, and relevant comparative, already-published titles, in addition to providing the overarching details of your work's subject/narrative.

Essentially, for both fiction and nonfiction, we need to get an idea of the complete project's conceptual and narrative scope. This, combined with the writing sample, will help us evaluate your work. It's highly advised to seek out synopsis/general overview samples for guidance on proper structuring.

Can international writers submit?

Yes, 100%. Writers outside the US are welcome to submit their work for critique, so long as the text is in English.

Contact our coordinator with any other questions.


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