Workshop

$75.00$325.00

The Book Pipeline Workshop provides a broad analysis of your unpublished work.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

Evaluation Services

After registration, authors must submit the following, depending on the type of service selected:

Fiction

  • Name
  • Title
  • Word count of full manuscript (if available)
  • Age Category
  • Genre
  • Full synopsis (1-3 pages) + first 5,000 words (appx.); attach as Word or PDF doc

Nonfiction

  • Name
  • Title
  • Word count of full manuscript (if available)
  • Age Category
  • Genre
  • Full proposal; attach as Word or PDF doc

Full Synopsis Only

  • Name
  • Title
  • Word count of full manuscript (if available)
  • Age Category
  • Genre
  • Full synopsis (1-3 pages); attach as Word or PDF doc

Note: Only works of fiction are eligible for this service.

Query Letter 

  • Name
  • Title
  • Word count of full manuscript (if available)
  • Age Category
  • Genre
  • Full query letter (1 page); attach as Word or PDF doc

Note: Unlike the Fiction, Nonfiction, and Full Synopsis Only services, the Query Letter service offers in-document edits on your one-page query letter, in addition to a one-paragraph summary of the editor’s overall feedback.


View sample Evaluations from the “Samples” tab above.

For material we feel is circulation-ready, Book Pipeline can help connect authors with literary agents and publishers in our industry network. Please note that “Full Synopsis Only” and “Query Letter” submissions are NOT considered for industry circulation.

Current turnaround time: 4-8 business days

Questions: email our coordinator

ABOUT THE BOOK PIPELINE WORKSHOP

Established in 1999, the Script Pipeline Workshop is one of the longest-running story notes services in the film and television industry, offering feedback on screenplays, pilots, and pitches. Launched in 2021, the Book Pipeline 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 Workshop Evaluation can aid a writer struggling with the first draft—an 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, proposals, and synopses. 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 Workshop 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:

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.


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.

More about me:
My first “job” was volunteering at my hometown library, and since then I’ve been pretty obsessed with stories and the words that build them. My BA and MA are both in literature, I’ve taught composition classes, I’ve interned at university press, I freelance various editing services, and I (actually, for real) work at a library now. Words are and have always been magical to me.
What is my favorite genre? 
I tend to attract a lot of YA/J manuscripts, as well as sci-fi/fantasy. I’m a huge fan of mystery and historical fiction. One thing in particular I really enjoy is working with “young” writers, and I think (hope!) I have a talent for helping them find both specific and general things to focus their revision efforts on.
Why work with authors?
Seeing the different worlds and people they create or allow us access to! Writers are infinitely innovative people, and I'm always surprised by the things they create.
Any editing pet peeves?
I have a few, haha. In no particular order: thesaurus words (using a word that's technically a synonym but doesn't mean what you need it to), excessively long and detailed synopsis (it’s your “thirty seconds,” be direct), stereotypical and/or caricature characters (*particularly* when they're of historically marginalized peoples).
The beauty and draw of professional creative work is the unique combination of efficiency and grace. It’s worth the time and mental effort of both paying attention to details and thinking big-picture.
Any tips for receiving feedback?
Take a deep breath and read the feedback carefully and objectively. Editors aren't going to put it gently, and you don't want them to! You want them to plainly say what’s working and what’s not. Sometimes that means we are a little assertive and straightforward— I know I can be lol. Our goal is always, always to help your work be better than it currently is. We have high expectations, but if we believe in you and your work.
Any tips for revising?
Play with it! I know you've worked hard to get it just so, and you might even feel like it's perfect. But play around with things! If an editor says something isn't working, turn it on its head, flip it on its side, pull it inside out. Even if you discover a handful of other ways it doesn't work, you'll still discover important things about it, about the work it's in, and about your writing— and maybe even find a better way to revise the original writing. You’re already creating something out of thin air; make sure it’s truly magical by experimenting as much as you can.
Anything you wish you had known before becoming an editor?
For Pipeline: How attached I would get to some of these characters! There are so many fascinating characters and settings that I only get a glimpse of and then I wonder and wonder how the story turned out.
Generally: How many rabbit holes I’d run down looking for random information. Every MS I’ve read I’ve felt the need to search out something, whether it’s for a fact-check or sheer curiosity.

Karen Krumpak

Karen Krumpak is a freelance editor with over ten years of experience helping writers bring their ideas to the page. She received her MA degree in English Literature and Culture Studies from the University of Cincinnati and her undergraduate degrees in English Literature, History, and Classical Languages focusing on Latin from Miami University. A former editor with Writer’s Digest magazine and Writer’s Digest books, she now works with publishers and authors of fiction, nonfiction, and select poetry.


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.

View Evaluation samples (titles and author names removed for privacy):

Sample A

Sample B

Sample C

Sample: Query Letter

"Book Pipeline offers a great service for those who would like to get a pulse on their projects before solicitation. The editor's remarks were clear, concise and very insightful. The evaluation took careful consideration of the pitch and also offered contextual advice on voice and emotional content of the writing itself. Very pleased with the service, especially the short turnaround."

Vincent Robert Annunziato

"Thank you so much for the manuscript evaluation you provided for me for my unpublished novel, Giant Steps. I was really impressed with how quickly the feedback was provided. The evaluation was encouraging and also highlighted areas of concern in a supportive manner."

—Benjamin Fussiner

"Book Pipeline's evaluation was thorough, thoughtful, and full of actionable insights to help make my novel better. The review was on time and my follow-up questions were answered immediately. Not only was it money well spent, but I now can't imagine what I would have done without this valuable input."

—Gary Goldhammer

"Thank you Book Pipeline for your clear and constructive comments on the first chapter of book 2 of The Sheffrou Trilogy. New eyes on the text shed new light and I appreciate the fact that you made specific suggestions as this will help to improve my writing."
Cami Michaels

"The Book Pipeline team is responsive, organized, and supportive. The editor’s perceptive and encouraging feedback proved invaluable! The writing critiques opened my eyes to problematic issues but offered solutions and examples to move forward in the editing process. If an author wants to know where their work is headed, this is a great investment."

—Paige le Mont

“Book Pipeline provided me with a highly insightful manuscript evaluation. I was particularly impressed by her sense for my book’s market potential and who might its target audience be. In terms of my manuscript content, she shared a lot of encouraging feedback on what worked well but also made some very perceptive observations/suggestions that my three prior highly qualified editors had not made. It’s amazing how much constructive commentary she could provide just based on the synopsis and first 5000 words of the manuscript. I happily recommend this service.”

—Richard C. Lin, Author of Arizona Awakening: A Memoir of Romance, Race, and Redemption

"I truly appreciated the Book Pipeline’s Workshop for manuscript evaluation. The editor’s notes were insightful and provided me with useful suggestions for revisions. I especially valued her comments about one of the characters and plot structure."

Rick Niece, Ph.D.

“I was thrilled to get this critique, and feel hopeful about my writing again. I have sent this book to many, many agents with no luck. My deepest thanks to the editor for their professional insights.”

—Laurie Lokken Reese

“The Book Pipeline review turned out to be more helpful than I expected. I received thoughtful notes and a careful review. It never ceases to amaze me how an objective reader can find problems or errors with your story that you’ve missed after dozens of rewrites.”

—Eric Vasallo

"Book Pipeline's manuscript evaluation service was incredibly valuable to me and helped to clearly identify the strengths and weaknesses of my literary manuscript. The constructive feedback gave me a greater understanding of what still needs to be done to catch the eye of a literary agent, while simultaneously highlighting the positives of what I've already accomplished. To hear this insight from a skilled editor was motivating for me. Beyond this, both the editor and the executive team were prompt and helpful with all additional questions I had. I would definitely recommend this service to any writer needing assistance on their publishing journey."

—Anonymous

"I found Book Pipeline's Workshop evaluation to be spot-on! The editor's critique, which highlighted the inherent flaws in the beginning of my manuscript, was both thoughtful and insightful. Thank you Book Pipeline for your objective evaluation."

—Anonymous

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." You'll receive a confirmation email with further info after registering.

What are the benefits of a Workshop Evaluation? 

Our Workshop Evaluations provide 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 an Evaluation.

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

For Nonfiction Evaluations (including Memoir), the editors will review the full proposal.

For Full Synopsis Only Evaluations, the editors will review the full synopsis (1-3 pages).

For Query Letter Evaluations, the editors will review the full query letter (1 page).

Can a Workshop Evaluation 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.

Please note that “Full Synopsis Only” and “Query Letter” submissions are NOT considered for industry circulation. 

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 materials 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?

It 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 can send an overview summary of the entire series.

What should I include in my proposal?

While nonfiction proposals can vary widely in both length and content, generally included are (but not necessarily in this order): a general overview; the book’s potential position in the marketplace; the author’s platform/background; relevant comparative, already-published titles; a plan for marketing the book; a chapter-by-chapter outline; and sample chapters.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and it's highly advised to seek out samples so you can properly structure your proposal.

What should I include in my query letter?

While query letters can vary in content, generally included in this 1 page document are (but not necessarily in this order): the book’s title; word count of full manuscript; genre; age category; a brief story “hook;” an author bio/introduction; and its potential position in the marketplace. 

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and it's highly advised to seek out samples so you can properly structure your query letter.

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.

What is not eligible?

Novellas, Short Stories, Poetry, Plays, Graphic Novels, Screenplays, Pilots, or anything else that is not an unpublished, full-length work of fiction or nonfiction.

Contact our coordinator with any other questions.

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