This is Cressida Downing’s penultimate blog on Writers’ & Artists’ editorial services.  This week she focuses on the Midway Review.  Watch out for her tips for all authors, too

What is the service?

So, you’ve finished your novel, done some preliminary editing… but have no idea if the book hangs together as a whole, or what level you’re writing at.  This is where the Midway Review service comes into play.  

All you need to do is send in a two page synopsis, and the main bulk of your novel (from around 55-65,000 words).

What do you get out of it?

Within three weeks you get a 5-10 page report that will comprehensively examine your style, characterization, submission techniques, and also how the plot develops throughout the whole novel.

After you’ve received the report, you can then book in a 30 minute call with your editor to go over things and ask further questions that have arisen as a result of the feedback you’ve received.

Who is looking at your work?

A professional editor with years of relevant experience.

What’s unique about this service?

Looking at the whole novel will enable the editor to pull together all your strongest elements, and suggest ways to make your work more effective.  Again, an incisive report is followed by a phone call, which often raises some very interesting issues and gives the author a plan to take forward.

Top Tip:

Make a list of questions before you take the phone call.  Having notes will help you remember all the points you wanted to raise.  Don’t be scared to talk to the editor – they are genuinely interested in getting the best out of your work and will happily lead the conversation if you’d like them to!

Useful for all authors:

Word limits.  They’re there for a reason in traditional publishing.  The more pages a publisher has to print, the more the unit cost of the book goes up.  I used to work next to the production department, and they hold the final say in a lot of publishing companies.  Even if the editor loves the book, if the sums don’t work – they don’t work.

The one area this doesn’t apply to, however, is e-books, as there are no printing costs.  Do consider your reader, though.  How long will they stick with your story?  Make sure you give them enough to keep the pages turning!

Click here for more information about how to sign up for the Midway Review service.

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