“5 for $25” Manuscript Critique

Finishing a writing project is a feat worthy of celebration. But is your essay, article, or book ready to submit to an educator, college/university, editor, or publishing house? The answer lies in the first pages of your manuscript.

In fact, many industry professionals contend that any strengths or weaknesses in a manuscript are apparent in the first five pages.* As a writing mentor and coach who has worked with numerous aspiring and intermediate writers, I have discovered this to be true.

Actually, I have found that most manuscript errors are evident from page one!

Because a writer is unaware of those mistakes, he or she continues making them throughout the manuscript. Thus, by page five a pattern of errors has emerged that causes reader frustration and/or rejection.

The result?

  • Schools reject candidates because of poor writing samples (essays, portfolios, etc.).
  • Educators reject assigned projects, or reduce grades.
  • Editors reject articles and books.
  • Agents decide not to represent authors.
  • Writers self-publish books, but can’t sell them.
  • Publishing dreams die.

That’s the bad news.

The good news?


For only $25 (US), I will provide a comprehensive review of your first five pages (up to 1,200 words). (Page and word count are based on a typed, double-spaced document with 12-point font.) Yes, I review fiction. Yes, I review nonfiction. NOTE: I do not review erotica or similar topics/themes. I do not review sci-fi, horror, or speculative fiction.

 That’s right: 5 pages for just $25! This is a limited time, promotional price. So, order your “5 for $25” critique today!! 


A similar critique could cost you up to several hundred dollars. For this introductory promotion, I am offering it at only $25 for one reason: affordability. I wanted to eliminate any excuse you may have for not getting your manuscript professionally reviewed. It is my gift to you. It is a form of community service, and another way I use my talents to benefit others.


  • Students.
  • Struggling scribes.
  • Aspiring writers.
  • Writers switching genres.
  • Educators.
  • Business professionals.
  • Religious leaders.
  • Self-published authors.
  • Others seeking feedback on troublesome manuscripts.


For your individualized “5 for $25” manuscript critique you will receive feedback about your:

  1. Manuscript strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Theme/idea/thesis execution.
  3. Project construction/organization.
  4. Mechanics (grammar, word usage, and other writing mechanics).
  5. Suggestions for improvement.
  6. An answer to 1 question about your writing (excludes marketing recommendations).

***This is NOT a proofread or edit of your manuscript. Rather, the “5 for 25” Manuscript Critique analyzes your strengths and weaknesses, providing a roadmap for improved writing now – and in the future.***



There are a kazillion writers who may be able to assist you. Why partner with me? I am compassionate and non-judgmental. I have more than 25 years’ experience as a professional writer. I am a published author, award-winning freelance writer, freelance editor, literary judge, former publisher of an award-winning magazine for writers…and more! I’ve earned two degrees, including a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Trust me: You are getting a lot for your money! Check out my bio for complete information about my extensive background.


  • PAY via Paypal, and include your contact email.
  • SEND your first 5 pages to me via e-mail. If your manuscript is an admissions essay, contest entry, or other specialized project, please include the wording from that project so I can ascertain whether your manuscript has fulfilled the criteria. Note for book manuscripts: If your book begins with an introduction DO NOT send it. Instead, send the first 5 pages – up to 1,200 words – of chapter one. If desired, include 1 question/concern about your writing.
  • RECEIVE your individualized critique within 72 hours/ 3 business days (after payment has been received, and excluding weekends).

It’s that easy!

I look forwarding to working with you.


*One good resource on this subject is a book by that name: The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman.