How to submit your ms for assessment
Please email first with Manuscript Assessment in your subject line
You may prefer to send sample chapters and a synopsis from a longer manuscript; if so, please send a minimum of three chapters and a 1000 word synopsis.
Misrule Manuscript Assessments
PO Box 1476
á $35 per hour, including reading time.
á Typical fees for a ms under 5000 words would be around $105. Rates may be negotiated for ms over 100,000 words.
á Discounts can be arranged for the unwaged, students and concessional writers.
If youŐre not read, you wonŐt be published.
Publishers receive hundreds of unsolicited manuscripts each month Đ most go unread.
Get a professional opinion on your manuscript before you end up at the bottom of the slush pile.
MISRULE MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT SERVICES
Specialising in books for children and young adults
Editor and reviewer
BA Dip. Ed., Grad. Dip. ChildrenŐs Lit.
Have you written a book, but youŐre not sure if itŐs ready to send to a publisher?
Do you need advice on which publishers may be interested in your manuscript?
Are you finding it hard to get past the Ňslush pileÓ?
A manuscript appraisal by a qualified, experienced childrenŐs literature specialist can help new authors develop their manuscripts to publishable standards.
Unsolicited manuscripts are frequently overlooked by publishers, but those accompanied by a professional assessment have a better chance of being read.
Judith Ridge has been a childrenŐs editor for ABC Books, the NSW School Magazine and Halstead Press. She has over ten yearsŐ experience in assessing and editing stories for children and young adults, and reviews childrenŐs books for The Age, Australian Book Review, The Horn Book (USA), Viewpoint: On Books for Young Adults and Magpies.
Judith has worked with published and unpublished authors to produce books which have subsequently gone on to successful publication. She is well regarded in the childrenŐs publishing industry, and an assessment from her will give your manuscript an advantage over the hundreds of unsolicited, unappraised mss received by publishers every month.
What you will get for your money
Judith will provide you with a minimum two page document detailing the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript. She will provide you with feedback on aspects such as:
á age appropriateness of
á plot consistency and logic
á story-telling techniques.
Judith will also offer suggestions, where appropriate, as to which publishers may be interested in the manuscript.