Critique Services

I fully believe in mentorship when it comes to the arts. That why I’ve run critique groups, coordinated a mentor program, and taught writing workshops through Nevada SCBWI, and why I’m about to start my second NV SCBWI Mentor Program as a mentor. I have well over a decade of experience as a professional writer and editor, critiquing manuscripts, teaching writing craft, and mentoring writers. I love being an author, but I love coaching and mentoring writers just as much.

I would love to work with you.

I’m offering the following Critique Services to help you improve your manuscripts, query letters, and submission materials. Please note that submitting polished and revised work will allow you to get the most out of the critique.

Query Critique (up to three revisions): $50

Critique includes coaching on how to craft your query and up to two revision reads and polishing edits.

Synopsis Critique: $75

Critique includes general story coaching and full editorial notes on a 1-2 page synopsis as well as a revision read and edit.

First 10 pages: $60

Critique includes an in-depth analysis of the critical first ten pages of your manuscript.

First 50 pages: $300

Critique includes an in-depth analysis of the first fifty pages of your manuscript, including notes on voice, world building, pacing, and story. Comments will be left in-text in the document and a separate edit letter will be attached.

Proposal Package (Query, Synopsis, First 50 pages): $350

Critique package includes everything you need to create a proposal or submission packet for agents or editors with a discount for purchasing all three critiques in one.

Order a Critique
Full Manuscript: $6 per page

Critique includes an in-depth analysis of your full manuscript, including notes on voice, world building, pacing, and story. This also includes a 30-60 minute video or phone call to go through the edit notes and answer any and all questions.

Full manuscript critiques are available on a limited scheduled basis. Please email me at inquiries@heatherwpetty.com to discuss scheduling and payment.


Payment
Payment is due in full at the time of purchase for all services except Full Manuscript critiques. Full Manuscript critique payments are broken into two. Half is due at the time the critique is purchased and half is due upon delivery of the final critique.

Refunds
If I cannot complete your critique for any reason, you will be issued a full refund.

Disclaimer/Privacy Policy
Any personal information you share including name, email address, and payment details will remain private. It will not be used for any purpose other than the completion of your critique. Any writing you submit remains copyrighted to you and will never be shared without your express permission.

How to Format Your Submission
All Query Letter submissions should be MS Word documents (.doc or .docx) and formatted like an email using 12 pt Times New Roman font. Please include your name and “Query” in the file name.

All synopsis submissions should be MS Word documents (.doc or docx) and formatted using 12 pt Times New Roman font, single-spaced, with spaces between the paragraphs. Please include your name and “Synopsis” in the file name.

All manuscript pages submissions should be MS Word documents (.doc or .docx) with the following specs:

  • Double-spaced
  • 12 pt Times New Roman font
  • Page numbers in the header

Please include your name and the book title in the file name. For example: HWPetty – Book Title.doc


TESTIMONIALS
“Heather Petty is able to get to the heart of the story you’re trying to write. You might have to tear your book apart in order to put it back together again, but with Heather’s critiques the books always end up stronger. You end up with a book that you love, and the one you’ve been trying to write all along, but weren’t sure how to get there yet!” ~ Heather Riccio, writer of the The Sense Keeper

“Once upon a time, I had a bloated, unreadable manuscript that sprawled on for miles in the wrong direction. With Heather’s unique insight and masterful motivation, I was able to beat it into a story I could be proud of. Heather Petty is the best thing to happen to my first novel.” – Zack J. Payne, writer of Somehow You’re Sitting Here

“Heather is a professional author who earned her place in the book world with talent, of course, but also by learning everything she could about publishing. I’ve been fortunate enough to sell over two million books, but writing — not querying, marketing, editing — is my skill and I often turn to Heather for up-to-the-minute insight.” — Terri Farley, author of WILD AT HEART and The Phantom Stallion Series

“Heather’s critique is honest, thorough, and extraordinarily valuable. I guarantee I would not be the writer I am today without her guidance.” – Kim Harnes, author of Still Photo

My trust in Heather Petty’s abilities is so huge that I know that any manuscript I give her will be infinitely better for having had her input. Heather has a sharp eye, able to see not only the big picture but the smallest detail. She’s a gifted storyteller in her own right and applies that talent to the work of others with toughness and generosity. If your goal is to up your game and produce the best manuscript and/or query letter you can, you will benefit from Heather’s services. — Tracy Clark, author of MIRAGE and The Light Key Trilogy

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