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    Craig Woodford
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    I have written a manuscript for a novel that exceeds the 120,000-word limit of Writers Victoria for them to assess it. Mine is now down to 137,967 words. To reach the 120,000-word limit I could possibly cut a chapter without seriously affecting the rest of the story, but there’s some cool stuff in it and things that give a better understanding of other parts of the story that I don’t really want to lose.

    I am considering hiring the services of Manuscript Appraisal Agency at http://manuscriptagency.com.au/. Does anyone have any experience with them? I will also welcome recommendations for other manuscript assessment services.

    #27079

    Craig Woodford
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    Sorry for the double post. I have just been reading on the Writers Beware website http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/editors/ that most publishers disregard comments like, “professionally edited” in a manuscript submission, and can even think that the writer has been duped.

    My interest in hiring an editor is in using their feedback to improve my skills as a novice writer. Anyway, I have also found Bedlam Books Manuscript Assessment Service at http://www.bedlambooks.com.au/. Does anyone have any experience with them, or have another service they can recommend?

    #27157

    Craig Woodford
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    I’ve decided to support the local writing community and go with Bedlam Books. As I am a first-time writer, they’ve only asked for the first 10,000 words to do a mini-intensive assessment. It costs $150.00 and is expected to take six to eight weeks. I’ll report here as things progress. That is if no one minds that I multiple post in this thread.

    #27806

    Pearl Maya
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    I would love to hear about your experience when you get your work back

    #35023

    Rob Clifton-Steele
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    Craig: How did the assessment go with bedlam books?

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