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Critique Services FAQ

1. What Do I Get with the Authorlink Critique Service?

  • A professional read and written critique of up to 60 manuscript pages and a brief outline.
  • Fee: $125 per set of 60 pages.
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2. What Is the Authorlink Critique Service?

The written editorial critique is done by a writing professional who will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your story. The critique is based upon ten criteria, including plot, theme, pacing, voice, writing style, internal and external conflict, characterization, dialogue, format and grammar.

Each critique is individual and focuses only upon your specific work. The critic's comments are for your eyes only. We never send them to anyone else. The critic's remarks will be e-mailed to you, and page edits or recommendations will be "tracked" in the word processor so that you can easily see the suggested changes. If clarification is needed, the critic is allowed to offer you one round of additional questions related specifically to the critique. In addition, you will receive the 5- to 10-page written analysis by e-mail.

Your partial manuscript must be submitted in digital form as a Microsoft Word or Word Perfect document (no other formats please!) to our online system. It's easy. From the signup form simply browse for the 60-page file on your computer, double click and hit UPLOAD. The system will confirm when done. Please do not try to send more than 60 pages at a time. The system has an automatic page limit and excess pages will not be received. After your account has been established and receipt of the first critique confirmed, you can log in to MY ACCOUNT and add additional 60-page increments anytime. Added segments can be from the same manuscript or a different work.

The critic will NOT do a line-by-line edit, but may in some cases make suggestions or minor edits such as grammar or typos. The person will, however, evaluate your work on the points mentioned earlier.

The service is offered only to residents of the United States who write in English. We reserve the right to refuse any submission.

Correspondence and critical remarks will be done via private e-mail and e-mail attachments directly to you. Absolutely no hard copy should be submitted. Please note that any hardcopy materials received will NOT be returned to the author.

3. How Do I Sign Up for the Authorlink Critique Service?

Just click CRITIQUE SERVICE under PREMIUM SERVICES on the main menu, complete the form and payment information and upload your short synopsis and 60 pages (u to 15,000 words. If you’re already a member you may need to LOG IN first.  The credit card you provide will be automatically charged for the service. Do not mail any materials. Print a copy of the form for your records.

4. How Does the Critique Process Work?

You will receive an automatic confirmation message that we have received your online application and materials for critiquing.

When your credit card is approved or your payment is received, we will send an e-mail confirmation, and you will be assigned to one of our professional critics. Please allow two to three weeks for the finished critique to be e-mailed to you.

Submit as many works as you'd like through your online account. To add more than one 60-page increment you must first have the first order confirmed, then log in to add more pages.

5. What’s the best time to submit my critique?

It is best industry practice to have your manuscript finished before submitting to an editor or agent, especially if the work is fictional. However, you can submit your work for critique even without following these guidelines, if you wish. For nonfiction works, you may submit a brief outline and the first 60 pages of a manuscript, or a book proposal of up to 60 pages, including the elements mentioned below for a proposal. Please create a single file (Microsoft Word or WordPerfect) for your document.

6. What are the recommended lengths for finished work?

  • Finished fiction in any listed genre. We highly recommend that the fiction work be completed at the time of submission for review. Minimum finished length: 60,000 words.
  • Finished nonfiction. Minimum finished length: 50,000 words.
  • Nonfiction-in-progress. A formal book proposal of up to 60 pages should be submitted. (See Formal Book Proposal requirement below.)
  • Novellas. 40,000-50,000 words.
  • Children's/Young Adult. Length ranges from a few hundred words to a minimum of 5,000-6,000 words for young adult. (If very short, limit your excerpt to 50-100 words.)
  • Biography/Memoir. Minimum length: 60,000 words. (Formal Book Proposal not required.)

Note: Poetry and short stories are not accepted for critique at this time. Pornography is also ineligible.

7.What do I submit if I have a nonfiction book proposal?

A nonfiction proposal can be submitted for critique whether or not the nonfiction project is completed. Include these elements in the proposal you submit to us for Critique:

  • 1-2 page author resume.
  • 1-3 page market analysis (audience, similar books and how yours differs).
  • Chapter by chapter outline in paragraph form (usually about 5-6 pages).
  • Table of contents.
  • Sample chapter(s). Note: the entire proposal must not exceed 15,000 words.
  • Recommended font: 12-point Times New Roman or Courier
  • Always double-space your manuscript. The outline can be single-spaced.
  • Include a title page with your complete contact information, date, and estimated length of the work.
  • Use one-inch margins on all sides: top, bottom, left and right.
  • Number your pages sequentially. (Do not begin a new chapter with the number one.) Include your last name and a keyword in the upper right corner.
  • Keep the original manuscript for your records and submit the copy of your work online. Never send an original. Always keep a copy! We are not a repository for manuscripts and are not responsible for lost material!
  • Be sure to proof-read your online submission BEFORE sending

8. How do I format my material for submitting to the Critique Service?

9. What about refunds, renewals, cancellations, revisions, additions

NONREFUNDABLE: Submission of an application form is a commitment for your manuscript to be critiqued, and is non-refundable.

REVISION: Modifications made by you after you have submitted your manuscript for critique will require a prepaid fee of $50 which will be charged immediately to your credit card. Online submission information cannot be modified once submitted.

Corresponding With Authorlink

When you correspond with Authorlink by e-mail or regular mail, be SURE to include your real name, your pen name, title of the work, and your reference number, if one has been assigned. This will help us serve you faster. Thanks.

If you need assistance filling out the online form, please e-mail:

Poetry is not accepted for critique at this time.

Limits of Liability is not a literary agency and does not sell manuscripts. Authors advertise their properties on our site. We make every effort to operate on the highest professional standards.  However, total liability is limited to the monthly or annual dollar amount of the membership contract. We do not accept liability for direct or indirect loss or damage of any nature, including, but not limited to, typographical errors or copyright infringements. By applying for the service, the author and/or agent attests that he or she owns legal rights to the material and indemnifies Authorlink from all legal liability. See our Legal and Financial Terms.