An editorial assessment is a detailed report that documents the editor’s overview of a novel, concerning all aspects of the work undertaken. This multi-page summary closely analyses the strengths of the story and suggests how and where it can be improved. Working in conjunction with the editor’s comments, embedded in the finalised manuscript, authors will regularly refer to this invaluable reference to ensure that they are on the right track.
The changes that an editorial assessment recommends will lead to significant improvements of the story. The editor’s feedback will address the plot and key themes, the quality of the characterisation, the effectiveness of the story’s structure, and the style of the author’s elementary skills – or, if you prefer, their “voice”. Multiple solutions will be presented to help fix any issues that might have arisen throughout the edit, helping authors to understand exactly how they can elevate their work to a professional standard.
An effective editor shares their experience and knowledge with authors, for them to use when perfecting the art of writing. Once an author has worked with an editor in this way, they will approach all future projects with a renewed professionalism, loaded with the skills required to create captivating novels.
If relevant, your Fire Leaves editor will also suggest a list of further reading: books that you might benefit from delving into. This will never be with the intention of disfiguring your “voice” – which is as unique to each writer as a personality is to a person – but merely to offer a further insight into how to master tone and plot progression. They will also be sure to congratulate you, because we all know that writing a novel is not an easy thing to do.