J C Edwards

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Book Reviews

I love to read books that are interesting and well-written, and am delighted to write an honest review. Reviews will be posted within a reasonable length of time on my blog and on Goodreads, and a copy given to the author to use in its entirety, credited to J C Edwards. I do not charge a reading/reviewing fee, and my reviews will be unbiased and honest - if I have issues with a book, I will also be tactful and diplomatic in expressing my opinions.

Although I have varied interests, I do not read or review books on Vampires, Zombies, Erotica or those with gratuitous sex and/or violence. I reserve the right to decline to read or review any book for any reason.

To request a free Book Review, please fill out the following form.  Paper books accepted for review must be sent to my address at the author's expense and will not be returned (books will be donated to local charities and to people in need in the town where I live).  Digital books must be in Kindle or PDF format.  Shipping and/or email address to send your book will be provided if your book is accepted for review.

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Manuscript Critiques

Manuscript Critiques


I will read your manuscript and provide you with a written report with an honest assessment of your work. Comments will cover what's working well and any suggestions I have for improvement. Authors are welcome to email me for questions or clarification about the critique.  I will provide an estimate of the delivery of your critique at the time of your inquiry.


Included in my overall assessment:


  • Does the manuscript make sense? Is it engaging and well written overall?
  • Is the manuscript concept original enough to interest the reader?
  • Does the manuscript feel too long or too short - will the reader feel either bored or short-changed?
  • Is the main plot (and are all subplots) satisfactorily resolved at the end of the manuscript?
  • Is it clear what audience you are writing to? (For example, if your manuscript is written for young adults is it too technical or sophisticated for the age  group?  Is there inappropriate or gratuitous sex or violence? Alternately, adult fiction needs more sophistication in presentation and dialogue.)


Not included in my critique:


The critique will not include content, line editing or proofing. There are many fine editors who will be able to assist you with this. Editing is a painstaking, exacting procedure that you should invest in before sending your work to a publisher.



Manuscript Critique Fees *



Short Stories - up to 3,000 words:          $15


First 10 Pages of Manuscript:                $25


First 50 Pages of Manuscript                 $50


Full Manuscript                                    $3.50/1,000 words (eg: 60,000 words = $210)


*Payable in advance by Paypal, Canadian Draft or Money Order (Canadian Funds)


Manuscripts must be in Microsoft Word document format.

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