📝 Manuscript Assessment Criteria â˜‘️

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As a printable tabulated form or checklist, the Manuscript Assessment Criteria presented by SoundEagle🦅 below can assist writers in evaluating and inspecting their own works (either by themselves or with a group of readers) before submitting their manuscripts to publishers, and also during successive edits after the previous submission(s) and before the next submission.

Serving as a detailed guide, template, checklist or questionnaire, the Manuscript Assessment Criteria can be used by not only writers but also book editors, publishers and reviewers as well as teachers, tutors and students to evaluate and determine the quality of a book or manuscript systematically.

Admittedly, the Manuscript Assessment Criteria are somewhat dauntingly all-encompassing, and some of them are also valid for non-fictions.

In addition, readers are welcome to implement an abridged version of the Manuscript Assessment Criteria as a feedback worksheet for beta readers of a work in progress.

Those who wish to print a hardcopy of the Manuscript Assessment Criteria need to ensure that the display device is wide enough to accommodate the width of the stylized table, totalling 560 pixels.

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Manuscript Assessment Criteria
SoundEagle🦅 has made the Manuscript Assessment Criteria available as a thorough checklist for writers striving to improve their manuscripts for publication.


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How well does the book fulfill the characteristics of the nominated genre?

2. Title 📔

How well does the title reflect the content and direction of the book? Suggestions for alternative title:

3. Content 📖

To what extent is the content of this book appropriate for the nominated audience?
Is the plot plausible?
To what extent is the story entertaining?
Is the plot developed at an appropriate and consistent pace?
How well is the major plot developed?
To what extent do subplots enrich the story?
Is the organisation of all elements of the plot tight and devoid of contradictions and inconsistencies?
To what extent are devices other than narrative (such as direct speech, diary entries, letters and newspaper reports) employed to develop the plot?
To what extent are individual chapters well organised — each with a clear beginning, body and end?
Where given, are chapter titles relevant?

4. Narrative Style 🗣💬🧛🏻‍💝‍💋‍🧑🏼

To what extent does the narrative style enable the development of the plot?
How effective is the use of 1st person / 2nd person / 3rd person viewpoint?
Are techniques such as chronological-sequential narration, flashbacks and prequel-sequel narration effective in the book?

5. Characterization 😺😸😹😻😼😽🙀😿😾

Are there an appropriate number of characters?
Are all the characters relevant to the plot development and the setting, and to the depiction of major characters?
To what extent are the major characters well portrayed and developed (appearance, personality, manner, values, behaviour, strengths, weaknesses etc)?
To what extent are the minor characters well portrayed and developed (appearance, personality, manner, values, behaviour, strengths, weaknesses etc)?
To what extent are all the characters believable?
To what extent are these characters drawn so that the target audience can relate to them?

6. Dialogue 🗣️🧏🏻🗣👁‍🗨️😵👨‍👨‍👧‍👧💬

To what extent does each character use convincing and appropriate vocabulary and expression?
Is dialogue used effectively to depict characters?
Is the dialogue between characters believable and natural?
If characters use a language other than English, is it accurately written?
If characters use language that is written in a manner to suggest an accent or dialect, is the language consistent throughout the book?

7. Language 🧑🏼‍🦰🧑‍🦰🧑‍🦱🧑🏼‍🦱🧑‍🦳🧑‍🦲🧑🏿‍🦰🧑🏿‍🦱🧑🏻‍🦱🧑🏾‍🦱🧑🏽‍🦱

To what extent is the language of the book (narrative and dialogue) appropriate to the nominated audience?
To what extent does the author clearly communicate his/her concepts through the book?
Is the vocabulary accurately used in context?
Is unusual vocabulary (if applicable) explained within the context of the book?
Is the vocabulary rich and varied?
Is the expression clear?
Is the expression concise?
Is the spelling accurate?
Is correct grammar used throughout the manuscript?
Is the syntax accurate and flowing?
Is the punctuation correct throughout the book?
Are verb tenses used correctly throughout the book?

8. Setting ღೋ♡ࣰ⋆*ࣰ☀̤̣̈̇🏝☆⋆*ࣰ✻ණි❉˜҈”˜҈░ࣰ

Is the setting vividly created?
Are details of the setting accurate?
To what extent does the setting help to develop the plot and/or characterization of the book?

9. Theme ğŸ¦¸ğŸ½â€â™€ï¸ğŸ¦¹â€â™‚ï¸ğŸ‘¨ğŸ½â€ğŸ’»ğŸ›…ğŸ›ğŸ§‘â€ğŸŽ„ğŸ»â€â„ï¸ğŸ•â›ºï¸ğŸ§œâ€â™‚ï¸ğŸ§™â€â™‚ï¸ğŸ§â€â™€ï¸ğŸ§šâ€â™€ï¸

Is the theme clearly articulated or implied in this book?

10. Illustrations ğŸ–¼ğŸ“…ğŸ“ŠğŸ“ˆğŸ“‰ğŸ—ºï¸ğŸª§ğ“€„ğ“€…ğ“€†ğ“€Œğ“€ğ“€Ž

To what extent do the illustrations (such as diagrams, graphs, charts, tables, figures, clip arts, drawings, schematics, plans, maps, photos and/or statistical data) support or enhance the text of the book?

11. Technical Information ğŸ“°ğŸ“¡ğŸ›°ï¸ğŸš€âœˆï¸ğŸ¤–ğŸ—œğŸ› ï¸âš™ï¸ğŸŽšğŸŽ›ğŸ§¬âš—ï¸ğŸ§ªğŸ”¬ğŸ§«ğŸ¦ ğŸ’‰â˜£ï¸

Is the technical information relevant and consistent?
Is the technical information convincing, up-to-date, and/or substantiated by references or citations?

12. Presentation 📰🇱 🇦🇾🇴🇺🇹🔡🔠🔢🔤📶🔀

How effective is the layout (word spacing, line spacing, white space, margins, indentations, chapter headings and subheadings)?
How effective are the font selection(s) and size(s)?
How consistent is the spelling (where alternative spellings may be accurate but only one of the alternatives should be chosen and used throughout the manuscript)?
How consistent are the use of abbreviations and the use of numerals instead of words (or vice versa)?

13. Documentation 📜📃📄📑🧾📝📋

Is the referencing consistent, accurate and/or adequate?
Are appendices and other supporting materials required, appropriate and/or well-organised?
If required or present, are the title page, table of contents, acknowledgements, bibliography, reference list, index(es), synopsis and/or sleeve notes appropriate or satisfactory?
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Overall Assessment


Corresponding Readiness of the Manuscript




Final Edit



Constructive Edit + Final Edit



Mentoring + Constructive Edit + Final Edit



Extensive Mentoring + Constructive Edit + Final Edit




Overall Grade and Evaluation:

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10 comments on “📝 Manuscript Assessment Criteria â˜‘️

  1. You have given some wonderful tools for writers here SE… and I am sure I could learn a lot from using them…
    I guess you could say I am an inspirational writer…. I was never really educated to a high standard in the correct use of Grammar and have learnt to write from the hip lol…. And I am sure it shows at times..

    I know I often repeat words, and no doubt if your proof read my articles you could find many holes in them, and that would be fine… I say ‘smilingly’, and this word too probably not the correct use of language..

    While we need people like you to cross our T’s and dot our i’s I am very comfortable in my own skin… Creating, is what I do, lol… even my own mistakes…
    What I am always grateful for is that you read my words, and you always, always, leave me your kindness and appreciation of them in your most welcome comments along with your other great gifts, that of your beautiful artwork which you leave me…

    So THANK YOU SE, for all of your gifts and your valued friendship..
    Many thanks,
    Kind regards your way ❤ 🙂

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  2. Post interessantissimo. Ho preso diversi spunti, grazie.

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  3. Well, this manual to write a proper book was extensive and helpful.

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  4. At least the books with female protagonist’s don’t need men to finish reading them to still make the Best Seller’s list. Ha,ha,ha. There’s a whole subgenre of cookbooks now related to SciFi books, games and movies that are really popular among men now. We have two that I can think of quickly, The Game of Thrones Official Cookbook and The Necronomnom (HP Lovecraft-inspired)

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  5. As with all your posts, this is comprehensive and well thought out. I’ve shared it to my many writer friends online.

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  6. An excellent, informative Blog. I’m grateful to find the Manuscript Assessment Criteria which I will be utilizing to evaluate my upcoming book. Kudos! Robert/ReChanneling

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  7. A nifty tool. 👁✍️

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