manuscript critique service for writersWorking on a novel, novella, nonfiction book, short story or article? Think you need a manuscript critique?

Not sure if it’s publishable quality or able to captivate readers? Want to compete with the professionals? A manuscript critique service like this could be what you need to jump-start to the next level.

Janet Chester Bly is currently accepting new clients and would like to serve as your editor.

Here’s Janet Chester Bly’s 3-step manuscript critique service process . . . .


E-mail a brief description of your manuscript and your time frame for getting edit done. Will respond ASAP whether the project works for me. Sorry, but I do not do books of poetry, picture books, play scripts, or screenplays.

Submit Query


a) Send Word .doc with sample or all pages and chapters in one file attachment.

b) Also include by separate attachment a minimum one-page synopsis.

c) Process begins when payment is received and verified. PayPal janet@blybooks.com account or send check to Bly Books, P.O. Box 157, Winchester, ID 83555.

d) Include comments on what you prefer I pay special attention to while editing your manuscript.


I’ll provide honest, thorough feedback: proofreading, line edit, and general suggestions using the Track Changes program, plus evaluation sheet. Will respond to questions about what was done, should you have them, after return of manuscript. What you do with the suggestions is up to you.

Disclaimer: I don’t guarantee publication or sales nor will I act as an agent to get contacts for you. However, you will receive a professional critique that will upgrade your manuscript in format, presentation, and content, and make it more appealing to publishers and readers. Even if you self-publish. Your success is mine too.

Manuscript Critique by author Janet Chester Bly

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More than ten years mentor and manuscript editor for Christian Writers Guild http://www.christianwritersguild.com and thirty years as editor for more than 100 books published by my late husband award-winning western author, Stephen Bly. For more info about me, check outAbout Page on this site: https://www.blybooks.com/about-bly-books/about-janet/

“Janet Chester Bly’s editing is honest and direct. She tightens, suggests, encourages, and teaches. The manuscript she edited for me is now pitch perfect.”  –Young Adult Fiction Author Carmen Peone, http://carmenpeone.com/


— $40 for up to 5 pages or 1,500 words

— $350 for longer than 1,500 words and maximum of 30,000 words

Note: You’re right … that’s usually not a full manuscript’s worth of work. But you should be able to edit the rest yourself by this proportion of example provided. If you still prefer a full manuscript critique, ask for additional pricing. However, I may need to preview your manuscript first. Again, PayPal janet@blybooks.com account or mail check made out to Bly Books, P.O. Box 157, Winchester, ID 83555.


Please give me a maximum of 4 weeks. Often, I can do a return much quicker. However, I request the extra grace period. Keep that in mind should you prefer a quicker turn-around.


— Susan Titus Osborn, The Christian Communicator, Manuscript critique service rates: Christian Communicator  . . . Will also do three-chapter book proposals, edits of full books, suggestions for markets, book contract analysis, and private tutoring.

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