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Need an unbiased critique of your work? The Aquarius Press Manuscript Critique service provides in-depth reports on work at all stages of development. Receive detailed feedback on areas such as theme, plot, structure, style, voice, tone, characterization, setting and dialogue. Our priority is to assess and address each of the elements that will impact the salability of your manuscript. A professional critique with Aquarius Press will prepare you with the proper feedback and action steps to get your book sold.

Order your critique today:

Due to the current global crisis, we are offering special rates through June 30, 2020:

Up to 10,000 words (synopses, opening chapters or short pieces) – $50

(compare at $100+)

10,001 to 25,000 words (short stories or partial manuscripts) – $100

(compare at $200+)

25,001 to 50,000 words (novellas and partials up to a full manuscript) – $200

(compare at $400+)

50,001 to 75,000 words (full manuscript) – $250

(compare at $500+)


How should I submit my work?

Submit a Word or pdf document to as an attachment.

Is this an editing or proofreading service?

No, we are not providing editing or proofreading services at this time. For a list of reputable editors, check out the Editorial Freelancers Association,

What kind of document will I receive from a manuscript critique?

Based on the level of feedback required, you will receive a report in pdf format of 1-2 pages for shorter works and up to 5 pages for full-length manuscripts.

What is the average turnaround time?

For shorter works up to 40 pages—the next day; up to 100 pages—two days; full-length manuscripts up to 200 pages—3-5 days; up to 300 pages—7 days.

How do I pay for my critique?

We require a $50 deposit to begin work, which is nonrefundable. The balance due is payable via PayPal or credit card when your report is ready for delivery.

Will you recommend my manuscript to agents, publishing houses and studios? If we feel that your manuscript is ready for the next step, we will make a recommendation. We have outstanding links with literary agents and leading agencies around the world. There is no cost for this service. Our service works equally well if you are planning on self-publishing—we have strong ties within the independent publishing community.

The bottom line?
Work with our team and get your book out there!

Work with Heather Buchanan, Publisher & Producer

Heather Buchanan is an award-winning publisher and producer with international acclaim. Literary collaborations include numerous colleges and universities, the Smithsonian Institution, Lincoln Center, PEN/Faulkner, AWP, the Library of Congress, and many more. For over 20 years, Buchanan has been a champion for access to opportunities for writers. She has developed programs to remove the typical barriers to advancement for writers, especially for women and writers of color. She is also the founder of AUXmedia, a creative arts platform that specializes in book-to-screen projects for studios.

Limited slots available for special promotions.  

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