If you have experience in publishing or writing and you don’t know what to do with those skills, you might consider starting a literary critique service. The market is filled with aspiring authors who don’t know the first thing about publishing and could use the expert advice of a professional. Literary critique services do very well on average, especially if the owner has experience in publishing or writing.
What is a literary critique service?
Unlike editing or ghostwriting, a literary critique service provides authors with a detailed analysis of their manuscripts. From characterization to plotting to marketing, a literary critique service gives authors a realistic (and sometimes painful) opinion on the outlook of the manuscript.
Why are literary critique services popular?
Aspiring authors want to be able to say that they did it on their own, even when they really have no idea as to how the publishing world works. So rather than editing (they call it butchering) their manuscripts, you pinpoint areas of weakness, problems with structure and other issues that they can correct themselves.
How much should I charge for my literary critique services?
That is entirely up to you, and depends largely on the extent of the critique and the depth of your experience in writing and publishing. Many literary critique services charge upwards of $1,000 for a full-length manuscript, while others cater to less wealthy folks and charge $200 or $300. My advice is to offer different levels of critiques so you can hit the largest possible target market.
How do I advertise for literary critique services?
The best way to reach potential customers is through the Internet. Consider partnering with professionals who offer other literary services, such as editing, ghostwriting, promotional writing and others. You can help to provide each other with clients by advertising on your websites and giving recommendations.
How is a literary critique administered?
Most professionals choose to write literary critiques on a previously-prepared worksheet. This is something that you can do easily enough on your word processing program.
The worksheet should contain fields for writing notes on multiple facets of each manuscript such as characterization, plots, secondary plots, setting, description, facts, beginning, middle, end and so on. When you conduct a literary critique of the manuscript, you’ll fill in the worksheet as you go along.
What types of manuscripts should I critique?
Again, this is up to you. Some literary critique services are geared only toward fiction or non-fiction manuscripts, while some prefer only full-length books. You can decide how you want to go about it based on your experience, your expertise and your interests.
Who is the target market for a literary critique service?
People who write! Your target market is composed of all those people in the world who have written or who want to write a book. Believe me, there are plenty out there. Once you’ve earned a name in the business, writers will be hammering down your door to get a critique, especially once you can show them that your services are helping others to get their work published.
Why would I want to start a literary critique service?
There are plenty of professional editors, ghostwriters, copywriters and proofreaders in the marketplace, but there aren’t all that many literary critique services. If you are looking to start your own literary business, this is a largely untapped market. Take advantage!