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First Fifty Pages Novel Critique

Comprehensive critique of your book's first 50 pages

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Get valuable feedback on the first 50 pages of your novel.

The first fifty pages of your novel are crucial. Without as strong opening, you won't attract the attention of agents and editors, and you won't find willing readers for your novel. The First Fifty Pages critique will help you determine what works in the opening chapters, what falls flat, and how to improve the style, structure, and scope of your opening to give your book the best chance of success.

Every novel presents its own challenges, and the issues I focus on in your novel will be determined by the needs that arise as I read your manuscript. However, here are some of the things we might address:

  • Increase urgency
  • Tighten structure
  • Improve dialogue
  • Deepen characterization
  • Streamline descriptions
  • Find the heart of your story
  • Crystallize the book’s theme

*A manuscript page is double-spaced in a standard 12 point font or higher, with 1" margins on each side.



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Michelle Richmond
Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is the author of five novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Year of Fog, and two award-winning story collections. Her books have been sold in 28 languages. She has taught in the MFA programs in creative writing at the University of San Francisco, California College of the Arts, St. Mary's College of Moraga, Bowling Green State University, and Notre Dame de Namur University, where she held the Catherine Julie Cunningham Chair. She has also taught novel writing online for Stanford Continuing Studies. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami, where she was a James Michener Fellow. She is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press.

Michelle's articles on narrative craft have appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, Writer's Digest, and Glimmer Train's newsletter for writers, and her essays about literature have appeared in The Believer and Oxford American. Her stories and essays have also appeared in Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, and many other magazines, newspapers, and anthologies.


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