This is a big-picture assessment of your manuscript and is a recommended first step. You'll get a long and detailed letter similar to an agent’s report that addresses your book's strengths and weaknesses, structure, characterization, genre, marketability, and more. A critique is vital if you are seeking an expert opinion on your work, feedback on what to revise, and guidance on next steps.
If you'd also like margin notes, see Developmental Editing.
plot and structure (for fiction)
argument and analysis (for nonfiction)
character or content development
setting and description
point of view and dialogue
voice and style
telling versus showing
3 – 5 weeks