The New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) offers members a number of benefits, one of which is discounted or subsidised manuscript assessments.
New authors should always get an manuscript assessment done on their work, but even more experienced authors will benefit from a second set of eyes. I actually didn’t even know about the NZSA Startwrite programme, until my writing friend Lee Murray told me about it. I was looking to improve my ability to mentor emerging writers and Lee suggested I apply to become a Startwrite assessor.
Embarrassingly, I thought it was about me receiving guidance on how to conduct manuscript assessments, but actually it’s a reduced (and therefore cheaper) version of a full-blown manuscript assessment!
However, I’m pleased to share that I’ve now conducted two assessments, and have received excellent feedback from the recipients. I’ve been able to provide some very robust feedack and helpful technical guidance. I guess that means that, over the last six years of having published three novels, and having been on the receiving end of numerous assessments and critiques of my work, I have learnt a thing or two!
So, if you’ve written your first draft and you’re wondering what’s next, I’d highly recommend a Startwrite manuscript assessment.
Book 1 Medar – published August 2017. Click here to purchase.
Book 2 Tyrelia – published March 2019. Click here to purchase.
Book 3 Golden City – published November 2020. Click here to purchase.