Appraisals and Consultations


Are you ready?

Receiving feedback is a big step for any writer. We will be kind, but honest. When we submit our own work that is what we expect and we have assumed the same of you. We will help you identify the good parts of your story and we will show you where you can improve.

A manuscript appraisal, or assessment, is also called a critique, but we prefer the word appraisal. Critique is a scary word. It is a paid-for service. You submit your manuscript to a qualified individual for an opinion. An appraiser will highlight the strengths and provide suggestions for weaker areas.

A good appraisal can shed new light on problem areas. It highlights inconsistencies or holes in the plot. It helps identify unnecessary, or even unbelievable, characters. It can point out important descriptions and setting details versus padding. You get the idea.

 Cost for Short Stories:

  1. At a glance: $50 for 2500 words – You will receive 2-3 paragraphs of comments on your story.
  2. A good read: $120 for 2500 words– You will receive a teaching document. About 2-3 pages of specific feedback.
  3. A full appraisal: $150 for 2500 words – You will receive a teaching document, 2-3 pages as above, as well as track changes

Take note:

  •  We do not edit the manuscript.
  •  We do not represent publishers.
  • This is an advisory service and cannot guarantee that the manuscript will be published.
  • The appraisal is a signpost towards creating a publishable manuscript.

Please mail for more information or to request a quote for other appraisals.


Screen to Screen Writing Consultation:

Mia would love to talk about your writing. She promises to cut down your cardboard characters, lavish praise on epic sentences and fill your plot holes like a pastry chef fills a perfect macaron.

General Writing Consult: 60 minutes @ $99

Please send your best 1000 words to Mia seven days before your scheduled Skype session. Make sure to have a list of writing-related questions on hand to make the most of your session. Please do keep it to writing though, Mia’s relationship advice borders on Jerry Springer type discussions.

Plotting Consult: 60 minutes @ $99

Please send your 500 word synopsis to Mia seven days before your scheduled Skype session. Use this template if you need help.

Social Media Consult: 60 min @ $99

If no one but your mother likes your blog posts, Mia will be happy to take a look at them and help you improve them. Please send three of your own blogposts, of no more than 1000 words each, to Mia seven days before your scheduled Skype session. Make sure to have a list of writing- and social media-related questions on hand to make the most of your session. See previous comment regarding my relationship advice.

Please mail for more information or to request a quote for coaching.

Testimonials for appraisals

Short Stories

I sent you a short story of mine called “The Dress” for a manuscript appraisal some time ago. I was very happy with the outcome and I rewrote my story based on your advice. I thought that I would let you know that it has recently been accepted for publication by a UK website! Monica Kagan 


Mia’s honest appraisal of my short story, ‘A White Lie’ was great. The suggestions she made on how to improve it were valid and very clearly laid out. They are definitely suggestions I will be working on.

Elaine Dodge


The appraisal was thoughtful and thorough and has given me advice I can refer back to in future.

Chrisna Ribeiro


I’ve always had people telling me I write well. But Mia’s advice gave me what I had been pining for – an honest appraisal with practical tips on how to use dialogue, body language, setting and unique descriptions to improve my writing.



The appraisal was competent, and thorough. It really helped me to see where I can improve my writing and inspired me to try harder. I can recommend this service to anyone that wants an honest, yet sensitive appraisal without the fear that they will be ridiculed or short changed.

Victor Ribeiro


Your appraisal offered more than I expected, was honest, positive and professional and has motivated me to spend more time writing and more importantly editing and polishing.

Zane Baisley

Kids’ books

Mia has been beta reader/ mentor/ all-around awesome and kind human being – she was the first person to review the very first draft of #HowManyHellos and played a critical role.

Refiloe Moahloli


Thank you, thank you, thank you! I really appreciate this feedback, it is invaluable.

Ntombenhle Khathwane