Non-Fiction Assessments

Our experienced assessor will assess non-fiction including biographies, stories around major events, travel, crime investigations or experiences, narratives about relationships or parenting, cookbooks, self help, or gardening.

Next Date:

  • Saturday 15 September 2018 with Lliane Clarke

Booking In

The cost of a one-hour assessment is $150 for members and $190 for non-members. Please call us on (02) 9555 9757 to book an appointment.

Once you have made your appointment, you will need to provide the following materials at least 10 days before your assessment in one document. Your document should contain the following:

  • a one-page synopsis
  • the first 15 pages of your manuscript
  • a brief writing CV

Your document must be formatted to industry standards, as follows:

  • Line spacing: 1.5 or double
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Size: 12 pt
  • Margins: minimum 3 cm all round (Word default margins are fine)
  • Paragraphing: indent all paragraphs except the first paragraph of a new chapter or section. Only put spaces between paragraphs where you wish to indicate a section break.
  • Text should be range left (which means the right edge is ‘ragged’), not justified.
  • Page numbers: consecutive from beginning to end

Please note, if your materials are not submitted at least 10 days before your assessment, we cannot guarantee your assessor will have time to review them before your appointment.

You can submit your documents via our contact form.

Can’t Get Here?

Writing NSW offers Skype manuscript assessment appointments for regional members and people who are unable to make their appointment in person. Skype is a free computer program that allows voice and video calls via the internet. Calling from one computer to another is completely free, which means that you can speak to our manuscript assessor in Sydney as though they were in your home, without any additional cost. If internet connection is problematic, we can also offer phone appointments. Note that Skype and phone appointments are limited.

About the Assessor

Lliane Clarke is a publishing manager, publisher, writer and editor with over 20 years of experience in non-fiction publishing and journalism. She has managed major authors and leaders in their field across a variety of genres from cookery to crime and gardening and has commissioned titles for markets in Australia and the UK. She has created titles for trade book publishers and in custom publishing for companies such as New Hobsons Press, New Holland Publishers International, Bauer Media Books, Emap Media Magazines and others. She presents non-fiction titles on behalf of authors to publishers such as Hardie Grant, Allen and Unwin/Murdoch, Penguin and New Holland Publishers amongst others.