Query & Submission Packet Evaluation

Critique and revision guidance on your query letter, synopsis, and first 50 pages from experienced agents and editors.


Frustrated by the lack of positive response to your query letter? Want to make sure your submission materials are in the best shape possible before submitting your manuscript to agents and publishers? Puzzled by form rejections that don’t give you any indication of why people are passing on your manuscript?

Many editors on our staff have or do still work as agents or acquisitions editors and bring an insider’s perspective to their review and evaluation of author submission materials.

Consideration from a literary agent or publisher almost always involves a query letter, and in many cases they’ll want to see a synopsis and sample pages before requesting a full manuscript. TED’s query & submissions packet evaluation provides expert critical analysis of the three components of a typical submission (query, synopsis and first 50 pages of the manuscript), all based on the insights and knowledge gleaned from 35 years of success in placing our clients’ best manuscripts with literary agents. We’ll provide a candid critique of your materials and clear recommendations to improve your pitch so you can make the best impression possible.

Although we  can’t anticipate the subjective tastes and preferences of every reviewer,  we can help you avoid many of the mistakes writers often make with their submission materials by advising on any issues that should be addressed before you begin or continue the submissions process.

The evaluation  includes a critique and analysis of the three most important components of an introductory submission to most literary agents and publishers. We’ll evaluate your sample’s readiness for the marketplace with attention to content, style, commercial appeal, and overall presentation, and provide suggestions as to what will give your submission the best odds of positive reception.


$250, which covers review of sample material of up to 12,500 words and a synopsis of up to 1,250 words, and a typical 1-page query letter. Also up to a half hour of followup via phone or email.

Looking for feedback for materials of a different length? Custom packages are available on request. Please contact the Tucson office for more information.


Typically less than 3 weeks.

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