'NAC's Review Panel is dedicated to enabling authors of varying ability fulfil their potential'.
Review Panel Critique
Authors often express their appreciation of the help provided by the NAC Review Panel process: -
- You are a very hard-working agent, Michael! (K)
- I just finished the (final ..) proof-read and agreed with all your suggestions except about four…(B) (Editor - 'Exactly 70 items identified by NAC, 65+/- acted on')
- Thank you very much for your keen interest and your very valuable/useful comments. This is the first time I have had meaningful feedback on the story from experts, especially those who took the time to give it careful consideration. I very much appreciate the time and effort you and your editorial colleagues put into it. In particular, I was amazed and pleased that you undertook to read it yourself, but on second thoughts I could almost have expected that, knowing how conscientious you have been with me. (N1)
- Thank you Michael, and everyone at NAC. Your belief in me, and support and encouragement has changed my life. Hopefully this will contribute in a tiny way to advancing democracy everywhere. (S4)
- Thanks for your suggestions, Michael. I’ve acted on all in one way and another, except for ‘’cosy” (spelling is approved). All your suggestions are to the point; thank you, and I appreciated having them. (J2 - Results of final read before submission to publishers - 36 items identified)
- Good morning, Michael. You may never know how much your feedback means to me, but you've made my week and more! I'll track down those inconsistencies and fix them. I do not have an eye for detail, so I thank you for picking these up. (K)
- Just a bit of feedback on AEGTI. Your review panel chair deserves a medal for unpicking the book and proposing a re-sequencing, which she has managed to get in chronological order. I'm sitting with bundles of reordered pages and a table showing what goes where. I think it will work! On reflection, I think the original spiralling order (which I am very proud of) could be the 'get it vs. don't get it' issue. There's a lot of disconnecting and rewiring to do yet, but I think we will end up with a book that is a bit easier to handle. I'll think of the original as the director's cut. (S)
- Dear Denise and Michael. This is a response to Wednesday night’s very encouraging conversation between Denise and myself. I was impressed by the insights and the thoroughness of the review panel. Thank you very much for the trouble you have taken with my book. (S)
- Good morning Denise. I want to thank you for the detailed feedback you provided on Saturday. I think it's an intelligent, effective process you've come up with. And it's been a good experience from this end. I'm having another look at the MS with the suggestions for improvement in mind. I think it'll take 2-3 weeks to make some changes, and maybe another week for a proof read and a fine edit. Thanks again for your generous assistance. (K)
- Thanks Michael. Yes, very encouraged by the discussion with Denise, and am hard at work implementing the suggestions while I have the time. I will endeavour to get a friend (ex-English teacher) to proof the amended manuscript. (S2)
- An outstanding achievement by any measure and a great big thanks to both of you for your belief and guidance; and things are 'moving apace' with your usual gusto. You are addressing the (publishing) contractual issue very adroitly. I look forward to hearing the outcome of Sunday's discussion. (A)
- I found the suggestions made by the Review Panel to be very helpful. They allowed me to see my work in a slightly different way. We all have blind spots and they helped me see what others might. I didn't implement every suggestion but I used about 75%. They clearly made my finished product a more polished work. I eagerly look forward to their insights on my future books. (J)
- Michael, I’ve been busy trying to implement the wonderful advice I received from NAC’s Reader-reviewers and Denise that I haven’t had a minute. The advice I received was just what I needed. It was balanced, in so far as there were good things to be said, as well as well-argued critical positions; that is, it was comprehensive and went into the novel in considerable depth, providing me with suggestions, some forcefully offered, others as matters for consideration, but all useful on structure, plot, and the characters and some of their supernumeraries; on language and syntax where my mangled usage caused some problems. It was the kind of critical assistance I wish I‘d earlier in the writing process, but it is not too late! I received several pages of considered assistance, which I am using as a guide to the further work I do on the book. (J2)
- I just wanted to thank you in writing for the wonderful job you have done in representing me to publishers and the enjoyment and satisfaction the offer has given me.
- I have taken on your advice and will wait for a few weeks to see if any other offers are forthcoming.
- I also received very flattering acknowledgement from Denise and Dee, so it appears the satisfaction is being shared by the NAC team. (S2)
- Thank you for your wonderful support with 'Lilly', I know she will benefit from your input. (J3)
- Thanks also to Michael Cybulski and Denise Harris of NAC Literary Agency. The former for his hard work in promoting my work to publishers, the latter for her excellent literary advice. (W)
- Hi Michael. I was very pleased with the panel review and also happy to implement the changes Dee suggested. They were well-considered and constructive criticisms, which I feel have improved the overall readability and flow of the work. I hope the revised story and book mock-up are well received by potential publishers in the near future. (S3)