Critique and Analysis

Constructive criticism can go a long way.

At Breezeway, we look over every book at no cost to make sure it meets (or can meet after editing) our high standards. Although we’d like to give each author a thorough book analysis of what works and what doesn’t work in their writing, we can’t do that on every book. To meet this need for more information, we offer a Critique & Analysis. We know how important an expert critical reading is to the success of a book. While our friends and family may praise us to the skies, what writers really want and need, is constructive criticism.


Some of what we’ll look at when we analyze your book:

Overall Structure: Where are the ups? The downs? Does the action rise toward a climax or die out without quite making it? Should you lengthen your introduction or cut it out altogether and get right into the action? Is the middle too long? Is the payoff too quick? The book analysis provides you with answers to questions like these.

Flow and Momentum: Does the reader get bored? Are you keeping him or her mildly curious or have you made the reader deeply committed to finding out what happens next? Do you need to raise the stakes to avoid losing the momentum of the story?

Plot and consistency (for novels):  Are all the loose ends tied up or are there dangling threads of the story that need to be closed? Is there a beginning, a middle, and an end? Does one follow logically from the other? Is there at least one subplot that works well with the main plot? Did you leave any loose ends?

Organization: A book analysis is not just for fiction. For non-fiction, we look at other issues. Have you organized the material in a meaningful way? Is the thesis of the book well developed? Are all questions answered or is the reader left unsatisfied? Is the point or points made? Is the style of writing consistent with the purpose?

Characterizations (for novels):  Are the main characters fully developed? Does the reader care what happens to them? Do we know who they are, how they think, how they will act in any given situation? Are they true to themselves in what they do? Do they think their own thoughts? Do we know what they want and care if they get it? Are there any characters who are not clearly defined?

Grammar/Mechanics/ Clarity (word usage, sentence structure):  Is the writing grammatically correct? Do sentences flow smoothly? Are there too many sentences in passive voice? Are sentences convoluted instead of straight-forward? Are there too many words? Are words used correctly? Is the meaning clear?

Point of View: In works of fiction, we also look at the “voice.” Is the narrative voice consistent and does it work with the material? Have you maintained a consistent point of view, or do you jump from head to head and confuse the reader? Does the point of view work in this story or might a different point of view work better?

Market Potential: Finally, your book analysis looks at your story in the context of the marketplace. Is this a story that would appeal to a large mass market or is it one that would appeal to a smaller, more targeted market? Who will want to read this book? Do you consider your audience when writing?

Summary: What do we think overall? Does the book work as it is or does it need work to reach its potential, and if so, what needs to be done?