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Manuscript Analysis

For a very few, very special MSs, Beverly takes on the role of mentor to an author ... and agrees to read the MS and report back on what she sees as strengths, weaknesses, and possible fixes.  These reports are detailed, extremely frank, and substantive.  This is not an edit; it is instead an extended and very detailed Master Class.

Beverly brings to this effort the experience of twenty-six years and some eighteen novels, publishd by the likes of Random House, Bantam Doubleday and Dell (before they were one and the same). Currently, as Beverly Swerling, she is published by Simon and Schuster and Penguin Random, where her latest novel is BRISTOL HOUSE. Before taking the plunge into fiction she was a free lance journalist working for major publications. Her novels have been translated into a dozen or so languages and are for sale in Europe, Asia and South America, as well as North America. 

Reading slots are limited, granted for two week periods, and are usually booked two to three months in advance.  Advice about representation is available at the end of the process and Beverly will frequently take the manuscript to an agent with her personal recommendation.  Please email to discuss the possibility of a Manuscript Analysis. 

"Dear Beverly, I wanted to share the latest good WASH news that came in last week. And you know it wouldn't have happened without YOU."

Margaret Wrinkle's "stunning debut novel" WASH was published in 2014 by Atlantic Monthly Press. It has won an American Book Award, and an award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, as well as making Time Magazine's list of writers you must read.

Wash by Margaret Wrinkle

"Tim Hayes's RIDING HOME: THE POWER OF HORSES TO HEAL will be published by St. Martin's Press in March, 2015 "Thanks again, Beverly..."

Riding Home by Tim Hayes

""Dear Beverly, you certainly do deliver!" Scott Britz-Cunningham's CODE WHITE was published by Forge in 2013.

Riding Home by Tim Hayes

"My novel, SAVING MAX, is slated to be published in August 2010.  I will also be attending the Harlequin annual sales conference in Jacksonville, Florida, where I hope to meet a variety of vendors and bookseller reps.  I want you to know that I have finished the acknowledgements for the book.  You figure largely in my thanks.  Without your support and wise counsel, my manuscript would have been burned in the backyard long ago!"
    - Antoinette van Heughton

Saving Max by Antoinette van Heughton