Here's how the Spun Yarn feedback approach works:
Your Manuscript is matched with three Spun Yarn readers
The Spun Yarn has built a diverse network of thorough, thoughtful and experienced readers from around the country. We’ll match your manuscript with three of these readers based upon their reading profile and the type of feedback that you're looking for as the author.
Readers provide their feedback
Readers matched to your manuscript read your entire book, then provide a mixture of quantitative and qualitative feedback using the Spun Yarn feedback approach. Spun Yarn readers aren’t developmental editors or publishers or literary agents. Instead, they’re book nerds, selected for their unique perspectives and with rich experience using the Spun Yarn feedback approach.
Step 3: Spun Yarn Feedback Report delivered to you
Our Spun Yarn team compiles reader feedback into a summarized report which is delivered back to you within 30 days. By synthesizing feedback data across multiple readers, we’re able to identify areas for improvement that you otherwise might have missed. Best of all, your Spun Yarn feedback is as private and painless as you want it to be. The entire process is anonymous and what you choose to do with your feedback is up to you.
See what a Spun Yarn Manuscript Report looks like. We promise, you've never seen anything quite like it.
The Spun Yarn Feedback Report
We compile reader feedback into an in-depth Manuscript Feedback Report. Click here to see what one looks like in depth, or keep reading below for an overview of what goes into the report.
Spun Yarn Readers
The Report provides background information about the three readers assigned to each manuscript, including demographic information and reading preferences. We have readers of every age group, U.S. region, and genre preference. Spun Yarn readers remain anonymous to the author.
At the quarter, halfway, three-quarters, and ending point in the book, Spun Yarn Readers provide input on the reading experience. What are they liking most? What’s not working so far? Where are they confused? Flash Feedback provides excellent insight into what readers were thinking in real time as they read a manuscript.
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Readers provide a score from 1 to 10 across eight key aspects of your book, as well as a brief explanation for their score. Quantitative Feedback categories include: Plot & Structure, Characters, and Stickiness & Recommendability, and five more. We’re the first to agree that assigning a rating to an aspect of a manuscript can be subjective. But by asking multiple, experienced Spun Yarn Readers to do so and then focusing on trends, correlations, and deviations across Reader data, the Spun Yarn is able to provide clear insight into the strengths and improvement areas in a manuscript.
Spun Yarn Readers provide actionable Qualitative Feedback on what they thought were the best aspects of a book, along with their opinion on the focus areas most in need of improvement. Our Qualitative Feedback approach emphasizes prioritization, as opposed to exhaustiveness. Authors also have the opportunity to pose a few questions directly to Spun Yarn readers at the outset of the feedback process. Some author questions so far have included: “Who is your favorite character and why?” “Is my ending believable?” “If I were to submit one of my chapters to a short story competition, which one should I choose?”