2nd Draft Submission Instructions

Thank you for your purchase of 2nd Draft Critique Services. Please continue reading below for important information on how to submit your work for critique.

IMPORTANT: Submitting Your Work
To submit your work, please send an email with the following to seconddraft@aimmedia.com

As the subject line, please include the following text:

  • 2nd Draft Critique Service, Order #
    Your order number can be found on your order receipt.

In the body of the email, please include

  • Your name, contact information, and genre of your writing. If you have a preference of a critiquer (see list here), please indicate this preference in your message.
    Note: Manuscript Development Edit purchasers may not select a critiquer.

Attach to the email your document in ONE of the following formats. Hard copy documents can not be accepted. Please include your name and email address within this attached document.

  1. Word document (.doc or .docx)
  2. Rich Text File (.rtf)

All manuscripts submitted for Manuscript Critique, Short Story Critique, Synopsis Critique, Picture Book,  Personal Essay Critique, Proofreading, Line Edit, or Developmental Edit services must adhere to the following professional manuscript guidelines:

  1. 8.5 x 11 page size
  2. Double-spacing throughout
  3. 1-inch margins on the top and bottom and 1.25-inch margins on the left and right sides
  4. Arial, Courier, or Times font
  5. 12-point font size

All documents submitted for Query Letter Critique must adhere to the following professional manuscript guidelines:

  1. 8.5 x 11 page size
  2. Single-spacing throughout in blocked paragraphs
  3. 1-inch margins on top and bottom
  4. 1.25-inch margins on left and right sides
  5. Arial, Courier, or Times font
  6. 12-point font size

If your document does not meet these formatting requirements, we will either return the document to you for correction, or we will apply these settings ourselves when possible, and only critique the number of pages/words you have paid for.

Within 3 - 5 business days after 2nd Draft has received your document, you will receive a confirmation message from our staff, including critiquer assignment and estimated turn-around time.

General Policies:

  • Selection of Critiquer: Writer's Digest and 2nd Draft Critique Service will choose the most appropriate critiquer for each document, within the appropriate level of service, based on the genre of the work and the availability of critiquers. We will try to accommodate all requests for specific critquers, but this will be limited by availability.
  • Turnaround time. In most cases, writers will receive critiques within 6-8 weeks of submitting their material, although this will depend on the length of the submitted work and the workload of the critiquer. Estimates for turnaround will be given by the critiquer after they receive your materials. The 2nd Draft Service cannot commit to meeting specific deadlines.
  • We reserve the right to refuse this service to anyone, on any project, for any reason. Full refunds will be made in these cases.

Refund Policy
This service has a strict no-refund policy. The only exception to this policy is if 2nd Draft Critique Service refuses your manuscript. (See General Policies above for more information.)