We’ve got all kinds of new features for aspiring authors over on the Dorchester website.

From now until September 1, post your query letter here on our forums.  Dorchester editors will choose five to give a full critique–absolutely free.  It’s a great chance to find out exactly what will catch our eye–and what mistakes to avoid.

We’ve also just launched a manuscript critique service.  If you’re having  a hard time making that first sale, it might be a good idea to have a professional take a look at the manuscript and give some detailed advice on what might help make it publishable.  The cost is $1 per manuscript page for a full or $100 for a proposal up to 60 pages.  We have industry experts in all genres–romance, thrillers, horror and Westerns, but please note the material will NOT be read by acquiring editors at Dorchester and should not be regarded as a submission for publication. 

Check out the Writers Corner for information on how to avoid the slush pile, build name recognition and more.