Below is the full list of the standards that make up the Compulsion Reads Endorsement criteria and the exact components our evaluators use to determine if a manuscript will earn an endorsement or not.
Read the standards carefully before submitting your manuscript for evaluation. If your book is missing even a single one, it will not receive our endorsement
In order for a manuscript to receive the Compulsion Reads Endorsement, the PLOT must be believable and compelling enough to keep a reader flipping the pages (physical or electronic). The following endorsement standards must be met in regards to plot:
There is no story without CHARACTERS to root for or against. We at Compulsion Reads are looking for 3-dimensional characters that propel the story forward. The following endorsement standards must be met in regards to characters:
Every writer has their own special TECHNIQUE, which speaks to the flavor and fluidity of the words on the page (how the author chooses to convey their story). However, there are some fundamenal elements of technique that all great stories share. The following endorsement standards must be met in regards to technique:
ACCURACY is a catch-all category to make sure the factual components of the novel are logical. Every story includes a lot of different details, and if those details are not consistent, well-researched or believable, readers will quickly put down the book. The following endorsement standard must be met in regards to accuracy:
The following components of the story are consistent, logical and believable:
A great novel is not only predicated upon solid writing, but also professional presentation. There’s nothing less professional than poor GRAMMAR. The following endorsement standard must be met in regards to grammar:
Sometimes a novel can technically meet all of the criteria above and still not be of sufficient quality to merit a Compulsion Reads Endorsement. OVERALL ASSESSMENT relates to the artistic integrity of the piece and the ability of the author to tell a good story. The following standard must be met to ensure that the manuscript as a whole meets the level of quality required of the Compulsion Reads Endorsement.
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