Bobbin Premise Assessment

Got a great idea for a book? This is your chance to have it assessed by a New York Times bestselling editor.

BOBBIN
PREMISE ASSESSMENT

The Bobbin Premise Assessment is the optimum editorial assessment to get professional feedback on your idea for a fraction of the cost of a major edit. It is designed to give you the best editorial assessment available and ensure your book has the reach and impact it deserves.

This program is tailored for fiction and nonfiction authors who want to publish a high-level professional book, but need to make sure it is absolutely the best possible book.

Premise Assessment Outline

$ 749
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Premise Assessment Synopsis

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Outline vs. Synopsis

What’s the difference between and plot outline and a synopsis?

You may find some people use these terms interchangeably, but they are not the same thing.

What is an Outline?

A plot outline is something you create before you write your book.

A fiction outline generally is…

  • Used as a guide during the writing process to help you remember how you want the story to unfold.
 
  • Helps to cut down on the amount of rewriting that must be done to create a good second draft
 
  • Follows no particular format but usually include central themes, character arcs, major plot-points and overall character conflicts.
 
  • When we evaluate fiction outlines, we’re checking whether the character arcs are well-formed, if the structure is commercially viable and if the story is interesting enough to fill enough chapters for a whole book.

Writers who rely on plot outlines are sometimes called “plotters,” because they plan their novels in advance.

A Nonfiction outline generally is…

  • A chapter-by-chapter capsule summary of a nonfiction book.
 
  • Think of it like an enhanced table of contents.
 
  • The purpose of an outline is to summarize the information which will appear in the finished book.
 
  • Its format will include chapter numbers, chapter titles and/or headings, and a point-by-point breakdown of topics covered in each chapter.
 
  • When we evaluate outlines, we’re checking whether the topic is meaty enough to fill enough chapters for a whole book.
 
  • We’re also checking whether the core thesis is thoroughly developed.
 
  • We’re also looking at things like organization of ideas, the way the chapters build upon each other, and so on.

Many nonfiction books are sold on an outline plus some configuration of sample pages, such as an introduction and sample chapter. We evaluate the sample pages for writing quality. We evaluate the outline for content. There will be other relevant questions, too, such as whether the author has a platform and how broad that platform might be, which might be addressed in the outline, cover letter, sample chapters, or pitch, but ought to be addressed somewhere.

What is a Synopsis?

A synopsis is a summary of your novel which you may be asked to give an agent or publisher as part of your proposal.

Synopses are written after you have finished writing your manuscript.

That’s partially to reflect any changes you made to the story during the writing process, and because some people (pantsers) don’t make plot outlines, preferring to make up the story as they go along.

(Of course, the downside to pantsing is that you risk getting stuck partway through your story, with no idea where to go next. Also, your first draft may need a lot more rewriting.)

Both Fiction & Nonfiction synopses generally are…

  • A narrative summary of a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction.

  • Think of it like enhanced jacket copy which relates the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

  • You will use your synopsis to introduce your main characters, establish the themes, and describe the events in the plot.

  • The synopsis might mirror the flow of events in the plot in a chapter-by-chapter manner, but it will still be presented in narrative format.

  • A synopsis rarely uses headers and similar material, except that some formats have separate paragraphs to introduce characters. In that case, those paragraphs are sometimes headed “Characters,” and the plot summary is headed “Plot.” But these formats are less common than ordinary narrative formats.

  • When we evaluate a synopsis, we’re checking that the plot is interesting and coherent.

  • We’re also checking whether the characters are interesting, but that might be easier to determine from sample pages. The synopsis will at least give us a starting point, though.

  • We might also be checking for other things like writing quality and tone, but the sample pages usually will be more useful for that purpose.

Many novels, memoirs, and other narrative works are sold on a synopsis plus some configuration of sample pages (generally the first seventy-five to one hundred pages or thereabouts). The purpose of a synopsis is to give a flavor of the tone and characters, the complete but condensed plot, and perhaps some thematic or other elements.

What's Included in Bobbin Premise Assessment?

Our Premise Assessment Package is everything you need to get from having a strong outline to writing a book that sells.

Bobbin's Guide to Premise PDF

An up-front primer that defines the terms used, explains and rationalizes the questions you’ll soon confront, and generally evolves and empowers your responses to the Questionnaire you’ll use to submit your premise for analysis. It’s a Cliff’s Notes tool for this program, defining terms and laying out the criteria used to vet your answers, a 101-level guide to everything you need to know about what makes a premise work, beginning with that it is, and isn’t.

Premise Questionnaire

A guided way to describe and submit your premise, broken down into elements.

Submit Your First 5 Manuscript Pages

Submit the first 5 pages from your book to get one round of feedback. This checks off the “narrative voice” box among the several other criteria for effectiveness that are required of a story that works.

Outline Template

If you need it, we’ll provide you with our Bobbin Story Structure Template for fiction authors. Or our Bobbin Nonfiction Book Template for nonfiction authors.

Line Edit

In-line comments inserted throughout your outline/synopsis.

Voice Recording

A 15 – 45 minute voice recording of summary insights.

Respond, Clarify and Revise

You’re invited to respond, clarify and revise, based on the feedback you’ll receive, or ask questions from that context. (Further iterations, if requested, can be negotiated from there.)

“What’s next”

Your editor will provide you with ideas and recommendations, relative to revision, further resources and even marketing (queries, submissions, strategies, etc.).

Additional Add-Ons

Additional Pages $10/page

You have the opportunity (optional, with additional fee) to add as many manuscript pages as you’d like your editor to read (beyond the scene already covered within the scope of the base program).

For example, you may want a “first quartile” analysis, up through the First Plot Point – as many as 100 pages, give or take – which is a valuable window into how your story has been setup and thrust into motion.

Extra pages are read at a prorated rate of $10 per page, up to 25K words (in addition to the program fee).

Gabriella Lepore Author

I really want to thank my editor for her insightful comments and suggestions. I feel my novel has evolved for the better because of her attention to detail and probing questions. She really made me think and reflect on what I had written, and offered alternatives. I also enjoyed her low key humor, which is greatly appreciated when one is grinding on a manuscript. Thanks again and I will be in touch.

Get your questions answered

Premise Assessment is not for writers seeking fluff reviews, but serious authors ready to take their work to a commercial level.

Premise Assessment Allows You To:

  • Check that your idea is commercially viable before you invest in editing.
  • Fix big picture issues, reducing your edits down the line.
  • Get professional feedback on the idea and architecture, for a fraction of the cost of a major edit.

Premise Assessment answers questions such as:

For Non-Fiction Authors

  • Why would readers find my book valuable? What do they get out of it? How will the knowledge in the book change their life?
  • How can I clearly define my audience and the value I’m providing to them?

For Fiction Authors

  • Character arcs - Is your hero well-formed? Does the external action progress their internal journey?
  • Pace & structure - Are scenes/subplots unnecessary; could others be added? Is the story interesting and surprising?

For All Authors

  • Commercial viability: Is the premise engaging?
  • Is your book idea ready for publishers and readers? What does it need to get there?

Who You Might Work With

Rachel Stout

Editor

Literary agent turned editor of fiction & memoir where narratives and protagonists have distinct, identifiable voices.

Jacquelin Cangro

Editor

Seasoned book editor with 20 years of experience at Penguin Random House committed to helping writers make their stories sing.

Lindsey Alexander

Editor

Former HarperCollins editor with 15 years of experience developing and editing award-winning books and NYT bestsellers.

Josh Raab

Editor

Experienced, passionate, and versatile non-fiction/fiction editor. Clients include Al Gore, Garth Brooks, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket).

Who should use Bobbin Premise Assessment?

WHO SHOULD

  • People who want to check that their book idea is commercially viable before investing in writing and editing

  • People who want to fix big picture issues, reducing your edits down the line.

  • People who are willing to invest the time and money necessary into quality

WHO SHOULD NOT

  • People who aren’t open to criticism or being told that something is in need of further work

 

  • People who want their book idea affirmed and seek blind praise

 

  • People who don’t like writing or don’t have the time to sit down and write (see Bobbin Elite)

Frequently Asked Questions

The more detail, the better. This might include a synopsis of the plot from start to finish, character profiles (incl. goals, motivations, conflicts and backstories), scene breakdowns, and sample scenes. Bobbin can also provide an outline template if needed; please contact us for this prior to ordering.

It includes comments inserted throughout the text you submit, as well as an in-depth report summarizing key insights and recommendations.

Delivery turnaround is two weeks (unless your editor notifies you up front of a backlog that could delay beyond that period).

If you're serious about taking your work to a commercial level, let's talk.

We’ll discuss your book idea, see if it makes sense, and help you understand the best next steps.

Outline Assessment
$74930-day money back guarantee
  • Outline Assessment up to 50 Pages

  • Professional feedback one round of feedback on your first 5 pages

  • Line Edit In-line comments inserted throughout your outline.

  • Voice Recording A 15 - 45 minute voice recording of summary insights.

  • Bobbin's Guide to Premise PDF

  • Premise Questionnaire A guided way to describe and submit your premise

  • Story Outline Template If you need it, we'll provide you with our book structure template.

  • Respond, Clarify and Revise based on the feedback you’ll receive, or ask questions from that context.

  • “What’s next” ideas and recommendations

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Synopsis Assessment
$49530-day money back guarantee
  • Synopsis Assessment up to 10 Pages

  • Professional feedback one round of feedback on your first 5 pages

  • Line Edit In-line comments inserted throughout your outline.

  • Voice Recording A 15 - 45 minute voice recording of summary insights.

  • Bobbin's Guide to Premise PDF

  • Premise Questionnaire A guided way to describe and submit your premise

  • Story Outline Template If you need it, we'll provide you with our book structure template.

  • Respond, Clarify and Revise based on the feedback you’ll receive, or ask questions from that context.

  • “What’s next” ideas and recommendations

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What authors like you are saying

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I liked the numerous changes, which felt more like choices and suggestions than a binary choice.

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Bobbin’s insightful edits and suggestions were invaluable and allowed me to take my novel to the next level.

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An absolutely amazing job! Couldn’t be happier with the end result. Every edit Bobbin made was made for a reason, rather than just for the sake of changing something.

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