Leigh Blackmore has been writing and editing for over thirty years and has many years of experience in the assessment of book-length manuscripts.
He worked for 25 years in the Sydney book trade and publishing environments, is a widely published author, and has many years’ experience in assessing book-length manuscripts.
Manuscript appraisals across Australia and Internationally!
Leigh is now conveniently located in Wollongong NSW but has worked for clients nationwide. He has a passion for the written word, and a flair for helping authors take their manuscripts to the next level.
Whether you are a previously published author, or an emerging writer, Leigh can assist you to improve your work, making it more marketable to a potential publisher.
Proof Perfect is able to assess adult novels, children’s fiction, poetry, and nonfiction works.
I feel privileged to have received such a generous report, though perhaps it shouldn't be something I should be too ecstatic over of course as there is so much that needs addressing. But as I chip away cautiously, building what I believe is a story worth pursuing; I can see this report will guide me in the right direction. Please convey my thanks to the assessor, therefore, for an extremely constructive report. His ability to see things I really should be seeing myself by now…just reinforces what a long way I have to go yet... Anyway, you'll certainly be hearing from me again at some stage, as my understanding of novel writing gains more out of assessments than from any course I've been to at the NSW Writers' Centre. Thank you once again.
-- Author, Weatherman , March 2010
“ I’d like to thank the assessor for a comprehensive and professional assessment. I knew there was a problem with the manuscript but, given I have no formal literary training, I could not put my finger on it. I think the assessor has ‘hit the nail on the head’ describing the major deficiency in characterisation. I also appreciate the other issues that were commented upon.”
“ The appraisal is outstanding, constructive and most beneficial. I am delighted . Please convey my thanks for his thorough, aware and insightful work. A load has been lifted from my shoulders. I had reached the point that I couldn't see the wood for the trees. Now, I'm able to resume my work, hopefully, to bring Downloading Spirit to publication.”
- Author, Downloading Spirit , April 2008
“ I would just like to thank my assessor for the extremely positive assessment of my manuscript, Sol Incursion . It could not have come at a better time. I'm not one for longwinded speeches (perhaps slightly ironic for a potential novelist) so I'll simply say thank you.
“ I am most grateful for the appraisal, and find it of great assistance… I am in sympathy with the suggestions made, and feel able to address all of the points raised in the appraisal with benefit. Indeed, I have commenced working on the revision already. I would be grateful if you would convey to your assessor my appreciation for the thoroughness of the appraisal and the detail in the report.
I must say that, having read the MS over many times, I am still astonished to find such errors in the text as typos and repetition of words. Most importantly, I recognise that the MS would be strengthened by adopting the recommendations of your assessor regarding the substance of the story.”
Author, My Friend the Sea , Sept 2007.
“ I found the report extremely useful. I am well on the way to completing a total redraft of my manuscript. The further into the work I get, the more impressed I am with the skill of the person who prepared the report. I feel that the assessment helped generate a substantial improvement in my manuscript.”