I heard Isobel Creed of The Writers' Consultancy on Newstalk the other day and she sounded nice and sincere, so I thought I'd tell y'all about her business.
She's a former London literary agent and publisher, living in County Cork, who offers manuscript appraisals for a fee to Irish writers. This is potentially a very useful service for those who are floundering a bit and wondering what to do next with their finished book. Her company "will read your work objectively and provide a full critical assessment of your manuscript with editorial feedback that is genuinely useful in helping you to develop your skills as a writer".
Her fees are:
1-2 page synopsis and up to 50 double-spaced pages - €150
1-2 page synopsis and up to 100 double-spaced pages - €250
Manuscripts of 101-200 double-spaced pages - €400
More fees and info on the website.
Her very attractive and clear website is here: The Writers' Consultancy