This is probably a ridiculous question, but here goes. Does the "score" or "grade" from an online editing program such as AutoCrit make a difference with an agent?
In March I attended a writer's conference via Zoom. One of the speakers, a NY Times bestselling author, recommended the program and stated that after requesting a full manuscript some agents are plugging the manuscript into the program to find out the score.
The theory being that writers tend to polish our first pages, but the rest of the work might not be quite as shiny, and this saves the agent time.
Now, I realize that the primary goal was likely to sell the online editing tool (not cheap) and that these tools don't take a lot of things into consideration such as dialogue and does NOT take the place of a human editor. The program is useful because it points out things to reexamine. But...if a writer has no publishing credits would a high score be worth including in the query letter? This cook has no recipes, lol.
I don't think this is a ridiculous question.
Where do you keep your ice? is a ridiculous question (in a shoebox in the closet of course, where do you keep yours?)
I had not heard of AutoCrit until you brought it to my attention.
I'd certainly never used it.
So, I figured I'd check it out:
Here's the text I uploaded to assess utility:
The free option will give you a list of things that need revising:
The only way to get add'l info is to upgrade.
$30 a month/$297 annually
So, I took advantage of the intro price ($1!) and upgraded.
The program gives you a LOT of information.
of course, it doesn't tell you what the info means, or how to use it to revise.
Will this be of value to writers?
Sure, some, I guess.
Some being the folks who need remedial work on things like grammar and syntax. There are a lot of writers out there who don't know what they don't know. Software like this could be quite useful to them (if they actually pay attention.)
But those aren't the writers that make it past the first cull in the incoming queries. Writing with those kinds of problems gets a pass no matter how interesting the concept. I'm not an editor. I'm not going to edit your book.
What this algorithm can not tell you is if something is interesting.
can't measure tension. It sure as hell can't measure style.
As to your initial observation:
Telling a writer that an agent will dig in to the granular level of a manuscript to find out "what's wrong" demonstrates this author does NOT know what an agent does.
An agent is NOT interested in editing your manuscript.
agent is NOT interested in finding out what's wrong so she can tell you what to
fix. (or, heaven forfend offer to help you fix it!)
I'm interested in reading your manuscript to find out if it's something I love and want to champion.
You don't assess art using an algorithm.
And further, as a person in sales, I am totally turned off when I see anyone sell a service using scare tactics like this. If you can't sell a service on its merits, you need to rethink your strategy.
Much more effective: agents don't want to edit your ms. They don't want to find errors. Here's a way to spot those before you send your ms out.
Last week I posted a comment about "the gasp factor" in The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.
Increasingly, I look for the gasp factor in manuscripts I'm requesting.
No algorithm can assess that.
This service offers remedial level writing help.
it's useful to you is something you'd have to assess yourself.
It's not useful to me as an agent assessing manuscripts.
So to answer your question Will it help me if I don't have any pub credits?
(and you don't need pub credits to catch an agent's interest. I've signed and sold at least a dozen writers that had no previous publishing experience.)