I am a freelance editor and writing consultant with a Ph.D. in English. With over twelve years working as an editor and writer, I bring the very highest level of editing, coaching, and consulting skills to your academic, business, or non-fiction report, article, thesis, book, or e-book project.

services :: manuscript evaluation

manuscript evaluations graphicIT’S ALL ABOUT INSPIRATION. That’s what people say, but in truth, good writing demands hard work and perseverance. With a Ph.D. in literary theory and a published book on the subject, I know how hard it is to look objectively at your own work.

I bring a keen eye for detail and a friendly, “been there” understanding to the difficulties of creating strong, persuasive writing in today’s literary marketplace.

Whether you are looking for an agent or to publish your own e-book, and whether you’re looking to attract an academic or a popular audience, I will take the time to understand your motivations and goals and give you ideas and direction for finding the path forward.

I have worked as an editor for over 12 years, and my writing credentials include both fiction and non-fiction. I evaluate all forms of non-fiction, including self-help e-books and academic monographs, and occasionally take on certain genres of fiction. I encourage you to contact me to see if I would be the right fit for your work.

Working as your ideal reader, I will help you to

  • develop a critical eye for writing technique
  • play with format and the presentation of ideas
  • move easily between the big picture and the small details
  • enjoy the journey of creation

submitting your work

What to Expect

  • Comments on the content provided, including but not limited to presentation, believability (or reader confidence), and research
  • Overview of technique, including but not limited to style and tone
  • Suggestions to move the manuscript forward

A Personal Touch
In order to encourage a personal interaction, I also offer one of the following:

  • Response to three written questions submitted with the manuscript
  • A fifteen-minute phone conversation after your review of the completed evaluation

Format

  • Include a one- to two-page synopsis of your manuscript (no more than 500 words)
  • Indicate your copyright on the first page
  • I will evaluate either a paper copy or a computer file in Word or PDF. If you would like your paper copy returned, please include sufficient return postage and a suitable envelope.
  • Manuscripts should have one-inch margins, be double-spaced, and have an easy-to-read font (such as Times New Roman) in a standard size (12 pt). E-books that have specific formatting should be submitted by PDF.

Payment
Please note that payment must be made in full at the time of submission.

  • CAN $135 for the first 10 pages
  • CAN $2 for each additional page
  • Government taxes will be added for Canadian residents

Payment can be made by any of the following:

  • Interac email transfer
  • PayPal
  • Postal money order
  • Bank draft
  • Bank certified cheque

I would like to stress that my evaluation, and any changes you make based on my suggestions or direction, does not guarantee publication.

The evaluation of a manuscript does not include editing, although it may be suggested.

If you are looking for help with developing your manuscript, please see my Manuscript Development page.

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