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Manuscript reviews

Struggling with a manuscript? Want an editor’s opinion? Before you revise again or pay for an edit, compare my reviews. Choose a Reader’s Report or a Manuscript Evaluation.

Writers need different kinds of help from an editor, depending on their experience and progress with a manuscript. These reviews are part of a laddered set of services and tools that I offer:

Components Reader’s Report Manuscript Evaluation
Strengths, best features Yes Yes
How to make the best of the strengths. What needs improvement. Yes Yes
Scope and point of view Yes Yes
Better ways to organize. Yes Yes
Organization 1: sections and links. Yes Yes
Organization 2: context and background. No Yes
Continuity: transitions, cross references, and time shifts No Yes
Style: suitability of tenses and point of view. Yes Yes
Comments in the text. No Yes
Pictures (if any): quality, captions, and copyright. Yes Yes
Possible legal problems. Yes Yes

 

Components of Readers Reports and Manuscript Evaluations

Strengths: best features and how to make the best of them. What needs improvement.

Scope and point of view: Better ways to organize.

Organization 1: sections and links.

Organization 2: context and background (Not in Reader’s Reports)

Continuity: transitions, cross references, and time shifts (Not in Reader’s Reports)

Style: suitability of tenses and point of view

Comments in the text      (Not in Reader’s Reports)

Pictures (if any): quality, captions, and copyright  

Possible legal problems

 

Payment

Payment is due on delivery of invoice and completed work. I accept payment through Paypal or etransfer. Personal cheques are accepted only if pre-arranged. For first-time customers and those located outside Canada, I may request part or full payment upfront.

Reader’s Reports are usually two to three pages, or 500 to 750 words. They are suitable for early drafts of a manuscript.

Manuscript Evaluations are intended for writers who have had informal comments from family and friends, and revised several times. For these reviews I usually write between six and ten pages. They contain the features of Reader’s Reports and more, with greater detail and deeper analysis.

Rates and payment

My sliding scale of pricing uses the editorial average of 250 words per page.

I do not currently collect sales tax

Reader’s Reports: $2.50 / page to 100 pages. Then add $0.75c / page.

Examples:

Words Pages CAD$
25,000 100 250
30,000 120 265
35,000 140 280

Manuscript Evaluations: $3.50 / page to 100 pages, then $0.75c / page. If you have had a Reader’s Report from me previously, take off $25.00.

Examples:

Words Pages CAD$
25,000 100 350
30,000 120 365
35,000 140 380