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
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.
Reader’s Reports: $2.50 / page to 100 pages. Then add $0.75c / page.
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.
I send itemized invoices, and do not currently collect sales tax. 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.