Wednesday, January 24, 2024

I have time in my schedule to critique short pieces of your writing

I’d love to help you with your query letter, opening chapter(s), short story, essay or picture book manuscript ~Brian

Rates for query letters and picture book manuscripts: $75 per hour, plus hst

Assume it will take me about an hour to read your work and to write in suggestions and edits or to rewrite your query, as needed, and then {included in that time} I’ll email you your edited work and we’ll chat on the phone about it.

For short works to about 10,000 words or 40 standard pages: $50, plus $5 per page. 

For example, an evaluation of the first 10,000 words of your manuscript costs: $50 + $5 x 40 = $250 + 13% hst = $282.50, plus add 20 cents per page (in this case $8) to partly cover the cost of printing your manuscript and mailing it back to you.

As with a consult for a very short piece, I’ll write edits and suggestions all over your manuscript and we’ll chat on the phone about it. Then I’ll mail the hard copy of your edited work to you.

About 10,000 words s the limit of what I can take on until the summer when I’ll be leading fewer courses.

If you do have a longer work you’d like me to evaluate, a novel for example, email me and arrange a spot on my schedule for the summer

For longer works, over 52 pages, the rate is: $210 + $2.00 per page. For example, a 200-page manuscript costs: 200 x $2 + $210 = $610 + 13% hst = $689.30. Plus 20 cents per page for printing and postage.

To arrange an evaluation or to reserve a place on my schedule, email


See my upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.

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