Updated: Sep 1, 2020
Services Provided: Primarily, my clients include writers of poetry who have full-length manuscripts (~9,000 words) or chapbook-length manuscripts (~3,000 words) that would benefit from an expert’s advice on how to prepare it for publication. On a case-by-case basis, I can also be available to fiction and nonfiction writers, including scientists and researchers. My rate is $85 per hour. The average project will take been 5 hours and 18 hours to complete, depending on your needs.
The assessment of your poetry collection includes:
Written overall assessment of my findings, concerns, and suggestions, including an evaluation of your skills and your project’s readiness for publication
Written revisions, edits, and/or comments on each poem, as needed
Poetic-line-break suggestions, as needed
Thematic assistance, if needed
Evaluation of the quality of your imagery and sensory details
Evaluation of the quality of your word choices (with an emphasis on nouns and verbs)
Evaluation of sound qualities
Transitions/section breaks evaluation
Evaluation of the organization of the poems
Evaluation of title, if requested
Grammatical edits, if requested
Book recommendations, if requested
Website recommendations (e.g. lists of contests, magazines, small presses), if requested
After I’ve completed the assessment and sent it to you, you have the option of one back-and-forth email exchange or a one-hour meeting in Seattle. Alternatively, a 45-minute Skype date or a 45-minute phone call can be scheduled.
My approach unites consulting with coaching and advising. Additionally, I will honor your needs by providing individualized consulting, meet our agreed-upon deadline, honor your art’s integrity, and delete all digital and paper copies of your manuscript
Extras (fees may apply*):
Advice on classes, graduate school, writing groups, etc.
Support for your writer’s block*
Critique of individual poems not included in the manuscript-in-progress*
Post-publication marketing support*
Exclusions: Introductions to literary agents; researching manuscript contest and small/university presses; incorporating edits into your manuscript; refunds.