Manuscript Evaluation

Have you written a short story or novel? A personal essay or longer work of non-fiction? Before you have your composition professionally copyedited, you might consider a manuscript evaluation. This service is less expensive than a full copyedit and gives you an opportunity to address potential challenges in your manuscript.

My manuscript evaluation includes the following:

  • Evaluation of writing technique (style and technical astuteness).
  • Assessment of content (e.g, characterization, dialogue, credibility, narrative arc).
  • Suggestions for developing/finessing the manuscript.
  • Responses to three specific questions you submit with your manuscript.


  • Up to 2,500 word submission: CA$140
  • Full manuscript: CA$140 for first 2,500 words + $2.25 per 250 words thereafter (e.g., fee for 50,000 words: $140 + $427.50 = $567.50)

In your request, please:

  • Provide a word count for the entire manuscript;
  • Indicate whether you would like me to evaluate the full manuscript or the first 2,500 words;
  • Indicate the genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, academic monograph, etc.).

Note: For novelists submitting their debut novels for evaluation, I strongly recommend an initial evaluation of the first 10 pages.



  • Manuscript evaluations take one to six weeks, depending upon the length of the submission.
  • The evaluation comes in the form of a separate document. While I may make a few notes in the margins of your document, the evaluation does not include a copyeditor’s exhaustive commentary on the manuscript.
  • The manuscript evaluation process is not a guarantee that your work will be published.

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