$500.00 USD

Comprehensive Edit: Poetry Manuscript Consultation

Our consultants offer rigorous, energizing feedback, including:

  • An intensive reading of your manuscript by an experienced, highly-qualified reader.
  • Thoughtful written comments, with suggestions for revision and next steps ahead.
  • Depending on what you and your consultant of choice prefer, a meeting in person or via phone or Skype to discuss next steps.

Comprehensive Edit = $1,700 (20 hours) - $2,700 (32 hours) It includes detailed line editing (basically, we note everything we see that could be polished or improved, line by line), inclusion, ordering, title brainstorming, and discussion of overall strengths and weaknesses, and whether or not we think the manuscript will be ready to submit for publication after revision, and if so, our suggested potential venues for publication. This option includes a free 60-90 minute telephone consultation upon our receipt of the balance owed, wherein we can discuss your manuscript, revision challenges, culled content, writing going forward, manuscript submission strategy or other publishing concerns that you wish to discuss, including how to partner with your future publisher for an optimal experience.

We estimate that a 50 to 70-page manuscript (including front and back matter) should take between 20 and 32 hours ($1,700 - $2,700). The range is wide because the hours required vary greatly, depending on the page count, how much work needs to be done, the accessibility of the style, and on how dense the writing is on the page, &c. 

Please note that all manuscripts submitted to consultants must be 12pt. font.

You will pay a non-refundable deposit now of $500, and pay the remainder to the Baltic by PayPal or by check once we have received your manuscript and give you an estimate of the total cost. 

This edit does not guarantee publication, but depending on what stage you are in in your work as a writer, how willing and able a reviser you are, and what your publishing goals are, it should bring you closer, possibly much closer. It will also assist your writing going forward.

Questions? Contact the Baltic at balticresidency@gmail.com

Adam Day is the author of A Model of City in Civil War (Sarabande Books), and is the recipient of a PSA Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Emerging Writers Award. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry London, and elsewhere. He founded and directs The Baltic Writing Residency in Sweden, Scotland, and Blackacre Nature Preserve.


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