$250.00 USD

Express 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.

Express Edit = $750 (10 hours) - $1,150 (15 hours) This is a less intensive version of the comprehensive edit, which can range from a focus on content inclusion and ordering, or line editing, or a combination, where we discuss overall weaknesses and strengths, and offer specific line edits for a number of example pages, allowing you to revise the manuscript with those suggestions in mind. We will also offer ordering suggestions which will be more general or more specific, depending on which price/hourly commitment you choose, and suggest what, if any, content should be cut or if some might be added. We will also give advice on whether or not we think the manuscript will be ready to submit for publication after revision, and if so, my suggested potential venues for publication

The 10 to 15-hour options include a free 30-minute telephone consultation upon my 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.

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

You will pay a non-refundable deposit now of $250, 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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