The following has been prepared as a response to several requests from people seeking editorial help at different stages of a writing project.
Since retiring from the University of Victoria, I have received many requests to read and critique the manuscripts of novels and short stories. I have edited a few novels for publishers, and have taken on a number of these requested critiques when the timing is convenient and the projects appealed.
These critiques have usually included (1) some copy-editing, (2) marginal scribble indicating thoughts while reading, (3) pages of printed comments after appropriate breaks such as the ends of chapters, including questions, suggestions, reactions, editorial observations, and attention to grammar, (4) general printed observations and comments on the manuscript as a whole, recognition of the writer's intentions, acknowledgement of the areas most successful, and discussions of the main weaknesses with recommendations for improvement.
To establish appropriate fees, I have taken the Writers Union of Canada's reading fee as a general guide, but have also considered the time and effort required by works I've critiqued in the recent past. My receipt for payment may be used against any income tax you are required to pay on your writing income.
Those interested in contacting me about this should probably have a look at A Passion for Narrative: a guide for writing fiction (McClelland and Stewart) before doing so.
I have no way of guaranteeing eventual publication.
I consider my involvement to be confidential.
My involvement does not include a willingness to be quoted to agents or publishers, to provide letters of support, or to write dust jacket blurbs!
For more information or a price list, requests may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org