Rates vary according to the type of work and length of the manuscript.

 Estimated costs:

  • Rate: $35 an hour
  • Estimated time: approximately 1 hour to read and mark up 10 pages of manuscript.
  • Report: $125.00.


This example is based on a 300 page (double spaced – see submission guidelines below) manuscript

  •  300 pages / 10 hours = 30 hours to read / mark up manuscript
  • 30 hours x $35 per hour                             =$1,050.00
  • Report @ $125                                           = $  125.00
  • Total project cost:                                         $1,175.00

If you choose to move forward, I will provide a contract, which you are welcome to have reviewed, and if the project is agreed upon there is a 25% (non-refundable) deposit required with the return of the contract. The remainder of the contract amount will be due upon return of the manuscript and report. If you have a contract you prefer to use, I am flexible. The rate will be indicated in the contract, based on the number of manuscript pages and the deposit will be based on the rate.

Writing Services


 Manuscripts must be submitted in standard guidelines as described below:

  •  One inch margins all around
  • Double space – no other options *
  • Title page with authors name and contact information in upper left corner (single spaced); number of words upper right corner; title of work centered 3 inches from the top.
  • All subsequent pages should have header information – author’s last name and title of work in upper left corner; page number in upper right corner.

*Double spacing is important for two reasons: 1) it is the expected submission style for both publishers and agents; 2) my rate is based on reading a double spaced manuscript. If you submit something other than that, the rate may change.

 Please do not design your manuscript to look like a book. That is what publishers do. The author’s job is to write the story. You should not get sidetracked in trying to make your manuscript appear as an already-published work. When you submit your work to an agent or publisher, ‘plain’ is best.

 I work with electronic submissions in Word, and I utilize the tracking function to make my comments and recommend changes. If you are unfamiliar with this process and how to work with it once you receive the manuscript back, please let me know.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this information. I look forward to working with you!

 It should be noted that I am not an agent or publisher. I assist you in preparing your manuscript to make it submission quality for the agent or publisher you choose.

 If you are considering self-publishing, I would be happy to discuss that option and provide advice for proceeding in that direction.

© Roy Bartels 2012