Manuscript Evaluation is a review of your writing to consider its literary, commercial, or academic potential. If you are getting rejections without explanations, or just want an unbiased opinion before starting submissions, we’ll read and review your work. Our comments will identify weaknesses and provide advice. An evaluation does not guarantee publication, but it can improve your chances of success. Just as athletes benefit from coaches, writers benefit from editors.

Editing is a review of your work for spelling (Canadian or American), grammar, logic errors, missed references, incorrect use of plurals, format issues, and style. This makes sure your work is ready to submit. Editing is available for fiction and non-fiction, including academic papers. Please note that editing services for a thesis have special requirements, including permission from the supervisor.

Formatting is updating the layout of your work to meet the requirements of a specific style. This can include changing footnotes to end notes, modifying references, and moving page breaks.

File Conversions include extracting text from legacy software, and converting to and from PDF files.

WordPress and Website Consulting is intended for people with little or no internet or WordPress experience. We can assist you choose between WordPress.org and WordPress.com, transfer a site from one to the other, convert a blog to a site, obtain a domain name, and teach you how to maintain and update a site. This service is only available within the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Research Services are also available. If you need materials from Halifax area libraries or archives, we may be able to locate and obtain this for you. Local facilities include the Nova Scotia Provincial Archives, the Halifax Municipal Archives, and the university libraries at Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s, and Mount St. Vincent.

Rates

Rates vary depending on the task, the original material, and the amount of work required. Please contact us to obtain a quote. There is a minimum charge of $50.

Once terms are arranged, your work can be submitted as an email attachment. For manuscript evaluations, our comments are sent as a Word document. For editing, our suggested changes are in a Word document with tracked changes or highlighted, depending on your preference.

Payment is requested upon completion of the work. Larger projects may require a deposit. Payment can be made by PayPal or Interac e-transfer, in Canadian dollars.