poetry manuscript consultations

Dear poet: Looking for close reading and thoughtful feedback from a published poet and experienced teacher? I’m offering a limited number of poetry manuscript reviews over the next few months, and I want to read your work. (Learn more about me; my book; my teaching experience.)

All manuscript reviews will include detailed comments and line-edits on each individual poem, plus a written response that considers the manuscript as a whole, with recommendations for revision, feedback on titles, reading suggestions, and strategies for ordering your manuscript.

Each manuscript review includes the following:

Packet of 10 pages of poems: $100

  • notes and line-edits on each individual poem
  • written letter (1-2 page, single-spaced) in response to the overall manuscript

Chapbook of 20-25 pages: $200-$250 ($10 per page of poems)

  • notes and line-edits on each individual poem
  • written letter (2-3 pages, single-spaced) in response to the entire manuscript

Book manuscript of 50-60 pages: $500-$600 ($10 per page of poems)

  • notes and line-edits on each individual poem
  • written letter (3-5 pages, single-spaced) in response to the overall manuscript

You can also add a Facetime, Google Hangout, or a regular old phone call, depending on your preference, to be scheduled at a mutually convenient time.

I’ll approach your manuscript not as a broken thing in need of fixing, but rather, as an exciting, evolving, in-progress thing worthy of attentive guidance. My suggestions for revision aim to honor your own approaches, experiments, and evident goals, and are not advice on how to transform your manuscript to better suit my personal preferences.

To get started

  1. Send me an e-mail to oliver dot bendorf at gmail dot com and attach your manuscript as a Word document.
  2. I will write you back and confirm a rate, then send you an invoice through Paypal, which you can pay online.

If you’ve also paid for a Skype session, please coordinate with me by email to schedule it.

(Go here to learn more about me; my book; my teaching experience.)

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