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Critique Services

There are many aspiring writers who want to learn and prepare their work for publication. There are also many sites online that offer feedback and editing at premium prices, while making promises of guaranteed publishing success.  Most of those services are offered by people without experience, without publication credits to their name, and without real, inside insight into the publishing world.

I remember what it was like to be struggling to get some measure of success and recognition for my efforts, while receiving rejection letter after rejection letter for every submission sent.  The worst thing about those letters wasn’t that my work wasn’t being publishing.  It was not having enough information to know what I’d done right, what I’d done wrong, and how I could improve my work and chances of success.

For me, professional feedback from a published author helped me avoid a lot of common mistakes, which led to publication credits instead of rejection letters. I’ll never forget the day I walked into Barnes & Noble and saw my book on the shelves, or the e-mail I received from a long-lost friend, telling me she’d seen my book in a bookstore at the airport in Houston, or getting my work reviewed in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.

My success was possible because I had a willingness to learn, but it was also made possible when I found someone credible who could offer me professional feedback that enabled me to refine my manuscript and get it published.

I offer an affordable critique service for aspiring writers who are serious about professional publication.  For more information about my critique services, e-mail sandraruttan.spinetinglermag (at) gmail (dot) com

Manuscript Critique

feedback includes:
~ plot development ~ character development ~ hooks ~ tone ~ consistency ~ sensory writing ~ marketability ~ grammar ~ punctuation ~ formatting ~ publishing industry information ~ direct answers to your publishing questions


Short Story Critique:  Up to 25 pages submitted

$2.50 per page

Manuscript Critique: Up to 250 pages submitted

$2.15 per page

50 page minimum

Manuscript Critique: 250+ pages submitted

$1.85 per page

no page maximum

This rate applies to all pages sent if the work is 251 pages or longer.


Kindle Formatting**

$0.50 per page

50 page minimum

^ Documents to be sent double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12 pt font in Times or Courier.  Rates in US dollars.  Query letters and a synopsis or outline may be combined with a manuscript submission for the manuscript rate.

** Kindle formatting may be completed by Brian Lindenmuth, editor of Snubnose Press.  Brian’s editorial feedback is also available for the services listed above. Email for rates.


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