Manuscript Services

Are you looking for a new pair of eyes for your poetry manuscript?

I love helping both new and established authors whip their poetry collections into their best (and most publishable) manuscript or chapbook.  I have done book consulting and editing services for a number poets over the years, including Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Jack McCarthy, Derrick Brown, and Anis Mojgani

Example Services

  • * Help poets discover the underlying theme or narrative progression to their manuscript and then select and/or arrange the poems to best reflect that theme.
  • * Perform a close reading of individual poems for style and consistency, including flagging confusing or inconsistent lines/imagery.
  • * Provide light copy editing, including punctuation, spelling, and capitalization errors (while respecting the idiosyncrasies of the poet).
  • * When requested, provide a poetry reader’s perspective on poetic choices such as line breaks, formatting, word choice, and style.

Rates and Products

I charge an hourly rate for my services.  A typical 50-150 page poetry manuscript can require anywhere from 5 to 15 hours of work, and at the end of the review, I provide a detailed 5-10 page report with my feedback.  The author always guides my work, and I focus on the areas where you feel your manuscript needs the most attention.



Contact Me!

If you are interested in talking about your manuscript and what services and advice I can offer, contact me at:


You can see examples of my manuscript consulting work in the following books:

The Year of No Mistakes
by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

How to Love the Empty Air
by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

How the Body Works the Dark (forthcoming)
by Derrick Brown

by Jack McCarthy


Allow the Light (forthcoming)
by Jack McCarthy



The Pocketknife Bible
by Anis Mojgani