Manuscript Editing-Mentoring

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Blue Lyra Review now offers poetry manuscript consults through Submittable at $24.99 per 20 pages. A real deal in comparison!

What does this entail? First, it is strictly for poetry only – however, please contact us for other genres as we may or may not depending on that editor’s workload.

Second, be aware that many of these manuscripts seen have now been published! If you look online, most places charge a min. of $150 – $500! This is your opportunity to get an editor’s eye, one who is an avid reader and passionate wordsmith!

This will include: a general overall critique (order, content, stanza arrangement, what is working and what is not, etc.) of a manuscript of poetry no more than 20 pages or $1 per page!

My main priority is to improve what is there, giving the writer a perspective of what is publishable, what is memorable, what is working, what is not working, & what might be changed or rearranged.  

Again, this is not a line by line comment (although I do comment on some lines and give suggestions). The critique is from the perspective of a careful editor and avid reader.  I will focus on order (if you request it) but also what poems I feel should be included and/or excluded from the group. I will be thinking of it as a manuscript so please include all the information as if you will be submitting it for publication! If possible, I may get comments or feedback from other writers I know to add a paragraph of comments which may or may not support my views on the critique.

Please include cover page, table of contents, and acknowledgment page. I am commenting on the manuscript as a whole!

We may also consider the unpublished poems for publication {upon your agreement}.

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The money will be used for two purposes: 1) a donation to one of the charities we support (see our Charity Page at bluelyrareview.com) and to accomplish our goal of producing a best of print edition to be released December 2013. We also take donations through Paypal (again, see our Charity Page )

Please be aware that $1.14 is for credit card fee and $1.30 is for Submittable fee. Also, we list manuscript critiques from other writers and sites here.

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