Editorial Services & Fees
Fiction and Nonfiction Manuscripts
The needs of each book project and author are unique and,
as a first step, we need to decide whether Dawn Marano &
Associates might meet those needs. We welcome you to call
or e-mail to discuss your project or idea.
Level One: Literary Consultation and Fee
A literary consultation may be appropriate for an author who has been working on a project for some time, or who has reluctantly set it aside, and who is seeking advice concerning its publication prospects. Questions that typically arise at this stage include the following: Is my book project viable? How do I find and contact potential publishers? Do I need an agent? Do I need to prepare a book proposal? For a fee of
$150, DMA will review up to 30 pages of work, which may include sample writing, a proposal, and synopsis or outline of the project, offering advice and guidance on these and other issues. A consultation for up to one hour by phone or in person is included. A retainer of
$150 is required to engage DMA for this service.
For an additional fee of $100, DMA will review up to 50 additional pages of work.
Level Two: Editorial Review and Fee
An editorial review may be appropriate as the first stage
of work on your book project. For a retainer of $750
we will read the entire manuscript (up to 300 pages) and
provide a concise editorial review outlining its strengths
and weaknesses and making general recommendations for revision. The written
review serves as a "talking-points" document, guiding a three-hour consultation by phone or
in person, which is included in the fee for this service. The consultation, a
dynamic exchange of ideas and approaches to your revision, will be tape recorded
for your convenience. For manuscripts longer than 300 pages, a pro-rated fee
scale per additional page will apply.
Level Three: Comprehensive Developmental and Substantive Edit and Fees
A comprehensive developmental edit may be appropriate as the
next stage for authors and their books. For a fee of $100 per hour
we offer an in-depth reading of the book
and comprehensive editorial notes, suggesting specific,
substantive changes to guide your revision. Four hours of consultation by phone or
in person is included. The consultation, a dynamic exchange of ideas and
approaches to your revision, will be tape recorded for your convenience. A retainer of
$1,500 is required
to engage DMA for this service, and an estimate will be provided for the total
cost of the project.
Please submit your manuscript pages double-spaced, using a 12-point font.
Level One: Editorial Review Consultation and Fee
A poetry consultation may be appropriate for a poet
who has been working on poetry for a while and seeks advice concerning taking
the work to the next level. Questions that typically arise at this stage include
the following: Are my poems ready to be sent out for publication? What are the
strengths and weaknesses of my poems? How can I improve my poems? For a fee of
$200, DMA will review 10 poems and give advice and guidance on issues such as
tightening the language, line breaks, word choice, titles, beginnings and
endings. A consultation for up to one hour by phone is included. A retainer of
$200 is required to engage DMA for this service.
Level Two: Manuscript Consultation and Fee
A manuscript consultation may be appropriate for
the poet who has a book-length manuscript and wants an independent evaluation of
the manuscript as a whole. For a fee of $500, DMA will offer an in-depth edit of
a poetry manuscript of 48-64 pages. This consultation includes not only
identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript, but also the
individual poems that may or may not be ready for the manuscript. We will give
specific feedback on language, the thematic structure of the manuscript and
order of sections. We will also look at the poetic devices of form, tension,
voice, and poetic risk. General feedback will be given to take the manuscript to
the next level. Two hours of consultation by phone is included. The phone
consultation, an in-depth exchange of ideas and approaches for your revision
process, will be tape recorded for your convenience. A retainer of $500 is
required to engage DMA for this service and place your manuscript on our