Authors who desire professional guidance (not a complete editing) for their articles and books may request a manuscript evaluation by e-mailing guthsc@att.net with brief information about themselves, a concept statement about the article or book, its length, and a table of contents (if applicable). As quickly as possible I will reply about whether I can do the evaluation, and by what date.

Unsolicited manuscripts may or may not be deleted.

If I decide to evaluate your project, you must send it as a Word attachment that can be marked up electronically. (I choose not to work with physical copies and the mail service.)

I will provide comments about your ideas and writing style. I will encourage you to use short sentences, active voice, strong verbs, solid research, compelling anecdotes, and whatever else your manuscript needs. I may also provide my opinion about what it might take to get published.

I will not necessarily flag every single problem but will assume that once I have noted a type of problem (for example, the use of passive voice when active would be better) that you are competent to find the rest.

There is a $100 upfront fee, the minimum charge for this service. This amount must be paid by cash or check before I can undertake the job. Once I receive this fee, I will commence the work, at $75 an hour (with a six-hour maximum for books).

The upfront fee will disappear once I pass one hour and 20 minutes during the manuscript evaluation process (replaced by the hourly charge, for a total of $100, at $75 per hour).

If you request that I serve as your agent, any related charges would be additional.