Editing Services

Ruqaya’s Bookshelf Manuscript Critique Service

A story often needs to go through multiple drafts before it is ready for submission. Our experienced editor can guide you in the right direction in revising your story. To submit your manuscript for edits, please contact our editor at manuscripts@ruqayasbookshelf.com.

After reading your story with a careful and critical eye, our editor will provide you with a one to two page assessment of your manuscript, outlining areas of strength as well as where more work is needed. You will also receive an edited version of your story with comments and track changes.

Areas of critique include plot and narrative arc, point of view, character development, and language. The assessment will help address specific questions such as: are your characters relatable; do you have enough conflict and tension to drive your story forward; are you staying within your chosen point of view; is your language use consistent with the genre of your story and worldview of your character.

You will also receive specific suggestions and recommendations on how to proceed with revisions.

N.B. A manuscript critique does not include detailed line or copy edits. Edits in the manuscript will only be made where appropriate to highlight or illustrate a larger issue in the story. If you are interested in copy editing or proofreading only, please contact us for specific pricing.

**Use of this service does NOT guarantee publication of your manuscript by Ruqaya’s Bookshelf**

Rates for Manuscript Critiques

All prices are in CAD

Picture Books:

  • Under 1,000 words: $200
  • 1,000 – 2,000 words: $275

Chapter Books and Middle Grade Novels:

  • 4,000 – 6,000 words: $550
  • 6,000 – 10,000 words: $650
  • 10,000 – 15,000 words: $750

Editing Process

After receiving payment, our editor will confirm receipt of your manuscript and will provide you with a turnaround time (generally 2-4 weeks).

The editor will be available via email to answer any follow-up questions within one week of receiving your manuscript critique.

**All payments are final and non-refundable**


To submit your manuscript for edits, please contact our editor at editor@ruqayasbookshelf.com

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