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Poetry Manuscript Appraisal Checklist

On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading:

  • reads and reviews your poetry book manuscript, then
  • writes a manuscript appraisal report based on our Checklist.

Our Poetry Manuscript Appraisal Checklist

Our manuscript appraisal (or manuscript assessment) report will cover, among other things, recommendations about:

  • structure and order of poems
  • relevance and quality of each poem to the whole (and/or poems to be deleted)
  • title of each poem, and title of the book
  • fonts/styles used for each poem/the book
  • (if appropriate), corrections or additions to preliminary pages and/or cover (introduction, publication information, dedication, blurb etc.)

We will also recommend one or more of the following:

  • further self-editing (as per our recommendations/instructions)
  • a structural or copy edit by a professional editor who specialises in poetry
  • proofreading
  • graphic design and self-publishing
  • submitting to a publisher.

For more information about our poetry manuscript appraisals:  Contact us.

For more information about poetry in general

This article has been proofread by Dee Sansom from On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading.

Photo: Sally-Anne Watson Kane.


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