The Blizzard Guy's Manuscript Review Services
So! Want to see if your manuscript is ready to market? Contact the Blizzard Guy and let's get started.You might have questions about our services. Check out the FAQs below.- - Or - -
Will the Blizzard Guy market my manuscript?
Nope. The Blizzard Guy is not an agency or publisher. The Blizzard Guy will check your manuscript to determine whether it is something that Americans would like to buy in sufficient quantities to make your writing anguish worthwhile.
What will the Blizzard Guy look for in my manuscript?
Lots of things. For example, the Blizzard Guy will evaluate the overall story for marketability, review grammar and structure, and comment upon character development, dialogue and point of view; he'll mark up the story for continuity and periodicity, make suggestions about readability, the all - too - critical ending and the internal hooks used to keep the reader up late at night, and so on. The above list is just partial, and other types of comments are likely for differing works. You'll be getting your money's worth.
How much does the Blizzard Guy want for his late hours and thoughtful critique?Novels:All right, how does the Blizzard Guy want to receive the manuscripts?
A typical novel of roughly 100,000 words (about 450 pages) will receive the Blizzard Guy's critique for $3.00 a page. This may vary, depending on length (more is less), so be sure to contact the Blizzard Guy ahead of time.
If you're submitting a shorter work, such as an anthology of short stories or even poetry, keep in mind that each work within the anthology will require its own separate critique, so they will cost more on a per-page basis. These will usually be critiqued for $4.00 per page, but may vary depending on a number of factors. Again, contact the Blizzard Guy ahead of time to get a direct quote.
Short Stories and Poetry:
Stand-alone short stories of up to 10 pages will get critiqued for a flat rate of $50. Each page beyond 10 will cost an additional $4.00 per page. Individual poems up to 3 pages in length will be critiqued for $10 per page. Poetry critiquing is very demanding, so you can understand why this this costs so much. If you are submitting several poems or short stories, consider packaging them as an anthology and save a few bucks.
Query Letters, Synopses, Outlines, etc:
The Blizzard Guy will review these for a flat fee of $25 each.
Screen and Stage Plays, Songs, etc:
Sorry, but the Blizzard Guy currently does not critique those types of literary art.Electronic Submission:Who is this Blizzard Guy, and what does he know about writing anyway?
Manuscripts should be submitted in either Word, Word Perfect or .rtf format, with normal (Arial, Times Roman, Courier, etc) 12-point fonts. Mac users must convert their manuscripts to one of the above Windows formats or HTML before submitting. Page size should be 8.5 inches by 11 inches, portrait oriented. The first page should contain the title, the author's name and copyright notice, and the start of the work. Subsequent pages should contain a header that shows the author's last name, the title of the work, and the page number. The body of the manuscript must be double spaced, and margins should be at least one inch all around. The Blizzard Guy will mark up the document electronically and return it via email or on diskette (your choice), where you can read the markups. You may also elect to receive the markup as hard copy, if you so decide, at no extra charge. You may embed any graphics in the manuscript, or include them as separate graphic files named so that the Blizzard Guy can see where they go in the manuscript.
Actual paper submission:
Manuscripts should be submitted on 20-pound white paper (normal copier or laser printer paper) with normal (Arial, Times Roman, Courier, etc) 12-point fonts. Paper size should be 8.5 inches by 11 inches, portrait oriented. The first page should contain the title, the author's name and copyright notice, and the start of the work. Subsequent pages should contain a header that shows the author's last name, the title of the work, and the page number. The body of the manuscript must be double spaced, and margins should be at least one inch all around. The Blizzard Guy will mark up the document and return it when completed, where you can read the markups and either smile or pull your hair out.
The Blizzard Guy is James R. Muri. A brief bio is available at his portfolio page, as are examples of his writings. Read any of the works to get a feel for his qualifications.
How do I pay for his services?
Typical terms are balance due upon your receipt of the completed critique.
Okay, I'm sold or at least interested. How do I get started?
Contact the Blizzard Guy. Tell him what you'd like to have reviewed, how many pages, your preferred submission method, etc. He'll reply with an estimate. After that you decide. Easy.