One-on-One Full-Length Manuscript Critique

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Manuscript Critiques

 Are you ready to send that book manuscript out into the world? Have you already been approaching publishers and gotten close but not quite?  Are you always the bridesmaid in book contests and never the bride? Are you looking for another set of eyes and poetry expertise to have a look and point you in the right direction? I am currently taking on a limited number of slots for full-length manuscript book doctoring that includes both suggestions on strengthening the manuscript as a whole, and navigating the publishing world.  With 20 odd years of publishing experience both as a writer and editor, as well as a number of full length books & chapbooks  published by presses like Black Lawrence, Sundress Publications, Noctuary Press, Dusie, New Michigan Press, and others, I will be able to help you bring your book into the world!




Over the course of three weeks, you will receive..


*Notes on suggested structure and  organization to make your mss stronger and more appealing to publishers.


*Notes on which poems are integral to the mss. which are disposable, and which poems may still need to be written.


*Title and/or re-titleing suggestions. Line edit suggestions to make individual poems stronger.


*Directions on publishers that might be amenable to the style of your work


*Advice on submissions of the full mss. as well as individual poems to help build your acknowledgement page.




A writer and book artist working in both text and image,  Kristy Bowen is the author of  a number of chapbook, zine, and artists book projects, as well as six full-length collections of poetry/prose/hybrid work, including the recent SALVAGE  (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) and MAJOR CHARACTERS IN MINOR FILMS (Sundress Publications, 2015).  Her work has appeared extensively online and in print, including recent appearances in Paper Darts,  Hobart,  and i nterrupture,.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College and an MA in Literature from DePaul University. She lives in Chicago, where she runs dancing girl press & studio. Her 7th full-length book, LITTLE APOCALYPSE is due out in 2018 from Noctuary Press. Another, SEX & VIOLENCE, will be released by Black Lawrence Press in 2020.