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How to submit

A Word's Worth

Manuscript Critiquing & Evaluation


Copy and paste the information form into the body of an email and answer all questions.

Attach your chapters/manuscript material to the email as Word or WordPerfect documents.

(Your documents will be returned to you with Leigh's margin notes, along with a letter of evaluation.)

Send submissions to leighmichaels @ hotmail.com (without the spaces)

Payment options:  PayPal (send to leighmichaels @ hotmail.com (without the spaces)


Enclose the information/submission form -- filled out, signed and dated.

Enclose the requested materials in standard manuscript format.

Enclose check, money order, or credit card information.

Enclose a self-addressed envelope large enough and already stamped with sufficient postage to return your materials to you.

If you wish to receive notification that your materials have been received, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard.

Mail your package to            Leigh Michaels

                                            A Word’s Worth -- Manuscript Critiquing & Evaluation

                                            P.O. Box 935

                                            Ottumwa IA 52501-0935

Frequently asked questions:

What is standard manuscript format?

Your chapter and synopsis should be double-spaced in 12 point type, in Times New Roman or Courier font, with one inch margins all around the page, averaging 250 words per page.

Smaller type sizes are not acceptable.

Printable sample standard manuscript format (Adobe PDF format)

Are you under time pressure?

If you need a quicker turnaround, email leighmichaels @ hotmail.com (without the spaces) to work out a schedule.

Would you like to look at samples?

View a sample critique

Printable sample critique (Adobe PDF format)

View a sample synopsis

Printable sample synopsis (Adobe PDF format)

Printable sample standard manuscript format (Adobe PDF format)

Who will read and evaluate my work?

Leigh Michaels will read and evaluate each submission and will write the feedback (critique and margin notes). Your work will not be read by anyone else.

Other questions?

Email leighmichaels @ hotmail.com (without the spaces). Please put "critiquing service" in the subject line to ensure that your query is properly directed.

Leigh reserves the right to return submissions if she feels she’s not the best person to evaluate your work. In such a case, the author’s check will be promptly returned along with the submitted materials.

Stated fees are introductory rates and are subject to change. In the event of a fee change, previous rates will be honored for authors who have materials pending.

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