• Gail Anderson-Dargatz
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  • Gail Anderson-Dargatz

  • Gail Anderson-Dargatz

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on fire 0"Perhaps there’s no greater proof of a manuscript editor’s work than when the writer they mentor gets a publishing contract, but what I found most valuable was applying Gail’s insightful comments when I began to plot a new book. Her voice has been in my head as I write my first draft. Working with Gail has been a gift that keeps on giving."

-- Maia Caron, author of Song of Batoche

To hear what other writers have to say about Gail's services, click on praise.

Gail's manuscript evaluation service is for writers at all levels of experience: emerging writers, self-published authors or published writers with one or more books published by a traditional publishing house.

This developmental edit focuses on the big picture (story and structure, point of view, character development, voice) but also includes notes on the finer elements of craft. Writers can expect at least ten pages of indepth notes on their project and will have the opportunity to engage in a one-on-one brainstorming session with Gail by email.

Gail also offers help in navigating the often confusing, intimidating and ever-changing publishing world, with tips on getting your book out there.

To see what writers have to say about Gail's developmental edits and mentorships, please click on praise.

Please note that this is not a line-by-line or copy edit service. A manuscript evaluation will not guarantee publication.

How it works:

Writers submit their manuscript by email, usually on the first of the scheduled month. Within six week's time, Gail offers a detailed set of notes of ten pages or more. At that point, Gail invites the writer to ask questions and brainstorm with her over the course of a day, again by email.


A flat reading fee of $375 plus $3.25 per manuscript page plus GST/HST for your province. For example, a 200-page manuscript would cost $1025 plus GST/HST ($375 + $650 + GST/HST). Manuscripts are in Times New Roman, font 12, double-spaced.

A $200 non-refundable deposit is due on registration, so please make sure you can commit to your chosen submission date.

The full fee must be paid before Gail begins work on your project.



Writers may register at any time. However, Gail's schedule often fills months in advance so book your slot early.

To register or for more information, email Gail's office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.