Manuscript Consulting

Would you like support with your writing project?

I can help!

As a published novelist and award-winning writer of short fiction, I love partnering with other writers to help them realize the potential of their work.

I’ve been a teacher for many years. Currently, I teach fiction writing in online workshops, with the Community College of Baltimore County, and with Baltimore Bridges, a program for inner-city high-school students. I’ve also been a teaching fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshops, a mentor in Adroit Journal‘s summer program for high-school fiction writers and poets, and an assistant editor at Bartleby Snopes literary journal.


“I have had two workshops with you and you really know your stuff.  You are a smart and sensitive person who knows exactly how to get to the heart of a story’s problems.” – Louise M., Kenyon Review Writers Workshop participant

“The techniques taught in this course were very helpful to me. I can apply them to everything I write:  short stories, individual scenes in my novel, the entire novel, and even the creative nonfiction pieces/personal essays I write. It is a truly valuable tool that you have given us, Kris…I cannot thank you enough for this experience and for everything you have taught me.” – Shanti C., online fiction course participant

I’d love to work with you on your writing project. Keep reading below for info on what I offer, my rates, and how the process works.

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Max, fellow word enthusiast

What I offer:

  • Line/content editing (for pieces of any length)
  • Structural/developmental feedback (for larger works such as novellas, novels, and story collections)
  • Maps for future work (if you have an incomplete project and would like suggestions on how you might continue it)
  • Combinations of any/all of the above

My rates:

  • My fee is $50 per hour, to read your work and provide detailed feedback. This equates to about $50 per 15 pages of writing. 

How it works:

  1. Send me an email at, subject line “MS Consulting.” Then:
  2. I’ll schedule a free 30-minute phone call with you, to talk about your project, your goals for it, and the kind of help you’re looking for.
  3. Once we make sure I’m a good fit for you, you’ll send me your project.
  4. Based on its length and my initial overview of the work, I’ll quote you a price and give you an estimated date of completion. (Note: Projects requiring 10 hours of work or less will be finished within a week of start date. Longer projects may take up to 4 weeks.)
  5. If the price is $250 or less, I’ll ask for your full payment up front.
  6. If the price is higher than $250, you can either:
    1. Provide a down payment of half the cost, and pay the rest when the project is finished; or
    2. Pay the full cost up front, with a discount of 10%.
  7. Once we’ve set up your payment plan, I’ll begin work.
  8. When I’ve finished, I’ll send you my comments.
  9. After you’ve reviewed them, we’ll schedule a second free 30-minute phone call, for me to answer any questions you might have.

Sound good?

Email me today at to get started!

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Templeton, who also loves a good book