Services & Prices

Accepted Genres

At this time, Red Circle Ink is accepting manuscripts in the following genres and sub-genres of commercial fiction:

  • Romance — historical; paranormal, science fiction and fantasy; contemporary (category and single title); mainstream with strong romantic elements; all heat levels (sweet to erotic) welcome
  • Science fiction — hard SF; space opera; dystopian; any of the “punks” (steampunk, cyberpunk, etc.); slipstream; science fantasy; new wave considered after discussion with the author
  • Fantasy — urban and dark fantasy; alternate history; epic and mythic fantasy; light fantasy considered after discussion with the author
  • Thriller — psychological, supernatural, techno, and adventure thrillers; RCI is not taking on legal or crime thrillers at this time

Mystery, straight horror and memoir are beyond the scope of Red Circle Ink services at this time, as is literary fiction.

All lengths (short story, novelette, novella, novel, series) are welcome.

Accepted Writers

  • New writers
  • Old writers
  • Writers of any age, really
  • Authors of any publication status, including New York-published, e-published, self-published, and pre-published authors

Dilettantes need not apply. Not because we dislike dilettantes (after all, they tend to have nice scarves) but because nobody can really help them.

Deluxe Critique Partner Service:     $0.01/word
(Approx. $2.50/page standard manuscript formatting)

If you want big-picture, content-intensive feedback on plot and character development, inter-relational conflict, pacing, stakes, reader involvement, theme, voice, and “sparkle,” plus line-level comments on readability, flow, and word choice, the Deluxe Critique Partner Service is for you.

Friendly Advice:     $0.01/word
(Approx. $2.50/page standard manuscript formatting)

Not feeling tough enough to take a full critique? Choose this option (wimp!) but God help you if you decide to publish and can’t process tough feedback.

Copyediting:     $2.50/page

If you are confident the story is ready to go, and you just need a fresh eye with a focus on spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax, continuity, etc., choose this option. [ETA: After some rather shallow soul searching, I’ve decided to pull copyediting from my list of services. While I do line edit as I go (no writer with a red pen in her hand can stop herself from copyediting) I’ve decided copyediting is not where my true love lies… or lays… no, definitely lies. See what I mean? I have copyeditors I can recommend, so contact me if you’re having trouble finding someone.]

Please contact us before sending your manuscript or sample pages.


  • Pages must be formatted to standard manuscript specifications: 8 1/2 x 11, 1″ margins, double spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman, in .doc/.docx or .rtf file extension.
  • Even deluxe critique partners can’t guarantee sales. In case you were wondering, nothing guarantees sales.
  • Friendly advice still might sting overly sensitive types. If you think you might be one of these poor souls, you might go here instead.
  • Despite our best efforts, sadly, editing cain’t catch every error.