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Been staring at the same page for days?
 

Punctuation, spelling, and grammatical issues are the first red flags a publisher will notice. These issues tell us a piece of writing needs a little further time and attention. Butcher's Dog can help you improve the readability of your writing to ensure it is free of error, inconsistency, and repetition.

Beyond the very basic - usually mechanical - proofreading other sites offer, we specialise in the meaning of a text. We sense check what your material is conveying and how. So whatever you are writing: poetry, prose or prose-poetry, we have editorial skills at the ready to elevate your work in preparation for submission to publishers.

Want a personalised response to your latest poem?

 

We now offer in-depth editorial feedback. Our tailored feedback outlines how the engine of your poem works for a reader, what meanings are conveyed, and how your use of language might be improved upon. We can also provide feedback across poems to help you move toward a pamphlet or collection. 

1. Purchase the relevant package.
2. You'll immediately receive an email containing a digital download.
3. Open the download to read where and how to send your poem to our editor.

4. Within 48 hours between 9am - 5pm (Monday to Friday) we will confirm receipt of your work and begin to read.

5. You’ll receive your in-depth personal feedback by email within 21 days.

 

Our editorial support is of industry standard. Pricing is in line with the minimum rates suggested by the Society of Authors and the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.

 

Pricing is in line with the minimum rates suggested by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. The editorial support is of industry standard and delivered with postdoctoral insight.

We can't wait to read your work.

Preparing a pamphlet for publication?

 

Not sure if it is ready to send to a publisher for their consideration? We can give you the feedback you've been waiting for.

 

This goes far beyond the basic proofreading your word processor provides. Butcher's Dog will read into the heart of your poems, listen to their music and be open to their possibilities. We look for echoes of meaning and synergies in sound. We consider sequencing, identify gaps and can make suggestions to bring your pamphlet up to industry standards before it even hits your favourite publisher's doormat.    

This feedback covers up to 30 pages of poetry. Pricing is in line with the minimum rates suggested by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. The editorial support is of industry standard.

We can't wait to read your work.

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Aoife Lyall currently has the availability to offer pamphlet feedback.

Please click her picture for more information about the process and how to purchase a pamphlet feedback package.

CLIENT TESTIMONY

'Wow! What a gift this feedback is. The document contained a detailed, focused and careful reading of each of my poems written in a friendly yet precise way. The technical feedback was invaluable, especially from an editorial perspective. However, the feedback was so much more than this; an open and generous exploration of my poems from an expert reader’s perspective and the themes, emotions and ideas these prompted. It’s a real thrill to read how someone has engaged with my work.

 

The comments were both specific and constructive; helping me identify which parts of the poems worked and which needed more attention. Within the detailed feedback on each poem were insights into how the poems connected to one another - this drew my attention to wider aspects of my style/voice and the themes of my work that are sometimes hard for me to see when I am so close to my work. The encouraging and supportive tone made me feel the editors really wanted me to succeed. As well as making these poems stronger, I’ve been able to take the learning and apply it to other pieces - this experience has boosted my confidence and encouraged me to be bolder with my writing'.

Built up a collection and need an honest response before it goes to your dream publisher? Creating a portfolio for an academic assessment?

 

We can give you the feedback you've been waiting for.

Butcher's Dog considers what dynamic each poem brings to your collection. We seek threads and identify narrative movement, including those necessary poems that act as palate cleansers. Crucially, we can spot where something is missing or where the order of ideas or sound is not quite flowing. 

 

This feedback covers up to sixty pages of poetry. It goes far beyond the basic proofreading your word processor can provide. We read into the emotional core of your poems as committed readers and look for opportunities to augment and enhance the spirit present in the work. 

 

Pricing is in line with the minimum rates suggested by the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. The editorial support is of industry standard.

We can't wait to read your work.