Manuscript Services

Manuscript Services for Writers

Sometimes we need to let someone else take the wheel for a while.

Finishing the first draft of a manuscript is an amazing and complicated moment. The thrill of completion washes over us and is quickly met with the looming question — what next? Am I supposed to actually re-read this thing? Where do I even start? Having a trusted ally in that moment can be a life saver.

Firefly’s writing coaches have a knack for getting to the heart of what your writing needs in a way that’s loving, honest and uncomplicated.

Every package starts with a lively 25-minute chat on the phone so you can meet your coach, and she can get clear on where you want your piece of writing to go. Then she’ll mail you a little package of we-know-it’s-hard-to-have-your-work-out-of-your-hands-but-just-relax-it’s-all-going-to-be-okay supplies, and she’ll cozy up with your work for 1-4 weeks (she’ll let you know how long before starting.)

Your coach will approach your work with a wide open heart and mind, listening close for the deep music of your work, and for your unique power as a writer.  She’ll read it 2-3 times to fully digest it, and she’ll cover it in little comments, hearts and notes, to let you know her impressions as she moved through it. She’ll also write you a long letter, answering all your questions and explaining exactly where she sees your project’s strengths, where it loses focus, and where it could use a little more writing.

After that, you’ll meet with your coach over the phone or Skype, or — our favourite — face-to-face in Toronto — to talk though all the feedback, and then your coach will be available for two full weeks via email to answer any lingering questions and make sure that you are launched on your path to a stellar second draft.

Please note, we only review manuscripts over 20,000 words, and we don’t work with every manuscript that comes in, only the ones that let our skills shine. After we receive your intake form, we’ll get back in touch within the week to let you know if we have the perfect coach lined up for you.


The price for this service is 3 cents per word. If you’re looking for the cheapest possible coach, we won’t be the right fit for you. We invest deeply in each project that comes in, and we can only do that if you are investing in us.

Ready to dive?

Fill in an intake questionnaire

You’ll be asked to submit a sample of your work, so have it ready!

When you’re ready for a copy editor, we have that covered too.

When you get to the stage of needing someone to finely polish your prose free of typos and grammatical ticks, our in-house editor Sarah is your woman. She is meticulous, big-hearted, and one of the smartest people we know. Click here to learn more.

What People Are Saying…

I received your feedback on my work yesterday and I just have to say that I am in awe of this process already. You are a wickedly brilliant teacher. Your thoughts and questions were appropriate, insightful and just plain, well, not scary. It made me realize what writing truly means to me on a multitude of levels.

Shamsi Pettus
Artist, Belly Dancer

I just wanted to say that I am so grateful for your knowledge, skill and insight, and also for your grace, care, tact, kindness and love. Your comments on my novel are immeasurably helpful, and even more so because I can take them in a spirit of love without feeling at all defensive. I send you my deepest appreciation for your care with my work, and with my delicate artist’s soul.

Alex Hickey

I’ve had some unique life-experiences and wanted to try writing a book about them. Only problem was, I had no idea where to start. Enter Firefly! Chris worked carefully with me to ensure that I not only had the passion to continue on my own, but the technical skills too. I’m proud to say I finished my first 280 page novel and am now in the process of finding an agent and bringing it to life. I couldn’t have done it without Firefly’s passion, knowledge and encouragement. If you have a yearning to learn how to write, I’d strongly recommend giving Firefly a call.

Alex Brooks

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