ChickenBones Publishing Services

ChickenBones Publishing Services


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



ChickenBones Publishing Services

Rudolph Lewis, Editor & Critic



 Editorial and Critique Services Available

Individual Fees Are Based on Manuscript Length

For Critiques, Manuscripts will be accepted by Regular Mail

Contact Rudolph Lewis for more specific information


We can provide you three kinds of services:

1. Page editing. This service includes spelling checks, punctuation, grammar, comments on word choice, sentence structure improvements, and some sentence rewriting, paragraphing or paragraphing restructuring, (if required).

2. Critiques. This service provides an overall appreciation of the manuscript in its presentation, including plot and character development when it comes to fiction, as well as the structuring of the manuscript, whether it is short story or novel or nonfiction. This service will deliver a written critique and a manuscript mark up. The markup will include as well a pointing out of factual as well as historical inaccuracies.

The return of the marked-up manuscript will include a postage cost.

If the manuscript is poetry, we will provide an appreciation of the poems (including particular lines) and a pointing out how the poems can be improved and how the poems as manuscript might be restructured.

The critique will make comments on word choice, a determination whether the writer has underwritten or overwritten, that is, whether the writer has sufficient supporting facts or sufficient social and political background. The critique will also conclude with a set of recommendations.

The writing of Introductions or Afterwords will be an additional cost of $400.

3. Promotion on ChickenBones: A Journal, a popular ten-year-old journal with an international audience. For $100 a month, we will feature your book or your product or service on the opening page, within the top twelve slots. This service includes the creation of a full page, including text and photos. Subsequent months, an additional $75 a month.

The editing costs of our services depend largely on the size of the manuscripts.

All manuscripts (except poetry) must be presented double spaced

and already formatted and where necessary with a Table of Contents.

For page editing send manuscript to the following address

For critiques send manuscript to

ChickenBones: A Journal / 2005 Arabian Drive / Finksburg, MD 21048

Fees: Fees begin at $500  for manuscripts with 250 double-spaced pages. But may be more depending on the length of the manuscript and its requirements. For poetry manuscripts of less than 100 pages the fee is $150. Once the fee is settled on, payment must occur before the beginning of the edit or the critique, at least, half of the fee, and the rest before the delivery or return of the manuscript.

Payment of Fees can be performed online on opening page through PayPal at “Make a Donation.” Or cashier’s check or money order can be sent to:

ChickenBones: A Journal / 2005 Arabian Drive / Finksburg, MD 21048

Rudolph Lewis, Editor

ChickenBones: A Journal


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Thank you for the wonderful work you did page-editing my manuscript. I have finished making your suggested corrections and have sent it out for critique, as you suggested. I will continue to keep you informed.

Meanwhile, please help me read through the attached sketch for the backcover. Comments and suggestions will be appreciated. Remain Blessed!  Victor.

Victor E. Dike, Adjunct Professor, School Of Engineering & Technology, National University (Sacramento Center). CEO & Founder, Center for Social Justice & Human Development (CSJHD) P.O. Box 232207 Sacramento, CA 95823 Cellphone: (916) 267-5868


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Thank you for your insights. . . . for your continued wisdom.  I’m already getting info that will clarify the issues you raised.  I’m glad you are providing me with such a high quality critique.  I think I will go into seclusion for at least a couple of weeks after talking to you.  My world will be me, the characters and the computer.  I’ll be focused like a laser. That’s how I wrote my dissertation. Pat, Writer/Lifecoach/Motivational Speaker

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Bro. Rudolph, as usual you did an excellent job. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be seen a heard through your medium. Hotep, Craig A. Garner13 July 2011

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