I provide new insight for your book.
After working closely on a novel and re-reading the manuscript several times during the developmental stages of the creative process, writers often struggle when it comes time for the editing process. As they start revisions, the story may no longer surprise them, the characters feel too familiar, the pacing too slow. They may even let doubt set in and question the quality of the entire work, believing no one will ever want to read their book. For even the most experienced writers, it becomes a challenge to see the most obvious problems in the plot, pinpoint contradictions to previous statements, or even notice where a paragraph has continued too long.
I offer content editing for writers who seek professional aid as they rethink and refine their novels. I provide constructive criticism to help writers recognize the strengths and weaknesses in their manuscripts. By offering new insight into how to improve the manuscript, I enable writers to focus their attention on necessary revisions and continue forward with preparing novels for submission or self-publication.
Partial Novel Consults
Receive advice on your early chapters to set up your novel for success.
Many writers reveal most of their weaknesses within the first few chapters of their manuscript and then continue to repeat them for the rest of the book. This pared-down budget option provides writers with an amended novel consult in which I review the first 25-100 pages. After you’ve revised the manuscript, you may resubmit those pages or send the next set of chapters for more editing and feedback. Every partial novel consult comes with detailed, typed endnotes providing suggestions for revision and further development.
This is a great option for writers who are in the beginning stages of a novel and want some immediate feedback, or for writers with a complete manuscript who only have the resources for a shorter, more economical review of their work.
Editorial feedback for Partial Novel Consults will be given using the Track Changes and Comments feature in Microsoft Word and emailed.
Investment: $1.30 per page + $30.00 (industry standard: Word, double spaced, size 12 font, Times New Roman — around 250 words a page).
Full Novel Consults
Get a thorough critique on your completed manuscript. I’ll help your novel shine.
For the writer who is ready for comprehensive feedback about a completed manuscript, I offer the full novel consult in which I read and offer a thorough critique on everything from character development and narrative arc to pacing, scene, description, dialogue, and word choice. I also focus on making sure that the first fifty pages work to draw a reader into the story, a key component of any book. Finally, I evaluate what genre you’re working in and ensure you have the right audience in mind. Every full novel consult comes with detailed, typed endnotes providing suggestions for revision and further development.
Editorial feedback for Full Novel Consults will be handwritten on the manuscript and mailed. Electronic option available for international clients only. Of course, exceptions can be made upon special request.
Investment: $1.30 per page (industry standard: Word, double spaced, size 12 font, Times New Roman —around 250 words a page).
Query Letter Consults
Learn to dazzle, seduce, and enchant your literary agent with an amazing query letter.
So you're ready to send your manuscript out. Congrats! This stage of the game presents you with a new challenge: the query letter. This letter is meant to dazzle, seduce, enchant, excite, and ultimately snag you the literary agent of your dreams...and a subsequent book contract—so it's a big deal! In order to help you avoid common pitfalls and blunders, I will read your pitch letter and provide invaluable feedback on your synopsis, credentials, approach, and overall style in order to help you create the most successful letter possible.
Editorial feedback for Query Letter Consults will be given using the Track Changes and Comments feature in Microsoft Word and emailed.
Investment: $50.00 (up to 4 pages).
Adult & Youth Coaching
I’ll help you lead your story out of the darkness into the light.
Creatively blocked? Don’t know the next steps after you’ve completed your first draft? Looking for one-on-one creative writing instruction?
Coaching is included in all my Partial and Full Novel Consults, but sometimes a writer isn’t ready to share their work or needs assistance pulling their first draft together. Other times they need help navigating the literary world. I am here to help. Let’s create a package that’s right for you.
**I offer a 50% off military discount (for veterans & spouses) and sliding scale rates for youth writers.