I work with first time writers, others with a complete manuscript who are ready to start their search for agents or editors, and already published authors who need an objective, critical eye on their work. I have mentored both writers of literature for children as well as those writing for the adult market. I am not the best person to help you with a picture book manuscript, but I can point you in the direction to others who are far more expert at that than I am.
My goal is to provide clarity, an unbiased, professional view of your work, and an understanding how changes to your manuscript will impact the story and marketability of your work. I am a support system during the often arduous process of writing a novel, and to cheer you on and help you focus on what needs to happen to make every single word count. I am a passionate wordsmith and will help you work through the kinks to get your story spit-polished and irresistible.
One to two readings of the critical first 20 pages of your manuscript (double spaced, one-inch margins, properly formatted). These pages set the groundwork for everything else that is to come, and this is where you risk losing a reader. You will receive a two page evaluation of your opening image focusing on grounding, voice, character connection, pacing, scene structure, passive writing, showing and info-dumps. Additionally, I will write comments on your manuscript to show the weak spots and give examples of how to fix them and then recommend next steps. This can generally be completed within a week of submission and payment and is followed by a 30 minute phone or zoom consult with suggested reading materials. $195.00
One to two readings of up to 68,000 words followed by a three to five page editorial letter focusing on big picture issues including plot, character development, pacing, and some notations on language. Includes some comments within the manuscript itself to be sure the author is clear on what my written notes mean and to show examples of how to fix weak areas. We will schedule a 30 – 40 minute follow-up phone call or Zoom to discuss, answer questions, clarify, and talk about next steps. Additional pages $5/page. Depending on my schedule and how full I am, this can typically be done within ten days of receiving manuscript and payment. $595.00
One to two readings of your manuscript up to 68,000 words with a closer, more critical look at sentence structure, passive writing, plot devices, chapter length, word count, and dialogue fixes in addition to the big picture view of plot, character development, pacing, and voice. You will receive a five to ten page editorial letter and up to fifty pages of your manuscript with detailed line edit/suggestions to point out repeat problem areas in grammar, punctuation, info-dumping, overuse of words/phrases, places where the voice drops, inconsistencies, and timeline flaws. We will schedule a 60- 75 minute follow-up phone call or Zoom to discuss the notes, answer questions, clarify, and talk about next steps. Additional pages $5/page. Depending on my schedule this can typically be completed within two to three weeks of receiving your manuscript and payment. $895.00