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Services & Fees

SUBSTANTIVE / DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING & COACHING FOR AUTHORS OF FICTION & NONFICTION

Whether you are a seasoned author or in the first stages of your first book, I provide: 

  • Guidance, encouragement, and support every step of the way.
  • Honest, respectful, and constructive feedback.
  • Practical suggestions that serve as blueprint for your next draft.
  • In-depth manuscript analysis.
  • Developmental editing.
  • Line-editing for content, structure, and style.
  • Coaching that helps you go beyond what you thought was possible.
  • One-stop-shopping for whatever you need, be it editing and critiquing, researching and strategizing, copywriting and conceptualizing, or project management from concept to publication.
  • Expertise to help you develop and perfect the concept, structure, content, and style of your book.
  • One-on-one, customized guidance and coaching in storytelling techniques, designed for your work in progress.
  • Writing and editing book proposals, query letters, synopses, author bios, and jacket copy.
  • Writing and editing web copy, blog posts, social media posts, and newsletters.

 

FOR AUTHORS OF FICTION OR MEMOIR: THE COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS

THE COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OFFERS YOU:

 

An in-depth, detailed analysis of the strengths and challenges of your book from a number of different angles.

  • The comprehensive analysis will take you from a bird's-eye-view of your book to the finest details on the page. You'll receive overall notes, chapter-specific notes, page-specific notes, and line-specific notes.

A rare glimpse into the mind of your reader.

  • You'll receive a running commentary of my reactions to your book in the margins of your manuscript, in real time, as I am reading.
  • I'll tell you what makes me laugh, moves me to tears, puts me on the edge of my seat, makes me want to punch the villain, dance for joy, or kiss the hero.
  • I'll tell you what's confusing me, or taking me out of the story, or making me impatient for the story to move forward.

A blueprint for improving your work.

  • I'll do a breakdown of what works well in your book and show you the mechanics of it so that you can apply those skills and talents to other areas that need it.

  • I'll provide specific, detailed suggestions on how to fix what isn't working well and improve what could work better.

  • Detailed notes on how your book works as a whole, broken down by applicable storytelling elements, along with chapter-by-chapter, page-by-page, and line-by-line comments.

A real sense of what you are capable of doing.

  • I'll show you where your talents shine in your book, how to build upon those talents, and where else in your book you can apply them. This is the secret ingredient in my analysis: 
  • I point out the best lines and passages in your writing, explain why they are effective, and, if applicable, do an in-depth analysis of them so that you can fully understand what you have done and thus replicate this technique elsewhere.

THE COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS WILL ADDRESS SUCH ELEMENTS AS:

  • Story arc.
  • Character arc.
  • The hero's journey, including their goal and the obstacles they face/overcome in order to achieve that goal.
  • Portrayal of characters, their motivations, appeal, and authenticity.
  • Point of view (POV).
  • Story structure/architecture.
  • Clarity, continuity, readability.
  • Ideas about how to show the action rather than tell it.
  • Dialogue.
  • Theme.
  • Tone.
  • Pacing
  • Sensory description
  • Particularity ("the detail that individualizes," according to Sol Stein)
  • Suspense and tension
  • Conflict
  • Word choice
  • Use of adjectives and adverbs
  • Use of simile and metaphor
  • and many other substantive and stylistic possibilities.

THE COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS IS EVERY BIT AS VALUABLE FOR AN EARLY DRAFT OF YOUR BOOK, PARTIAL OR FULL, AS IT IS FOR AN ADVANCED DRAFT, PARTIAL OR FULL.  

 

You will receive the above Comprehensive Analysis in the following form:

  • Your manuscript, heavily annotated with margin comments (can be as many as 400 to 700 comments for a book-length work).
  • A separate editorial analysis document (typically around 20 to 35 single-spaced pages for a book-length work).
  • A sample edit of one or more passages in your book (if appropriate for your project),  in order to demonstrate certain editorial suggestions.

 

FEE FOR COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS:

  • For a book-length work or long partial, I charge a flat rate based on the number of words in your manuscript.
  • For shorter partials, I charge either a flat fee or an hourly rate, based on the length and complexity of your work.

Please contact me for a free initial consultation, including my thoughts on the first ten double-spaced pages of your book, which you can send me in advance of our call. If we think we might be a match, I'll prepare a proposed scope of work and fee quote for you.

 

LINE-EDITING SERVICES FOR AUTHORS OF NOVELS, MEMOIR, OR OTHER NONFICTION:

 

On-the-page editing designed to be of the greatest service to your book, and at whatever level you desire. Authors often request my line-editing services after having engaged me to do an analysis of one or more drafts.

 

In a line-edit of your work, I can:

  • Edit for consistency, flow, clarity, and style, while always staying respectful of and true to your voice.
  • Reword, reorganize, and or move text around for clarity, readability, and style.
  • Add transitional, introductory, connective, or clarifying words, phrases, or segues.
  • Edit, streamline, tighten reorganize, or otherwise revise individual sentences or passages for clarity, readability, pacing, tone, and narrative progression.
  • Support readability and flow by breaking long sentences/paragraphs into shorter units where appropriate.
  • Vary the beginning of sentences.
  • Support the forward movement of the story by editing out material that stops or slows down the story, if appropriate; or suggest cuts rather than making cuts.
  • Edit out extraneous or repetitive phrases or sentences.
  • Edit for effective similes and metaphors.
  • Break long sentences, passages, paragraphs into smaller units if/where appropriate.
  • Basic copyediting for grammar, punctuation, spelling, to get your work submission-ready.
  • Address any other relevant elements of content, storytelling, and style, via on-the-page edits and/or in separate comments, as needed.
  • Support pacing and suspense by pointing out opportunities to create suspense and tension, wherever possible; and/or by executing those opportunities on the page.
  • Sharpen dialogue and/or point out where dialogue needs to be sharpened.
  • Include critique notes: If there are any other issues that come up during the course of the edit that would need to be addressed by you, such as outstanding story, character, structural, coherence, POV issues, or other issues of content or style, I would discuss these in margin notes and/or in a separate document rather than polish these passages on the page. 

—A la carte services upon request, such as:

  • Writing additional material such as sentences, paragraphs, and/or passages. In one case I wrote an entire chapter of a memoir upon the author's request by interviewing the author and shaping the raw material into prose that fit seamlessly into the book.
  • Researching additional material.
  • Choosing quotes for nonfiction books.
  • Editing or writing photo captions.
  • For authors who are indie-publishing, I can also provide or supervise final copyediting services to get your book print-ready. 

FEES FOR LINE-EDITING SERVICES: 

  • For book-length manuscripts or long partials, I charge a per-word rate, which is based on the length and complexity of the project.
  • For shorter partials, other short works, or a la carte services listed above, I charge an hourly rate, which is based on the length and complexity of the assignment.
  • Please contact me for a free initial consultation, including my thoughts on the first ten pages of your book, which you can send me in advance of our call. If we think we might be a match, I'll prepare a proposed scope of work and fee quote for you.

 

CUSTOMIZED, ONE-ON-ONE COACHING IN STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES.

If you'd like to learn or further develop the fundamentals of creating a compelling story, I offer customized coaching and tutorials in the art of "show, don't tell," built around your work in progress and designed especially for you.

 

FEES FOR CUSTOMIZED COACHING: Please contact me for a free initial consultation, including my thoughts on the first ten pages of your book, which you can send me in advance of our call. If we think we might be a match, I'll prepare a proposed scope of work and fee quote.

FOR AUTHORS OF MEMOIR AND OTHER NONFICTION: BOOK PROPOSALS

 

BOOK PROPOSAL ANALYSIS.

 

The comprehensive analysis of your book proposal will be delivered to you in the following form:

  • A copy of your manuscript, annotated with margin comments, including a running commentary on my reactions to the material and the style, in which I tell you what does work and what doesn't work and why, along with suggestions for improvement
  • A separate analysis document, typically around 10 to 30 single-spaced pages in length for a full book proposal.
  • An optional post-critique phone consultation at no additional charge.

 

Here's what my comprehensive analysis of your proposal will provide:

 

  • Notes on sample chapters and chapter summaries that address a variety of elements, such as story and character arc, characters and character motivations, dialogue, organization and delivery of information, structure, clarity, readability, reader engagement, storytelling techniques for delivery of information and illustrating concepts, ideas about how to show the action rather than tell it, theme, tone, pacing, particularity, point of view, maintaining suspense, word choice, use of adjectives and adverbs, metaphors and similes, and many other substantive and stylistic possibilities.
  • Notes on the body of your proposal that address a variety of elements, such as organization and delivery of information, persuasiveness, clarity, tone, unique position in the marketplace, ability to reach target readers, biographical information about the author, and many other substantive, strategic, and stylistic possibilities, including storytelling techniques for delivery of information and illustrating concepts.
  • I will point out strengths as well as challenges in the work, show you what works and what doesn't and why, thus guiding you to replicate your strengths in one area of the proposal to other areas of the proposal that need help.

 

BOOK PROPOSAL EDITING, DEVELOPMENT, RESEARCH, AND/OR WRITING.

 

Depending on your wishes and the needs of your project, I can do whatever is needed. I have worked on book proposals in a number of ways, such as researching and/or writing the competitive analysis, researching and /or writing the market section, writing the promotion section from raw material provided to me by the author and adding additional ideas to it, analyzing and line-editing chapter summaries and sample chapters, helping to develop and hone the direction, focus, and mission of the book, polishing the overview, writing the overview, doing additional research for the author, writing and/or revising the author bio, and more. 

 

FEES FOR BOOK PROPOSAL WORK: 

For full or partial proposals, including sample chapters, I charge an hourly rate that is based on the length and complexity of the assignment. I will look at the work to be done and provide an estimate of a range of hours to complete each assignment or part thereof. 

 

FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION:
Please contact me for a free initial consultation, including my thoughts on the first ten double-spaced pages of one sample chapter* from your book, which you can send me in advance of our consultation call. When we talk, I'll tell you my thoughts on your pages. If we think we might be a match, I'll prepare a proposed scope of work and fee quote for you. 


*If your book is a memoir, please send me the first ten double-spaced pages of the first chapter of your book. If your book is general nonfiction, please send me the first ten double-spaced pages of any sample chapter you wish.

 

MORE SERVICES FOR AUTHORS OF FICTION AND ALL TYPES OF NONFICTION:

  • Writing and editing query letters, synopses, author bios, and jacket copy.
  • Writing and editing book proposals.
  • Writing and editing web copy, blog posts, social media posts, and newsletters.
  • Consulting on all aspects of publishing.
  • Consulting on page-to-screen adaptation.
  • Research.
  • Ghostwriting.

FEES FOR MORE SERVICES:

  • I typically charge by the hour for consultations and for works that are shorter than book length or shorter than substantial partial manuscripts. My hourly rate is based on the length and complexity of the assignment.
  • Please contact me for a free initial consultation, including my thoughts on the first ten pages of your work, and if we think we might be a good match, I'll prepare a scope of work proposal and fee quote for you.