General Consultation: $35

 

If you are an author with questions about editing or writing, or even if you just want to talk through some ideas, a general consultation is an opportunity to discuss whatever is on your mind with an editor and fellow writer via a one-hour phone or video call. 

 

Elements of World-Building Consultation: $300

 

Your fictional world is the foundation for your story, the environment into which your characters are born, and the backdrop against which the action plays out. Learn how to build a world from the ground up—a world that not only supports your story, your characters, and your vision, but adds crucial details that deepen the plot, clarify character motivations and interactions, and enrich the reading experience. 

 

In the course of an Elements of World-Building Consultation, I will get to know you and your project; we will establish what kind of story you want to tell, and what kind of world you want to build. This consultation consists of 6 hours of one-on-one discussion, via phone or video call, conducted in one hour sessions and distributed in whatever way you feel will be most beneficial to you and your project.   

 

Elements of Character Consultation: $300

 

Just as your story requires a suitable and well-rounded fictional world, it requires characters to inhabit it—characters with potent fears and desires, whose histories and motivations drive the story, and who feel real enough for readers to connect with. Learn how to write characters who are truly unique to their world and their circumstances. Characters can make or break a story. They can give it heart, and make it resonate. 

 

In the course of an Elements of Character Consultation, I will get to know you and your project; we will establish what kind of story you want to tell, and work to fill that story with striking, realistic characters. This consultation consists of 6 hours of one-on-one discussion, via phone or video call, conducted in one hour sessions and distributed in whatever way you feel will be most beneficial to you and your project.

 

Sensitivity Reading: $300

 

For any manuscript of 150,000 words or less, I offer sensitivity reading for the following topics: 

 

Mental Illness/Disability: Anxiety disorders, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Suicidal Ideation, Self-Harm, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

Physical Illness/Disability: Chronic Illness, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune Disorders

 

LGBTQA+ Issues: Bisexuality, Asexuality

 

Women’s Issues: Sexual harassment, Sexual Assault (non-graphic only)

 

After reading your manuscript, I will write a detailed letter discussing the representation of the topic I have been hired to read for, regarding its general accuracy, whether I feel it is a fair and informed representation (free of stereotypes and biases, etc.). I will discuss how it compares with my personal experience, as well as ways it might necessarily differ from my experience. Lastly, I will offer suggestions for improvement, if needed, along with any other thoughts, considerations, or resources I feel may be helpful to you. If you have further questions, I will be happy to answer them via a follow-up phone or video call at no additional cost.

 

 

Novel Outline Revision: $500

 

Whether you are in the early stages of planning your novel and just beginning your outline, or you have already completed a draft and realized that there are issues—maybe it gets off to a slow start, the middle of the story seems to lag, or the climax is anticlimactic—a Novel Outline Revision can help identify what elements are out of place. By applying the tried-and-true principles of story structure, I can work with you to make adjustments that drive your narrative arc forward at just the right pace, while maintaining focus on pivotal moments of character growth and pinpointing any areas that may be weighing the story down. 

 

After an initial consultation to discuss where you are in your project, we can either begin the process of creating an outline or work with your existing outline. Following the initial consultation, I suggest checking in midway through the revision via phone or video call to explore any ideas and share our thoughts, and once more at the conclusion of the revision to wrap up any lose ends and make sure you have a solid plan for moving forward.

 

Manuscript Evaluation:

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If you have written a manuscript, but are unsure what to do next, a Manuscript Evaluation might be right for you. It is less comprehensive, and thus less expensive, than a Developmental Edit, and—as its name suggests—involves an evaluation of various aspects of the manuscript. After reading the manuscript, I will provide general feedback in the form of an editorial letter, regarding the soundness of its plot structure, the development of its characters and settings, and whether it could benefit from developmental editing or line editing. After receiving this feedback, if you have additional questions, I will be happy to answer them via a one hour phone or video call at no additional cost. If you have particular concerns regarding the manuscript and would prefer that I focus on those in my reading, I can do that as well. 

 

Developmental Edit, 20,000 words or more: $0.025/word, with other considerations

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If you have written the first (or second) draft of a manuscript and are willing to continue your work with the help of an editor, you might be ready for a Developmental Edit.

 

This is a unique and comprehensive service. Therefore, before embarking on a developmental edit, it is essential for me to get to know you and your project, and to learn from you what you hope to obtain from the process. This will allow me to focus on areas of particular concern as I perform the edit, so that you can be assured of having your questions and concerns addressed.

I will ask you to answer some questions regarding your writing background and whether you have an audience in mind for your writing project. This information will help me further understand your individual needs and tailor my approach accordingly. 

While our means of communication is entirely up to you, the client, I often find that phone and video calls allow for a more open dialogue and a more collaborative approach.

When performing a developmental edit, I will read the manuscript through one time in hard copy, purely as a reader—this allows me to experience the story, to get the know the characters, to connect with your project before I even begin to evaluate it. I will begin making the notes that you will receive at the end of the process during my second read-through.

After we have discussed your creative vision and your goals regarding publishing, and I have evaluated your manuscript, I will summarize my assessment in a wide-ranging editorial letter. This letter will cover such topics as theme, plot structure, narrative pacing, point of view, character, setting, use of dialogue, syntax, clarity and consistency (to name a few)—in addition to any specific issues to which you have asked me to pay special attention. 

 

Along with this letter, which you will be able to use as a go-to reference guide, I will also make notes within the text of your manuscript, marking specific areas for your attention. Once you have received the letter and marked manuscript, I will encourage you to take some time to absorb the feedback before posing any additional questions you might have for me. Finally, at the end of the developmental editing process, in order to make sure that you have received its full benefit, we will conclude with a discussion of ways in which to apply the feedback as you begin revising. 

If desired, I will be happy to perform more than one round of developmental edits as your manuscript progresses.