Sometimes the world aligns to bring you wonderful things… and sometimes three of your kids outgrow (or tear up) their shoes in the same week. I don’t know if you’ve been shoe shopping recently, but it’s not the cheapest piece of gear to replace. With that in mind, I’m opening five new editing slots between now and March 15th that have a 5% Buy-More-Shoes! discount.
The $50 emergency fee will be waived for all manuscripts turned in and paid for by Friday, February 9th, and the four week turn around for full manuscripts is guaranteed.
Submission Packet Critique (synopsis, query, and first 5 pages) $25
Indie Author Special (blurb, 5 twitter pitches, and first 5 pages) $25
First Chapter (up to 20 pages) $50.00 and a 1 work-week turn around time
Contest Critique (first 50 pages + blurb) $100
Full Manuscript Critique minimum fee of $100 (20,000 words and under pay a flat $100 fee) – $1/page
Prewrite Consult (one-on-one time to help you develop the story before you write) starting at $20
A La Carte (add-ons and package deals) starting at $5
Emergency Fee to Jump the Queue $50
* all page counts are double-spaced, Times New Roman, size 12 font, formatted for Microsoft Word *
To reserve a space please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
$25 – A full critique of your query, synopsis, and first five pages including help reworking your query if needed.
This is the best option for authors pursuing traditional publication with minimal help. Most agents (and editors from small presses) will ask to see the query, synopsis, and first few pages of your manuscript. From this they’ll determine several things: 1- if your story is one they’ll love, 2- if your story makes sense, and 3- if you can write well.
Agents and editors are looking for authors who have developed their voice and skills to the point where they will need very little help to be shelf-ready.
It seems hard to believe that a query and 5 pages will tell an agent whether or not you have the chops to write, but – trust me – it is more than enough. From years of experience editing both fiction and non-fiction I can tell you the same thing the agents will: if an author makes mistakes, you will see it in the query and first few pages.
Overwriting. Repetition. Poor grammar. Inconsistent voice. They’re all on display in your query.
$25 – Polish and perfect your blurb, your first five pages, and I help you write up to 5 elevator pitches/twitter pitches.
You spent time making sure the cover was perfect. You’ve edited this manuscript to death. You’ve been dreaming of the day this book goes live and now you’re staring at that upload page and Amazon is asking you to describe your book…
The back-of-book blurb can make or break a book. You need to tease your readers, get them to open their wallets, and get them invested in the story without giving away too much. The back-of-cover-blurb is the burlesque of the literary world. Let’s make yours tantalizing!
For $25 I’ll review your blurb, help you rewrite it if necessary, go over your first five pages with a fine-toothed comb so there are zero mistakes in your sample pages, and help you develop five elevator pitches to use for advertising.
What is an elevator pitch? This is the 1-2 sentence description you use to sell your book fast. You’ll use it on social media and at cons. Librarians will use it to entice readers. Your fans will use it to sell your book to their friends. You can read more about it HERE or check out a cute video about it HERE.
$1/page (TNR size 12 font) – A comprehensive developmental edit with editing letter.
Minimum Fee – $100 (20,000 words)
What is a developmental edit? Think of it as boot camp for your book. Your emotional scenes get stronger, your action scenes get fiercer, your prose loses the flab and comes out fab.
Developmental, or content edits are the second stage of editing. After you’ve gone through and made sure you’ve used the same name for your hero, haven’t left any scenes that way [insert fight here], and have done a basic spellcheck you hand your manuscript to a beta reader or editor to find the plot flaws.
Then you give the manuscript to me. I look at pacing, plot, character development, and context within the genre then tell you where things are working and where you need to do some major work. Content edits keep your book from being flabby, slowly paced, or meandering to the point where you lose your readers.