A FULL MANUSCRIPT READ & AN EDITORIAL LETTER ADDRESSING PLOT, CHARACTER, & STORY
Overview: A full manuscript consultation includes line annotations and a lengthy editorial letter. It is a comprehensive read and evaluation of your novel. Please note: due to the intensity and commitment it takes to do a full read, I only book one manuscript consultation per month, and I only agree to work on a manuscript that has been through at least one round of revision based on notes from beta readers. Click Here for More.
COST:$2000 for up to 50,000 words. For more than 50,000 words, $.04 (four cents) per word.
The one-on-one sessions are intended for :
- Writers who have completed at least one round of revision based on notes from beta readers.
- Writers who have shelved a draft that wasn’t quite working and want a pair of fresh eyes on it.
- Writers who have received “almost” rejections and need to fix a few elements to improve the novel.
What to Expect:
A full manuscript consultation includes line annotations and a lengthy editorial letter of at least ten pages. In the letter, I address plot elements, character arcs, stakes, goals, desire lines and scene structure. I also give pointers on how to approach the next revision. It is typically the same kind of reading that I do for the student packets in an MFA program, except that I read your entire novel. So, the editorial letter is a mix of information about story elements which are then applied to your specific work of your specific story. A manuscript consult is to focus on story elements that may be missing, to develop characters so that they are three dimension on rounded to work on scene structure and other elements of fiction such as setting, dialogue, and visual techniques. Please note: This not a copyedit or an edit for style. My goal is not to turn you into a literary writer or to help you write lyrical prose but to help you tell a story that the reader can’t wait to finish.
Sorry to hear about the rejection–but it sounded like one of the “good” kind. It is great to get some feedback. Nice analogy about the house selling. : )
The last time we sold a house, I kept thinking, this is just like submitting a manuscript.
It’s good to get feedback from a pro editor. The danger comes when I try to project what those brief comments mean in detail and make changes based on my projection. It never ends well when I do that.