Bite-size ways to make progress on your novel in a time of uncertainty

Bite-Size Editing Services

Whether the coronavirus pandemic has brought you more free time or less, continued stability or broadening uncertainty, continuing to work on your novel can buoy your spirit. Even so, it’s hard to prepare for a big edit when you’re not sure what’s next for your work, your family, your community.

That’s why I’m making available a host of bite-size ways to make progress on your novel. Consider these catalysts for your creative process. With the right amount of help at the right time, you’ll be able to keep your novel on course even if traditional editing or book coaching isn’t in the cards.

I’m opening as many slots as I can for these affordable editing services immediately, continuing at least through midsummer. My goal is to help you keep your novel afloat during these turbulent times.

The Plot Accelerator

When you’re writing a novel, begin with a Plot Accelerator. The Plot Accelerator is a short-term, one-on-one coaching plan that translates your creative ideas into story. Turbocharge your plot by tuning your story conflict, plot, character arcs, stakes, and more. Get up to speed with compact tutorials, then put the techniques to work analyzing your novel.

You’ll get multiple rounds of feedback on each element over about six weeks, helping you build a strong plot from the ground up. It’s book doctoring in a bottle—the most affordable developmental edit and one-on-one coaching you’ll ever get. Plot Accelerator: $499

The Writing Accelerator

The Writing Accelerator is an edit of about twenty pages of your novel. This is a scaled-down substantive edit, including on-manuscript edits and comments covering concept and genre, storytelling, narrative technique, and writing. You’ll get direct feedback on how you’re using point of view, narrative tense, dialogue content and mechanics, character arcs, character motivation and conflict, characterization, dramatic tension, pacing, and writing style. Use the Writing Accelerator as a springboard to DIY revision by applying the feedback to the rest of your manuscript. You’ll also receive a full-scale, coaching-style editorial report packed with examples, explanations, and links to additional resources, plus a one-hour follow-up consultation. Writing Accelerator: $449

Developmental Report – NEW!

A developmental report is the developmental (story-level) version of a Writing Accelerator; think of it as a miniature manuscript critique. You’ll get a close reading of your twenty-page excerpt plus comprehensive feedback covering concept and genre, storytelling and narrative techniques, and your writing.

The report offers limited insight on plot issues, given the scope of the excerpt, while homing in on storytelling and narrative techniques such as point of view, narrative tense, dialogue content and mechanics, character arcs, character motivation and conflict, characterization, dramatic tension, pacing, and writing style. The centerpiece of a developmental report is the comprehensive coaching report, packed with examples, explanations, and links to additional resources, plus a one-hour follow-up consultation. Developmental Report: $299

Triage Audit – NEW!

Do you like to take writing one thing at a time? How about three? In a Triage Audit, I’ll look through your manuscript to identify the top three ways to strengthen your book. You’ll get a report explaining each issue, plus recommendations for strengthening your manuscript, suggestions for alternative approaches, and resources galore for more reading. Triage Audit: $99

True North Check – NEW!

Is your book on track? A True North Check is a 30-minute video/phone consultation covering your premise statement and one-page synopsis. It’s a high-level checkup of your story’s premise, story conflict, and stakes. This service is not designed to polish the synopsis of a completed manuscript for queries and submissions. True North Check: $99

Consultation – NEW!

You have my attention! Let’s talk by phone or Skype to address your most pressing concerns about your manuscript. Consultation: $99 for 60 minutes, $49 for 30 minutes

 

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Free Resources for Affordable Editing and Writing

When paying for professional editing or coaching isn’t in the cards, you can keep moving forward on your own. These ideas will keep you learning, revising, and creating.


Lisa Poisso, Book CoachLooking for help accelerating your journey from new writer to emerging author? That help could be me.

When you need a leg up, I offer short-term coaching on story development and writing technique and long-term coaching from concept through editing. For manuscripts that are ready for editing, I specialize in developmental analyses (a coaching-size version of a manuscript critique) and substantive and line editing.

Sound like the kind of help you’ve been looking for? Let’s talk!