Short-Term Story Development Coaching:
Get your manuscript off the ground with coaching designed to accelerate your ideas onto the page. Accelerator coaching is a one-on-one analysis of your novel wrapped around workshops in concept and story development, plot development, and writing and revision techniques.
Accelerator coaching is an analysis and tuneup of the creative engine of your book; it’s not an edit or evaluation of your manuscript. It’s about showing you how to take charge of your novel’s development for yourself. You’ll learn the storytelling and writing techniques to fully express your creative intentions.
The Story Accelerator: Concept & Story Development
Fiction writing is a unique form of writing with its own structures and narrative techniques. The Story Accelerator accelerates the process of absorbing and applying the fundamentals of storytelling to your novel. It’s a capsule intensive designed for busy people who don’t have time to pick through a handful of courses and advice books, cross their fingers, and begin a laborious process of trial and error in their own manuscripts.
Begin with supercharged tutorials on the essential qualities of story and the techniques that underlie successful storytelling and literature. Study at your own pace, then move into analyzing your own novel. Story idea and concept, genre, form and structure, point of view, narrative tense—what choices did you make and why? We’ll uncover the answers and tune your strategy with one-on-one coaching. Story Accelerator: Coming Soon
The Plot Accelerator: Translating Your Creative Impulse into Story
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 and plot. Turbocharge your plot by tuning the 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
I love how you’ve distilled all these approaches … into a practical guide. Your material takes it from theory to practice. Brilliant!—Scott Jarol
The Draft Accelerator: Getting Your Story onto the Page
The Draft Accelerator shows you pull together your new insights to write a stronger next draft. You’ll discover the plotting technique that fits you best, how to construct effective scenes, and how to spot material that isn’t deepening or moving the story forward. Arm yourself for your next draft with best practices for professional-strength manuscript wrangling, a personalized checklist of revision priorities for your narrative technique and writing, and resources designed to help you over bumps in the road with characterization, worldbuilding, dialogue, dramatic tension, pacing, and other vital story elements. Draft Accelerator: Coming Soon
The Writing Accelerator: The Writing Supporting Your Story
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. Use the Writing Accelerator as a do-it-yourself springboard for 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
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
Is this thing even on track? A True North Check is a 30-minute video or 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
Lisa is undoubtedly some manner of sorceress when it comes to identifying and fixing the dissonance that can so easily creep between the story you thought you wanted to tell and the one that landed on the page.—Luke R. Mitchell
Mentoring & Monthly Coaching
I recommend writing partners and groups for support and accountability during the writing process, but if you’re looking for one-on-one feedback, ongoing coaching can serve as your safety net. Regular deadlines give you accountability for forward progress, with feedback designed to help you minimize story drift and develop your narrative and writing technique.
- One touchpoint (up to 20 pages) or two touchpoints (up to 30 pages) per month
- Editorial feedback directly on your manuscript
- One round of email feedback per touchpoint
- Weekly check-ins to keep you accountable
- Monthly phone or Skype consultation
- Motivational coaching newsletter with the latest best practices for focus and creativity
Monthly coaching starts at $249 per month.
Long-Term Story Development, Coaching & Editing:
The Story Incubator
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
The Story Incubator is a comprehensive program of development for your novel based on thoughtful, incremental coaching and editing. Whether you’re just beginning to write or you’ve already completed your manuscript, the Story Incubator shows you how to nurture your story from the kernel of a creative concept through story development, plotting, and writing to become a flourishing manuscript.
Some book coaching programs are designed to get you to the finish line with a solid first draft; they’re editing-based personal coaching. The Story Incubator is coaching-based editing. This plan propels your manuscript past the finish line and all the way through revision and editing.
The Story Incubator is about helping you see your story clearly. Never again will you feel dropped neck-deep into a level of editing your book isn’t ready for or pushed into revisions you can’t wrap your head around. Take charge of your story’s creative development using professional-level best practices for writing and revising. You’ll see where you need to focus and learn the techniques you need to master at every point.
The Story Incubator: Full Story Development & Editing
- Three accelerators to propel your manuscript forward:
- The Story Accelerator for concept and story development
- The Plot Accelerator for translating your creative impulse into story
- The Draft Accelerator for getting the story onto the page
- Iterative edits that strengthen your manuscript layer by layer
- Concept and story
- Narrative technique
- Regular one-on-one phone or Skype consultations
- How-to bundles tailored to conquer your personal writing and revision hurdles
- Work flow and process checklists
- Exclusive writing newsletter with fiction writing advice and best practices
- Optional monthly mentoring as you write or revise
Gain clarity into the techniques and creative choices that captivate readers’ imaginations. Start with a compelling concept, then shape it into a page-turning story buoyed by writing that carries the story rushing downstream to an inevitable but surprising conclusion.
Now I can’t imagine working with another editor . . . I really felt I was being pushed in the right direction from start to finish.—J.C. Thomas