September 28, 2015

Lisa Poisso | Editor & Story Coach

The right support at the right time

It’s not hard to find someone to give you a lot of editorial feedback on your book. Comment after comment, page after page, delivered in massive editorial letters approaching fifty pages. (Gulp.) One of the first things I realized when I began working with fiction writers is that there has to be a better way to nudge stories back on track than microanalyzing a book that quite possibly has fundamental story issues.

That’s when I developed the Plot Accelerator. We start work at your story’s foundation, making sure the conceptual and big-picture elements that drive the plot are sound. Before your manuscript leaves the launchpad, you’ll have a concept and story that will hold up to the entire journey.

From there, the editing paths diverge. Want to go deep? We’ll smooth out any remaining kinks in the story, then turn to the narrative techniques unique to fiction writing. Finally, I’ll help you polish and improve the writing itself. Want to launch fast? We’ll ignite the process with an essential edit, covering the story and writing in a single compact step.

You still get a lot of feedback, without a doubt. But now you get the right support at the right stage. You get the chance to course-correct long before you’re neck-deep in a comprehensive edit. It’s the perfect opportunity to stretch your wings with the support of an editorial safety net.

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Lisa Poisso, editorEDITING BUNDLES


Developmental Editing

“I will always remember, Lisa told me I had a ‘manuscript-length discussion of theme’ . . . all the icing and decoration but no cake! I needed to crack some more eggs. She has a great sense of humour, too!”—J.C. Thomas

What It Is: Story-level editing in a unique incremental approach that gives you more opportunities for development, coaching, and revision

What You Get:

  1. A Plot Accelerator to tell you if your story’s firing on all cylinders (and to give things a kick start if not), followed by development time for author revision
  2. A critique that includes a deep read of your full manuscript plus feedback and recommendations in a comprehensive editorial report covering story and narrative technique; more support and development time for author revision
  3. A manuscript edit designed to help you develop your story and tune your narrative technique (point of view, dialogue tags and beats, balance of scene vs. exposition, transitions and hooks, and so on); limited attention to language-level editing; plus feedback and recommendations in a comprehensive editorial report

Plus: How-to tools and support materials; two hours of follow-up consultation (email, phone, or Skype); deeply discounted rates for follow-up editing (line editing and copyediting)

Who It’s For: Authors seeking an edit that focuses on story and narrative technique; any author who wants to learn more about the craft of storytelling

How Much It Costs: Typical projects about $0.04 (4 cents) per word

 

Substantive Editing

The Essential Edit

What It Is: Story and writing edits in a single, compact package

What You Get: Essential editing covering story and writing in two supercharged steps

  1. A Plot Accelerator to tell you if your story’s firing on all cylinders (and to give things a kick start if not), followed by development time for author revision
  2. The essential manuscript edit: story editing to optimize your story power (issues requiring extensive revision or rewriting may need additional developmental work); substantive editing to tune your narrative technique (point of view, dialogue tags and beats, balance of scene vs. exposition, transitions and hooks, and so on); line editing to smooth and develop your writing; copyediting to address mechanical elements of your writing and style; plus feedback and recommendations in a comprehensive editorial report

Plus: How-to tools and support materials; two hours of follow-up consultation (email, phone, or Skype); deeply discounted rates for final polishing edits (dedicated line editing and copyediting)

Who It’s For: Authors who want a powerful edit covering both story and writing; authors seeking to produce a professional-quality manuscript on a limited production schedule or budget

How Much It Costs: Typical projects around $0.03 (3 cents) per word

“Having worked with other ‘editors,’ I found most to simply want to correct my often poor grammar or incorrect word choice, but Lisa also looks at the whole story, offering suggestions outside of the simple fixes.”—Troy Christensen

 

Line Editing & Copyediting

“I learned so much during the process, and I am certain I’m a much better writer from having worked with her.”—Karen Cimms

What It Is: Paragraph- and sentence-level editing

What You Get: Manuscript editing that combines elements of line editing and copyediting; designed to polish your writing while strengthening your individual voice and style, including issues such as awkward sentence construction, wordiness, overwriting and underwriting, ambiguity, paragraphing, word choice, and language mechanics (grammar, spelling, punctuation); plus feedback and recommendations in a comprehensive editorial report

Plus: One hour of follow-up consultation (email, phone, or Skype)

Who It’s For: Authors seeking to produce a manuscript with professionally polished writing; authors who would like to develop their writing technique; authors seeking a final polishing edit after developmental or substantive editing

How Much It Costs: Rates available by individual quote.

Lisa Poisso, editorAFFORDABLE CRITIQUES


The Plot Accelerator

The First StepDon’t drain your editing budget on a story that’s not ready for prime time. The Plot Accelerator lets you suss out if your story “works” before you commit to an edit—even before you begin writing.

A Plot Accelerator is a one-on-one analysis of your story wrapped around a course in story structure and theory. Concept, genre, character motivation, story conflict … all the elements that drive your plot and make the story work. Think of it as an X-ray of the bones of your story.

Start with supercharged tutorials on classic story structure and the techniques that underlie literature and storytelling. Next comes an in-depth analysis with one-on-one feedback to help you nail down those elements in your own story.

I thought my manuscript only needed a few more tweaks, but after going through Lisa’s Plot Accelerator, I soon discovered the many pitfalls of my premise and character motivation. She worked with me to help rebuild the story from the ground up. In the end, the process helped me better understand what makes a story great.—Matt Folsom

A Plot Accelerator is not an evaluation or edit of your manuscript itself. It’s a challenging process that helps you work out how the elements that drive your story fit together. Analyze your story. Explore new ideas. Ask questions.

Use your Plot Accelerator as a blueprint before you write or a diagnostic tool once you’ve finished. Scheduling is quick and easy; there’s no need to book far in advance.

“I love how you’ve distilled all these approaches … into a practical guide. Your material takes it from theory to practice. Brilliant!”—Scott Jarol

What It Is: An analysis of the bones of your story wrapped around a one-on-one course on story structure—like a mini-developmental edit and storytelling course all in one

What You Get: Tutorials, supported analysis, and one-on-one feedback on the foundations of your story

Who It’s For: Authors seeking a cost-effective way to make sure their stories “work”; authors who want story editing but don’t have the budget or time for a developmental edit; authors who want the faster writing times that come from well-developed story foundations

How Much It Costs: $399

 

Lisa Poisso, Book Editor and Writing Coach

“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

 

The Mini Edit

Focus the power of substantive editing on fifty pages of your writing.

What It Is: A story- and language-level edit of 12,500 words (about 50 pages)

What You Get: Substantive edit of 12,500 words (about 50 pages) of your manuscript, including story editing to optimize your story power; substantive editing to tune your narrative technique (point of view, dialogue tags and beats, balance of scene vs. exposition, transitions and hooks, and so on); line editing to smooth and develop your writing; copyediting to address mechanical elements of your writing and style; plus critical feedback and recommendations in an editorial memo

Who It’s For: Authors seeking to polish their first pages for query and submission; authors who need a clear picture of what’s working and what’s not working in their writing; new-to-fiction writers seeking to solidify their narrative technique

How Much It Costs: $399

 

Manuscript Critique

What It Is: An assessment of your book’s story and writing

What You Get: A unique two-step approach that assesses your story concept and strength, then gives you the opportunity for revision and course correction before digging into the manuscript itself

  1. A Plot Accelerator to tell you if your story’s firing on all cylinders (and to give things a kick start if not), followed by development time for author revision
  2. A critique that includes a deep read of your full manuscript plus feedback and recommendations in a comprehensive editorial report covering story, narrative technique, and writing

Who It’s For: Authors seeking a better sense of what parts of their story need additional revision, what kind of development and editing their books need, and whether their manuscripts are ready to query or self-publish; authors seeking an affordable alternative to developmental editing

How Much It Costs: Thanks for your interest. I’m not currently open for critiques for new clients.

 

Lisa Poisso, editorSTORY INCUBATOR COACHING


Lisa Poisso, Book CoachSometimes you want to touch base with your editor more regularly while you’re still in the thick of the creative process. Creative coaching gives you the accountability and support you need to complete your book on your timetable and to your creative vision. Depending on your specific goals, we’ll consult via email, phone, or Skype to work through your manuscript sample by sample, chapter by chapter, or draft by draft.

What It Is: Regular, long-term creative coaching to help you write your manuscript on time and on target. Story Incubator coaching focuses on writing direction and creative flow for novelists. I don’t provide consulting services to guide authors through the self-publishing process, and my coaching isn’t designed to teach writing basics.

What You Get: An initial orientation to define and personalize a plan to help you reach your writing goals; weekly, twice-monthly, or monthly feedback on your latest pages; regular accountability checks to keep you on track; support materials to ease you past rough spots; a monthly newsletter filled with writing, productivity, and creative lifestyle resources tailored to the current developmental stage of your manuscript; optional telephone or Skype consultations.

Who It’s For: Authors seeking support and direction throughout the novel writing process; authors seeking to develop their narrative and storytelling techniques and create compelling commercial fiction

How Much It Costs: From $99/month; please ask for a personalized quote based on your writing goals

“Now I can’t imagine working with another editor. . . . She provided me all the hours (of) writing coaching I needed in order to finish my book. I really felt I was being pushed in the right direction from start to finish.”—J.C. Thomas

 

Lisa Poisso, editorLET’S WORK TOGETHER


Lisa Poisso, Book Editor and Writing Coach

Before you hire me, we’ll go through an initial email consultation (including a sample edit) at no obligation to you. You’ll receive my recommendations for your book plus a plan of services designed for your needs and budget.

Once we begin working together, much of my focus will be on helping you master your craft. When something in your book isn’t working, I won’t just fix it. Instead, I’ll help you understand how and why to improve it yourself. You’ll finish your edit with a better book and a bigger toolbox of storytelling skills.

The support doesn’t stop once the words are on the page. A Query Bundle shows you how to assemble a query and submission package with the professional polish it needs to woo agents and publishers. If you’re self-publishing, a Blurb Bundle teaches you to write irresistible back cover and retail page copy. These services are available exclusively to established clients.

Still unsure? Read The Author’s Guide to Finding & Hiring an Editor

If you’d like to work together, let’s talk about scheduling as soon as possible. We can begin a Plot Accelerator now to get your project moving forward quickly. Beyond that, it’s best to begin lining up a custom schedule right away, because my calendar usually fills three to six months in advance.

I'm Ready to Get Started


Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom. You rock. How can I help with your book? Here’s what I’d like to know about your manuscript. Email me at lisa@lisapoisso.com and let’s talk.