What’s going on under the hood of your book?
Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.—Pablo Picasso
You’re a busy person, and you don’t have time for endless webinars and advice books and online courses. Now there’s a way to learn what you’re doing while you’re actually doing it, even if this is your very first novel. You’ll finish with writing techniques and knowledge you’ll use the rest of your writing career.
No more stumbling through rough drafts, then paying an editor to help you find the story inside. You’ll write smarter manuscripts from the start, from concept and story to the words on the page.
This is where theory and practice come together.
If you’re simply looking for someone to help you polish your manuscript for publication, I may not be the right editor for your book. But if you’re ready to master what’s going on under the hood, let’s talk.
Is your manuscript ready to send to agents or self-publish? Does the story hold water? Is the point of view optimal for your genre and audience? Does the story structure support the story? Will readers care about and root for your characters? Does the writing use both showing and telling effectively at the right times? A developmental analysis answers these questions and more.
With each project, she makes me a better writer. So call her Mrs. Miyagi. And, while you’re at it, probably book her to take your manuscript to the next level, too.—Luke R. Mitchell
A developmental analysis gives you a deep read of your full manuscript and an editorial report covering your novel’s concept and genre, plot and storytelling technique, and writing. Expect to receive a minimum of twenty to thirty pages of feedback and recommendations; this is not a summary-style critique. You get comprehensive analysis and feedback on your book at about half the cost of a developmental edit.
The centerpiece of a developmental analysis is the comprehensive coaching-style report packed with examples, explanations, and links to additional resources, plus a one-hour follow-up consultation by email, phone, or Skype to discuss the analysis and plot your next steps.
Who It’s For: A developmental analysis is suitable for fully revised manuscripts that are ready for professional critique.
Developmental Report (20-page excerpt): $299
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
My first level of manuscript editing helps you expand and strengthen your storytelling and narrative technique. Feedback covers the effective use of point of view, dialogue tags and action beats, characterization, dramatic tension, exposition and description, theme, balancing scene vs. exposition vs. dialogue, transitions, hooks, scene structure, and more. This type of editing also begins to address the flow and quality of the writing, helping you hone your writing style and authorial voice.
I learned so much during the process, and I am certain I’m a much better writer from having worked with her.—Karen Cimms
The next level of manuscript editing homes in on the writing using Track Changes and comments in Microsoft Word. This paragraph- and sentence-level editing most closely compares to a combination of line editing and copyediting. It’s designed to polish your writing, strengthening your individual voice and style while clarifying grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage.
All manuscript edits are supported by a comprehensive editorial report that not only recommends ways to strengthen your book but shows you how to do it. You’ll receive support bundles packed with how-to tools and resources as well as a one-hour follow-up consultation via email, phone, or Skype.
Who It’s For: Manuscript editing is suitable for fully revised manuscripts that are ready for professional attention.
Manuscript Editing: Starting at $0.025/word
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 your Writing Accelerator as a springboard to DIY revision on the rest of your manuscript.
You’ll receive a coaching-style editorial report packed with examples, explanations, and links to additional resources, plus a half-hour follow-up consultation by email, phone, or Skype.
Who It’s For: The Writing Accelerator is a smart choice 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; and new-to-fiction writers seeking to solidify their narrative technique.
Writing Accelerator: $449
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-style report, packed with examples, explanations, and links to additional resources, plus a half-hour follow-up consultation by email, phone, or Skype.
Who It’s For: A developmental report is suitable for authors who need help with storytelling (plot, pacing, conflict, dramatic tension, and so on) and narrative technique (point of view, narrative tense, dialogue and mechanics, etc.) and plan to apply that feedback to the rest of their manuscripts.
Developmental Report: $299
Do you take your 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 for more reading.
Who It’s For: A Triage Edit is for authors seeking to target and improve the three largest issues in their storytelling and writing techniques.
Triage Audit: $99
Roll up your sleeves and get into the inner workings of your story. Is your story stuck? Does point of view or narrative tense have you tangled up in knots? Do you wish you had someone to show you exactly what you need to know to ramp up your fiction writing technique?
Book coaching provides one-on-one support from story development through editing—all at your pace. Get your manuscript off the ground with coaching designed to accelerate your ideas onto the page. You’ll learn the storytelling and writing techniques to fully express your creative intentions while completing your novel in the process.
Find out if book coaching is right for you.
Looking for an editor to accelerate your journey from new writer to emerging author? That editor could be me. Or maybe you want a book coach to steer you through story development and writing; I can help you with that, too.
If you’re ready to accelerate your novel, let’s work together.