Craft a Novel You’re Proud Of
Ready to see your novel with new eyes? Now it’s time to make your book as rewarding to read as it was to write.
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. Editing is something I do with you and for you, not to you.
My editing and coaching are designed for authors seeking to nurture their skills, to hone their technique and create a truly well-crafted novel. You’ll finish not only with a better book but a bigger toolbox of authorial skills.
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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 manuscript critique answers these questions and more.
A manuscript critique gives you a deep read of your full manuscript and an editorial report that covers your novel’s concept and genre, storytelling, narrative technique, and writing. Expect to receive an average of twenty to thirty pages of feedback and recommendations; this is not a summary-style report. You’ll also get a one-hour phone or video call to discuss the critique and your next steps. A manuscript critique does not include editing and comments on the manuscript itself.
Looking for something even shorter? Partial manuscript critiques are also available for excerpts of about twenty consecutive manuscript pages.
Developmental and Substantive 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
This is a big-picture story edit focused on developing your story and storytelling technique to their full potential. You get a manuscript edit using tracked changes and comments in Microsoft Word, supported by feedback and recommendations in a comprehensive editorial report (generally 15 pages or more).
The edit begins with a look at your story itself, reviewing your story’s concept and genre, conflict and character motivation, plot, pacing, character arc, themes, and so on. This type of editing also helps you expand and strengthen your narrative technique, examining your 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.
Substantive editing reaches deeper into the narrative level and then into your writing to address authorial voice, style, and flow.
You’ll receive before-and-after support bundles packed with how-to tools and resources as well as a follow-up consultation via email, phone, or Skype.
Line Editing and 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
These types of editing provide paragraph- and sentence-level editing for your writing via manuscript editing using tracked changes and comments in Microsoft Word. Line editing and copyediting are designed to polish your writing, strengthening your individual voice and style and clarifying grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Your edit is supported by a comprehensive editorial report that shows you how to apply these techniques to your writing. You’ll receive before-and-after support bundles packed with how-to tools and resources as well as a follow-up consultation via email, phone, or Skype.
Accelerator coaching is short-term story development coaching designed to accelerate your ideas onto the page. Choose from the Story Accelerator for concept and story development, the Plot Accelerator for translating your creative impulse into story, the Draft Accelerator for getting your story onto the page—or all three for full developmental support.
For long-term coaching and support, choose the Story Incubator, a comprehensive plan of coaching and editing. Begin with accelerators designed to help identify your story and publishing goals and get your concept and story off the ground. Delve into the narrative techniques that help bring the story to life. Learn how to cradle your story in confident, polished writing that reflects your unique authorial voice.
Never again will you feel dropped neck-deep into an expensive edit or level of revision your book isn’t ready for. The Story Incubator helps you organically develop your manuscript in stages. You’ll understand where you need to focus and learn the techniques you need to master at every point.
Learn more about Story Incubator and Accelerator coaching and editing.
LET’S WORK TOGETHER
Rates start at $0.015/word for critiques and $0.025/word for manuscript edits.
Coaching accelerators begin at $399.
If you’re looking for a collaborative writing and editing experience that stretches your skill set and pushes your book to its full potential, let’s talk.
Contact me for a consultation and personalized quote for your project. We’ll go into more detail about your book, including the development you’ve put into your manuscript so far and your goals for the book.
Please get in touch early. My calendar typically fills four to six months in advance.
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