September 28, 2015

Editing Services

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The Plot Accelerator

Lisa Poisso, Book Editor and Writing CoachIf your story isn’t built on a solid framework or if you don’t understand what sustains and drives it, it will struggle to lift off the launchpad—or it will tumble back to earth without ever reaching orbit. The fix: a Plot Accelerator.

The Plot Accelerator is a one-on-one analysis of your story wrapped around a mini-course in classic story structure and theory. Use your Plot Accelerator as a blueprint before you write, a diagnostic tool to help rescue a stuck story, or the first step in a thorough edit. Same tool, same solution for solving your story problems.

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 Accelerator begins with straightforward, supercharged tutorials on classic story structure and the techniques that underlie literature and storytelling. Study at your own pace, then move into analyzing and understanding your own story. We’ll dig in together with one-on-one feedback and coaching. Explore new ideas. Ask questions. Find out what works and why—so you’ll never find yourself neck-deep in an edit for a manuscript that wasn’t quite ready for lift-off.

What It Is:

A mini-developmental edit and analysis of your story wrapped around a storytelling course and supported by a personal story coach

What You Get:

Tutorials covering story structure and theory and the elements that drive plot; a guided analysis of your story; one-on-one feedback and dialogue about the foundations of your story; craft resources and writing tools; follow-up phone call or Skype

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 (save more when you bundle with a Mini Edit)

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The Mini Edit

Most serious issues with a story show up within a few chapters. Level up your writing technique by focusing the power of substantive editing on forty pages of your writing.

What It Is:

A story- and language-level edit of 10,000 words (about 40 pages)

What You Get:

Substantive edit of 10,000 words (about 40 pages) of your manuscript, including developmental recommendations optimize your story power and 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) and smooth and develop your writing; one-on-one feedback and recommendations in an editorial report and optional telephone/Skype follow-up

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 (save more when you bundle with a Plot Accelerator)

 SCHEDULE A MINI EDIT

 

Manuscript Critique

Is your manuscript ready for sending to agents and publishing houses? Does the story hold water? Is this book ready for self-publishing? A manuscript critique is best for seasoned authors who want an objective view of the strengths and weaknesses of their novels, minus the on-manuscript editing and feedback.

What It Is:

An assessment of your book’s story and writing

What You Get:

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; follow-up phone call or Skype

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:

$0.01 per word

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 EDITING SERVICES 

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

Developmental Editing

What It Is:

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

What You Get

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; feedback and recommendations in a comprehensive editorial report

Plus: How-to tools and support materials; optional initial critique step or additional manuscript editing rounds; two hours of follow-up consultation (email, phone, or Skype)

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:

Typically $0.02-$0.05 (2-5 cents) per word

 GET A QUOTE FOR YOUR DEVELOPMENTAL EDIT

 

Substantive Editing

What It Is:

Story and writing edits in a single, compact package

What You Get:

“Lisa also looks at the whole story, offering suggestions outside of the simple fixes.”—Troy Christensen

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:

Starting at $0.04 (4 cents) per word

 GET A QUOTE FOR YOUR SUBSTANTIVE EDIT

 

Line Editing & Copyediting

What It Is:

Paragraph- and sentence-level editing

What You Get:

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

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:

Starting at $0.018 (1.8 cents) per word

 GET A QUOTE FOR YOUR LINE EDIT

 

 LET’S WORK TOGETHER 

 

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; 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.

 STORY COACHING: FIND OUT MORE

The support doesn’t stop once the words are on the page. A Query Accelerator 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 Accelerator 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. 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.


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.