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One of my favorite things about stories is how honestly we, as human beings, connect with them on deeply emotional and artistic levels. When a story can touch readers at their very core AND become a market success, well, that can feel almost like magic. When you’re a writer, though, this magical combination has a habit of turning into something like a Golden Goose. That’s where I come in.

 

I'm now going to say something that might seem sacrilegious: Books are products.

 

There it is, I said it. 

Beautiful, heartwarming, intellectual, informative, sweet, funny, clever products -- but products nonetheless. I know it sounds dreadful, but it's actually a good thing! It means we can use our understanding of the industry, the audience, the reader (user) experience, marketing, and analysis of the competition to consistently and methodically evaluate stories at various stages of development and set a course for success. (Hooray!) 

If you choose to work with me, I’ll help you to understand all of these interwoven factors and use them to propel your stories to new heights. 

Content Consultation

Do you have an idea that you want to get off the ground? Think you would benefit from a brainstorming partner who can help you take from a great idea to a well thought-out proposal or rough draft? Then this service is for you! In our 40-minute video content consultation, I'll review your idea and brainstorm with you to establish a clear direction, move-forward steps, and answer any questions you have regarding your idea's marketability in the publishing world.

 

With my 20+ years of writing, content creation, and acquisitions, I will review your idea from multiple perspectives – including but not limited to a big picture review of the plot and its ultimate purpose or message, character motivation, target audience, market viability, user experience – and work together with you to find your story. 

What your session includes:

 ● 40-minute video call

 ● Review of up to 2,000 words

 ● Answers to industry questions 

 ● Follow-up check-in via email

Outline Review

If you’re working on crafting an outline and think you might benefit from some guidance, this is the right service for you! This service is extremely beneficial for longer form projects and all types of nonfiction. With four years of experience directly creating, editing, and refining book outlines, I can help you hone in on the right backbone and proposed structure of your work for your stated purpose and target audience. I’ve worked on projects with outlines that were three pages long, and outlines that were 30 pages long.

 

No matter how long or short your project is, content organization is key! 

What this service includes:

  ● Critique of outline mark-up of questions, comments, or                        suggestions

  ● 1-2 page editorial letter including my overall assessment of the            outline and big picture suggestions

  ● Follow-up check-in via email

Voice Workshop

Are you experiencing any challenges finding the right voice for your project? Are you looking for an experienced eye to assess your tone and offer feedback regarding its success and marketability? This service is your solution.

Voice is a fundamental element of success, particularly if you are crafting characters. Readers long to make emotional connections between themselves and the characters they read about – be they fiction or nonfiction; workshopping your voices with me can help set you and your characters on the right path. Voice can also be crucial in projects where characters are not the focus; readers may be in search of many different styles of voice depending on your content. Whether your reader is looking for a voice that’s kind, nurturing, spiritual, authoritative, empathetic, encouraging, down-to-earth, or any other tone, I’ll help you find the right one. 

What this service includes:

 ● Critique of project or manuscript with mark-up of questions, comments, and suggestions focused specifically on character or narrator voice

 ● 30-minute video call

 ●  Follow-up check-in via email

 

Manuscript Critique

Every writer knows that stories go through draft after draft of revisions before they are ready to be set free in the world. With this service, I will offer you a detailed and critical editorial review of your manuscript draft – whether it’s your first draft or your fiftieth. I’ll read your manuscript draft through an editorial lens, reviewing for character development, tone, prose, and plot structure. I will mark up your manuscript with specific notes, comments, and editorial suggestions and share the marked-up critique with you via email. 

What this service includes:

 ● Critique of manuscript with mark-up of questions, comments, or suggestions

 ● 1-2 page editorial letter including my overall assessment of the outline and big picture suggestions

 ●  Follow-up check-in via email

Dummy or Storyboard Critique

For the storyteller who writes and illustrates – this service is for you! The illustrations of a picture book – be it a board book or a nonfiction narrative – require just as much editorial love and attention as the manuscript does. My review of your dummy or storyboard will assess both your words and pictures as equal partners in the storytelling, and offer you feedback regarding how they can better work together to make your story as seamless and powerful as it can be. Whether you are creating illustrations for babies or tweens, my years of experience with illustrated formats for all ages can help ensure that your art is engaging and appropriate for your target audience.    


 

With this service, I will offer you a detailed and critical editorial review of your manuscript draft – whether it’s your first draft or your fiftieth. I’ll read your manuscript draft through an editorial lens, reviewing for character development, tone, prose, and plot structure. I will mark up your manuscript with specific notes, comments, and editorial suggestions and share the marked-up critique with you via email. This will be followed up with a Zoom call to walk through the feedback together and discuss questions you have. 

What this service includes:

 ● Critique of project or manuscript with mark-up of questions, comments, and suggestions focused specifically on character or narrator voice

 ● 30-minute video call

 ●  Follow-up check-in via email

 

Developmental Edit

If you're looking to turn a manuscript critique up a notch, consider opting for a developmental edit. In addition to a detailed and critical editorial review of your manuscript draft -- reviewing for character development, tone, prose, and plot structure -- 

 

This will be followed up with a Zoom call to walk through the feedback together and discuss questions you have. 

What this service includes:

 ● Critique of manuscript with mark-up of questions, comments, or suggestions

 ● 1-2 page editorial letter including my overall assessment of the outline and big picture suggestions

 ●  Follow-up check-in via email

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