Coaching and Editing
Think of me as a personal trainer for authors. I provide one-on-one attention, intensive feedback, customized instruction, and a whole hell of a lot of moral support to novelists who want to turn pro.
Unfortunately, writing and publishing a book is not as straightforward as calories in, calories burned. Yet, it's often equally as fraught as working on our body image. Am I good enough? Am I wasting my time? Will I ever be able to call myself a real writer? Maybe. No. Yes!
Here are two things I know for sure: Writing your book is a worthwhile goal, and no matter where you are right now, you can have a fulfilling writer's life.
If you're ready to go all in, let's do this.
Query Consult + Agent search strategy session
If you're not hearing back from agents, there is a problem with your query. But not necessarily your book! Distilling an entire manuscript into a compelling and coherent few paragraphs is brutally difficult. Fortunately, it's a lot easier if we do it together. I'm not simply going to take a red pen to your current query letter and send it back to you. Unless the pitch is almost perfect already (in which case you’d have an agent by now), a one-time, red-pen correspondence is too limiting to get results. A straight edit can’t, for example, uncover the hidden genius of a book. I’m amazed how many times I talk to an author and realize the most compelling aspects of their book aren’t even in the query! That’s why I like to go deeper.
First, I’ll give your query a read, and then we'll talk on the phone so I can truly understand what makes your book special, even if it's not already on the page. Next we'll work together to show that off in a concise, professional pitch.
- One 60-minute call to discuss your book, strategize your agent search, and answer your questions
- Detailed line notes and thorough overall feedback on your query
- One review of your revision
Full Manuscript Consult
I’ll give you honest and constructive feedback on your novel before you start approaching agents or the marketplace. If you’ve already put yourself out there and aren’t getting the reception you wanted, we’ll figure out how we can turn things around. I'll carefully read your pages and send you extensive line-by-line notes and a thorough editorial letter discussing such elements as voice, clarity, plot, emotional impact, character, and structure. Then we'll follow up with a 60-minute call to discuss any aspect of your novel or publishing goals.
- One 20-minute consultation to help me understand you and your book
- Thorough developmental notes on the project as a whole
- Line-by-line notes on the page via comments and track changes
- One 60-minute, post-edit telephone consultation to go over your plans for revision, address questions, and bounce around hypothetical solutions
Price: $7 per page, 100 page minimum. (I am currently booked for August 2016, but have one opening in Sept. and two in October. Click below to hold your space, which will also put you on my waitlist for an earlier slot.)
Becoming a professional writer is no easy feat, and it's totally normal to get stuck somewhere along the way – muddling through the middle of a book, getting to The End, finding an agent, building a fulfilling writer’s life. I’ve found that when it comes to reaching the other side, everyone needs something a little different, so I no longer offer set packages. Whether you want a one-time shot in the arm or recurring coaching sessions, here’s what you will get: accountability, feedback on your writing strengths and weaknesses, professional publishing advice and strategy, clarity on your goals, and the god’s honest truth about what it will take to get there. Once we’re clear on your next step, I’ll help you build the confidence and skill to make it a reality.
Let's make things happen for you. Drop me a line and tell me about your book.