Editing Your Manuscript:
BIG-PICTURE EVALUATION: If you're not ready for in-depth line edits but just need someone to read what you have so far and make sure you're on the right track, a big-picture evaluation is a great place to start. In this manuscript critique, I'll read your full or partial draft and return a detailed 2-5 page edit letter on your manuscript's potential and needs, focusing on any structural or foundational issues that should be addressed in the early stages of editing. Flat rate -- $1,500
IN-DEPTH EDIT: If you have a finished, edited draft and you need someone to really dig in and find craft flaws, it may be time for an in-depth edit. At this level, I'll mark up your manuscript scene-by-scene with notes, questions, and suggestions, pointing out places you could cut/tighten, and/or where you need to add more detail and reflection. We will also have up to two half-hour zoom calls. Flat rate -- $2,500
*Sliding scale based on need.*
Selling Your Manuscript:
BOOK PROPOSAL CRITIQUE: An outside eye is especially helpful on book proposals (whether you have a completed manuscript or not), because summing up your own work in just a few pages, and zeroing in on what will make it marketable, is many writers' idea of hell. Flat rate of $500 for a book proposal edit, including 2 chapters.
FIRST 50 PAGES: Big-picture evaluation of your first 50 (double-spaced, standard format) pages, plus a half-hour phone consultation to discuss your readiness to query, and next steps. Flat rate--$400.
QUERY LETTER EDITING: A strong query letter is your first impression on an agent—make sure yours packs a punch. Since I spent years on the agency side, I also offer my experience in creating an agent's list once the query letter is ready. Flat rate-- $250
SECOND ROUND OF QUERYING: If at first, you don't succeed, try try again. Often after a round of agents' rejections, next steps are crucial. We'll reevaluate your query letter, your agents' list, and the agents' response to come up with an accountable and goal-driven process for the second round of querying. Flat rate - tbd
*I will do my very best to help you make your manuscript, proposal, and query letter as polished and sellable as possible, but of course, in this unpredictable industry, I can't make any firm guarantees that you will sell your book after working with me, but I can promise to provide support and guidance, as well as agent suggestions once your query is complete. *
**I do flat rates so we don't have to worry about how much time goes into the book, keeping track of hours, checking in on additional costs, etc. This way we can focus holistically on your manuscript without time or monetary constraints.**