Writing Coaching Packages

The Book Doctor Is In

Editors and writing coaches are sometimes called book doctors because we help writers “heal” issues in their manuscripts. I kept this in mind when I put together packages for smaller services writers might need like: knowing characters inside and out, preparing contest submissions, plotting/outlining, deciding where to start the story, and fixing up the beginning. Take a look.

Character Therapy: Through a series of interviews, discover who your characters really are, what motivates them, and where will they go from here. You’ll learn their goals, motivations, conflicts, backstory, and more. $175

Contest Rehab 1—The Small Sub: Addicted to contests, but you aren’t getting positive results? Let’s go through your contest submission and polish it. This includes the query blurb or short summary (250 words or less), a synopsis up to five double-spaced pages (1,250 words), and the first thirty double-spaced pages (up to 7,500 words) of your manuscript. You’ll receive up to three critiques, including a copy edit, of the blurb and synopsis (two revisions), one substantive/big picture edit of the first thirty pages of your manuscript, and a copy edit of the revised thirty pages. $440

Contest Rehab 2—The Big Sub: Addicted to contests, but you aren’t getting positive results? Let’s go through your contest submission and polish it. This includes the query blurb or short summary (250 words or less), a synopsis up to five double-spaced pages (1,250 words), and the first fifty double-spaced pages (up to 12,500 words) of your manuscript. You’ll receive up to three critiques, including a copy edit, of the blurb and synopsis (two revisions), one substantive/big picture edit of the first fifty pages of your manuscript, and a copy edit of the revised fifty pages. $675

Plotting Prescription: Need help plotting your story? We’ll go through your main characters’ GMCs (goals, motivations, conflicts), and we’ll examine and rework your plot outline (up to ten single-spaced pages with a space or extra return between points). This includes three critiques (two revisions) of the GMCs and two critiques (one revision) of the outline. $175

Beginnings Band-Aid 1: Before you can worry about your beginning, we need to ensure the main characters’ GMCs (goals, motivations, conflicts) are strong, because they’re your story’s skeleton. Then, we’ll analyze your story’s beginning. Are you starting at the right place? What’s an inciting incident? What’s YOUR inciting incident? Are we in the right POV (point of view)? Next, I’ll do a substantive/big picture edit of the first thirty double-spaced pages (up to 7,500 words) of your manuscript, then a copy edit of the revised thirty pages. $475

Beginnings Band-Aid 2: Before you can worry about your beginning, we need to ensure the main characters’ GMCs (goals, motivations, conflicts) are strong, because they are your story’s skeleton. Then, we’ll analyze your story’s beginning. Are you starting at the right place? What’s an inciting incident? What’s YOUR inciting incident? Are we in the right POV (point of view)? Next, I’ll do a substantive/big picture edit of the first fifty double-spaced pages (up to 12,500 words) of your manuscript, then a copy edit of the revised fifty pages. $675