The Editorial Evaluation
This is an analysis of manuscripts that provides an overview of the strengths and weaknesses. Novelists will receive a full report via email or hardcopy (your preference) of characterization, storyline, pacing, line-by-line craft, voice and where the book fits in the market. Authors can then focus on their revisions on their own or return for further editorial work. Non fiction material will be examined in terms of concept (is it the biggest idea? the most saleable ?); structure and organization; writing style; competition; marketability.
Turn-around time: Approx. 4 weeks.
Chapter-by-Chapter Editorial Revision
This editorial revision document provides the author, first, with an overview of what he/she should be working towards, the ideal, for all aspects of the novel or non-fiction work. (See Editorial Evaluation). Then, I go through each chapter and find spots where the problems manifest as well as the author's strong points. In this way, I create an editorial revision document that you can use to rewrite the book. The strength of this document is that as each chapter goes by, hidden issues that might not have been clear on the first reading are revealed. For example, in fiction, psychological integrity of a main character might be faulty though this might not be revealed until a plot flaw is unraveled chapter by chapter. In non fiction, deconstructing structural glitches sometimes leads to creating large ideas out of small ones.
Price: $2500. $2000 paid along with receipt of manuscript; $500 when revision letter emailed to client.
Turn-around time: Approx. 6 weeks
Full Project Editorial Tutorial
This is the ultimate in hiring a private editor/writing coach. The tutorial is a page-by-page, paragraph-by-paragraph, draft-by-draft until we drop, hands-on revision. You and I set editorial goals and starting with page one, no matter how long it takes, we meet them. The process is accomplished through phone, skype, email, whatever other technical devices come down the pike. Price is by the project.
By the hour, day or project. Use me as you would a life coach if you are unsure how to start a project or have trouble staying on track. Bounce ideas off me or brain storm with me for an hour or two if something is rolling around in your head but not quite baked. $150 per hour. Certain projects require that 5 to 10 hours be committed up front.