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The mentoring falls somewhere between developmental editing and story coaching due to the process you and I will be going through. While it largely depends on where you're at in your writing, there are several stages where you might find yourself.

1) Beginning Concept: You have an idea but don't know how to turn it into a story, or you're close to finishing your first draft.

2) First Draft Status: You did it!...Now what? You may not be sure where to go from here or even if what you have is that good (we're our own worst critics, after all).

3) Forever Stuck: You've been working on this thing forever and can't seem to make progress with it no matter how hard you try.

Do any of those sound familiar?

— Master Bard Mentoring —

What Is It Exactly?

For centuries, storytelling has been a way to communicate ideas and viewpoints, a way to express our own unique perspective of the world based on our personal experiences. Bards were the keepers of stories, teller of tales, and, in some cases, the mouthpiece of the king. They kept traditions alive by passing on their knowledge to the next generation, mentoring them and showing them the art of story-craft.

In a sense, that is what I will be doing with you. I'm going to show you how to tell the story you want to tell, even if you've never done it before in your life.

Here's how it works in general:

  • We start off with a free consultation to get a feel for each other and you feel comfortable with me and so I can get an idea of what you're looking to do.

  • Once we started working together, we'll start laying the foundations of a writing process (reviewing yours if you have one) and begin setting goals. 

  • You'll start getting feedback on your chapters as you go, which means you'll start seeing an improvement to your writing instantly.

  • You'll get video check-ins, unlimited emails, help with world-building, outlining, plot creation, characters,*takes a deep breath* setting the scene, plot twists and more.

What does it mean, "Covers up to"?

Basically, that's the maximum each package will cover depending on the goals of the author. For example, if an author needs help getting through the first draft of the novella or short story and that is all they need help with, then the Scribe Package would be a better fit than the Apprentice or Bard packages.

If, however, they want help with their second draft and assistance with publishing, then the Master Bard Package would be the way to go because it covers the word count (up to 90k) and the work that will go into that.

What is the end goal? What's in it for you?

To have your book published, plain and simple. But before we get there we have to get the book finished, right? And while we will absolutely set goals for publishing, that's not going to be our focus when starting off. 

I've had clients ask me, "Do you own rights to my book?"

The answer is, no, I do not. This book is 100% yours and any ideas I have or any suggestions you take and apply don't give me any ownership rights to the book. I also don't take any royalties from the book sales.

 

Why?

Because I don't want to; it's not my book. It's yours.

 

Do you want to know what's in it for me?

The satisfaction that I could help a fellow author make their dream a reality and see them holding a picture of their book in their hands when all is said and done. Maybe that sounds "too good to be true" or super corny. But that principle is what led me to start this business in the first place.

— Mentoring Packages —

The Scribe

Covers up to 25,000 words

Price: $2,000

The Scribe package is the base level experience for people looking for some help in getting through their first draft and need a little boost to do so. You'll get a personalized writing plan based on my template that will help you build your own and maximize its effect on your writing. You will get all the current Getting Your Story Started Worksheets that will help you no matter where you're at in the writing process. Some of the other things included are:

  • Unlimited email contact

  • Help with world-building, plotting, outline, and structure

  • Feedback on a scene level to help you fix trouble spots

  • Weekly video calls as we build your story

Not included:

  • No additional feedback on the second draft

  • No access to blog w/ writing tips

The Apprentice

Covers up to 50,000 words

Price: $4,000

The Apprentice package is for people looking for some help in getting through their first draft and help with planning out a bigger book, which can be intimidating. As with the previous package, you'll get a personalized writing plan based on my template that will help you build your own and maximize its effect on your writing. You will get all the current Getting Your Story Started Worksheets that will help you no matter where you're at in the writing process. Some of the other things included are:

  • Unlimited email contact

  • Help with world-building, plotting, outline, and structure

  • Feedback on a scene level to help you fix trouble spots

  • Weekly video calls as we build your story

  • Access to the blog w/ writing tips

Not included:

  • No additional feedback on the second draft

The Bard

Covers up to 75,000 words

Price: $5,500

The Bard package is for those with an eye for long term improvement of their writing overall. Not only are you going to get a personalized writing plan based on my template, but you're also going to get access to the Bard's Blog, and The Bard's Storytelling Academy at a special rate.

Included:

  • Everything from previous packages​

 

Plus:

  • Access to the Bard's Blog

  • Discounted rate to The Bard's Storytelling Academy

Not included:

  • No additional feedback on the second draft

The Master Bard

Covers up to 90,000 words

Price: $7,000

The Master Bard package is the ultimate plan, designed to help authors bring their dreams to life by helping them through not only their first draft but the second one as well. In addition, you'll get my help with figuring out a publishing plan, book promotion, building an author platform AND free access to The Bard's Storytelling Academy.

Included:

  • Everything from previous packages

 

Plus:

  • Figuring out the best route to publishing based on your goals for your book*

  • Help with promoting your book through my platform

  • Guidance with building your own author platform

  • FREE access to The Bard's Storytelling Academy

* I am affiliated with a hybrid publisher and have freelanced for them through a partner program. Because I know them and have learned more about how they help authors with publishing, I have gotten permission to send my clients their way!

Let's be clear, this is NOT a promise you'll be published; it is, however, a direct line of access to getting your book looked at because they know you're coming through me. If you want to know more, schedule a consultation with me using the calendar below.

 
— Schedule a Consultation —
  • Discuss the goals of your book and what you're looking to do with it.

  • Figure out the best next steps for your book

  • As an introductory consultation, you pay nothing unless you decide I'm the right fit for you.

How Long Does It Take?

It differs from author to author based on where they are in the process of writing their story, though, you could reasonably expect somewhere between 4 to 12 months.  That might sound like a long time, but consider this: It's taken me years to learn what I've learned. Do you want to spend years running from thing to thing, trying to piece together a plan to be successful?

It also depends on you and how committed you are to the process because it's going to challenge you and require your time and effort. If you don't apply what you'll learn, it won't work, simple as that. While I can promise that the process will help you write your book faster than ever before and give you the wins you need to succeed, YOU are responsible for making it happen. I'm not writing your book for you; I'm not a ghostwriter, I'm your mentor.

Now, if you're ready to make your writing a priority in your life and do this thing, I'm here to help you achieve your dreams.

What If I Can't Pay That Much?

Some clients have been able to pay upfront, however, the majority of my clients opt for a payment plan fits with their goals and the timeframe we're typically working in. If that's you, let me know and we can figure something out!

— Genres —

Like I mentioned on the other page, I specialize in Fantasy and Science Fiction, so naturally, if you bring me something within that area I'm going to gravitate towards it. I am not limited to that, however, and I've helped authors to write motivational, superhero, mystery, thrillers, and Victorian-era books! No matter the genre, telling a story clearly remains the same, and I can help you do that faster than you thought possible.

What I will edit/mentor:

Fiction - fantasy, science fiction, steampunk (or any punk), urban fantasy, superhero, dystopian, utopian, suspense, thriller, crime, clean romance, Christian fiction, some paranormal, and many others.

Non-fiction - accepted, but is limited to a client by client basis and what they are writing. 

 

What I will not edit/mentor:

Anything with sexually explicit or graphic sex scenes (doesn't matter what genre), horror, erotica, anything that praises abusive/toxic relationships, pedophilia, or incest.

NOTE: This is not an extensive list, so if you have questions about something in your book we can discuss it prior to starting the project.

Hear me O Great Oracle!

I'm impressed, you've really caught on to this whole theme! Way to go! Now, it's time to take it to the next level, wouldn't you say? Fill out the info below!