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Developmental Editor

Ask yourself this question, "Do I really need a developmental editor?"

Do you need a mechanic to make sure your car is running correctly?

A developmental editor takes a look at the big picture of your story to make sure that everything is working and lining up how it should. They look at the plot, the characters, the flow, and the pace (to name a few things) and report back to you on problem areas of your story.

 

This is what I do, and how I can help you bring your story to the next level

I read through your book and leave inline comments and let you know what makes me laugh, what I love, and if there are any issues to correct. Not only are you getting someone who will develop your story, but you're also getting a beta reader.

 

 

Developmental Edit + Critique/Beta Read

 

I will be reading the full novel and looking at the big-picture strengths and weaknesses of the story. As I go, I will be leaving inline comments where things need to be either be adjusted or removed, while at the same time looking at the following:

  • Does the plot flow well?

  • Are the characters strong / do they have motivations / are they exciting or vanilla?

  • Is there a conflict or goal to drive the story?

  • Are you info-dumping and slowing down the pace?

 

Inline comments will include reactions I have to the story as a reader, and if I think something is likely to hit home with your target audience. You will additionally receive a Story Overview letter; this will vary in length based on the project, but for longer novels, it will typically be ten to twelve pages of notes, thoughts, and suggestions.

 

  • Rate: $100 for projects of 10,000 in length

  • Rate: $250 for projects of 25,000 in length

  • Rate: $750 for projects of 50,000 words in length*

  • Rate: $1,100 for projects of 75,000 words in length*

  • Rate: $1,400 for projects of 100,000 in length*

  • Rate: $1,750 for projects of 125,000 in length*

 

*A payment plan can be discussed as an option.

Genres: Speculative fiction, including all science fiction, fantasy, steampunk (or any punk), urban, superhero, dystopian, suspense, thriller, crime, clean romance, Christian, some paranormal, and action-adventure.

 

Genres I will not read: Anything with sexually explicit or graphic sex scenes; horror or erotica. I am not familiar with them enough to be able to give you feedback on improving them. 

 

 

 

 

Payment: Deposits are required on orders over $250 to hold your position as I have limited space. Contact me about your project today to discuss your project. For more information, see Payment Plans.

 

 

 

 

Story Coach

Have you always wanted to write a story, but found yourself wondering if you have what it takes?

Maybe you've had an idea for a while now, but you don't know where to start...or how to start?

 

A Story Coach is someone who can walk you through the process of writing and help mentor you along the way. You get the benefits of someone who knows how to write a story because they have been where you are.

 

I have learned a lot about writing over the last decade, and I want to help encourage the next generation of writers. I will help you set writing goals based on your schedule, show you helpful tools that can assist you as you write, and will check in with you a few times a week to see how you are doing on your goals.

 

It's time to make your dream a reality.

 

 

Story Coach + Mentoring

 

With three packages to choose from, you're bound to find the one to fit your need. Each one is designed to help you out no matter where you are at in your writing career; from occasional check-ins to walking you through writing your novel and beyond, there is something for every author.

In every package, you will get two 1-hour phone calls in which we will begin developing a writing process before moving onto the "big picture" aspect of your story. Whether it's a short story or something you've been working on for the last 20 years, we'll get you a solid foundation from which to build the rest of it.

 

Coaching Plans:

 

Scribe Package 

$50 per hour

This package is a great starter package for those who need a jumpstart on their story and are looking to occasionally touch base when they get stuck. During the first two calls, we'll look at some helpful tools before digging into the world-building. Calls are booked in 1-hour increments and are subject to availability.

What you get:

  • Two one-hour phone calls (Discovery Conversation)

  • The Getting Your Story Started Worksheets to help jump-start your story

  • Help with brainstorming, plotting, outlines, character development, world-building, and more

Genres:

Speculative fiction, including all science fiction, fantasy, steampunk (or any punk), urban, superhero, dystopian, suspense, thriller, crime, clean romance, Christian, some paranormal, and action-adventure.

Apprentice Package 

$100 per month*

This package is for those who want someone to help them out a little more with their story. Working closely, you and I will help flesh out your book idea to bring it to life by looking at character development, plot, the world-building, and the stories overall arc. We'll create attainable writing goals that will help you boost your productivity and build your confidence.

This package is a client favorite.

What you get:

  • Weekly check-ins

  • Two one-hour phone calls (Discovery Conversation)

  • A set of daily writing goals and a workable writing process based on our conversation together

  • The Getting Your Story Started Worksheets to help jump-start your story

  • One-on-One mentoring as you write your first novel.

  • Help with brainstorming, plotting, outlines, character development, world-building, and more.

 

Genres:

Speculative fiction, including all science fiction, fantasy, steampunk (or any punk), urban, superhero, dystopian, suspense, thriller, crime, clean romance, Christian, some paranormal, and action-adventure.

 

 

Master Bard Package

$150 per month*

 

 

Become a Master Bard with this full-spectrum package. In this package, you get everything included in the Apprentice package, in addition, to help when it comes to promoting your book. We'll go over how to build your website to attract readers, what offer to get subscribers on your mailing list, and how to beef up your social media presence to reach your target audience. We'll also utilize my list of contacts to help get your book line edited and proofread before launch, and get your cover designed! 

 

 

What you get:

  • Weekly check-ins

  • Two one-hour phone calls (Discovery Conversation)

  • A set of daily writing goals and a workable writing process based on our conversation together

  • The Getting Your Story Started Worksheets to help jump-start your story

  • One-on-One mentoring as you write your first novel.

  • Help with brainstorming, plotting, outlines, character development, world-building, and more.

  • Guidance for building your website, mailing lists, and social media.

  • Use of contacts for professional editing, proofreading, and cover design.

Genres:

Speculative fiction, including all science fiction, fantasy, steampunk (or any punk), urban, superhero, dystopian, suspense, thriller, crime, clean romance, Christian, some paranormal, and action-adventure.

Payment Plans & Custom Orders

 

Developmental Edits:

Payment plans are only available for orders over $250. All orders $250 or less are required to pay in full before work begins.

Payment plan options are set up either as monthly, bi-weekly, or milestone options. During our conversation, we will discuss where your project falls in word count and which makes the most sense for you.

Because I do payment plans, I can create custom orders for you if your project doesn't fit within one of the listed rates. If you have any questions, please contact me, and I will be happy to go over it with you.

Story Coaching:

Payments for coaching can be paid monthly or bi-weekly for the Apprentice and Master Bard Packages. The Scribe Package must be paid for upfront and is subject to availability.

Refund policy:

We do not offer refunds for completed work. If you decide to cancel the order before the work is complete, you will be charged for the completed work and the rest shall be returned. 

 
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