Recently I was in Mexico as an Artist in Residence. I taught a fiction workshop class, and two of my students were so pleased with the feedback I gave them on their submissions that they asked if I would look at their full manuscripts. I told them I would… for a price.
And it was a very reasonable price. I think everyone was pleased, and I realized that this is something I’m good at. I’ve had a lot of experience over the years in critiquing manuscripts: my MFA workshops, the workshop class I participated in at The Hugo House in Seattle, the writing group I started through the Minneapolis Loft Literary Center. Why I didn’t think to offer this service to the public sooner, I don’t know. But I am excited to announce that I am now available for manuscript consultations!
In addition to giving you line edits, I will provide detailed feedback on your overall manuscript with notes and ideas about plotting and structure, theme, character, dialogue, point of view, summary versus scene, and other major areas of the craft. I will suggest revision strategies and provide resources to help you take the next steps towards your ultimate goal.
You will receive a line-edited manuscript with in-text comments, a written critique letter, and a Skype session or phone call with me. I am happy to read your novel (or novel-in-progress), memoir, short story, or short story collection.
Prices vary depending on the length and type of project. You can email me (email@example.com) with a brief description of your project, as well as the first 10 pages of your manuscript, and I will give you a price estimate.
Spread the word and don’t be shy. I’d love to read your work and help you make it better.