Good books take time
Writing a book is a commitment and a passion. After devoting so much attention to your manuscript it's easy to lose perspective. Is everything clear? Is it riveting? A page-turner? Does it deliver on your vision?
My approach to the art and alchemy of manuscript evaluations is to treat them as valuable evolutions. This is how you level up your storytelling.
I'll read your fiction or non-fiction work-in-progress with care and provide substantive editorial notes on your manuscript as a whole, from beginning to end, with attention to the middle (which is often a tricky part!). I emphasize story structure, clarity, pacing, drama, humour, suspense, character and opportunities to go further. My favourite note is "more!"
THE MANUSCRIPT LEVEL UP PROCESS
The process begins with an initial 30-page diagnostic to look at writing tendencies you can go ahead and revise in your manuscript immediately. This gives us a sense of momentum!
When you're ready with a full revision I'll do the full read of the revised work.
I'll provide 2 to 5 pages of written substantive notes; PLUS comments in track changes; AND suggestions on preparing your manuscript so it's ready to send to agents and publishers.
As you read the notes please write down questions you want to ask me, and any ideas or solutions you want to run by me.
You'll also receive:
The Level Up Commitment Boost to refresh and reaffirm your energy and enthusiasm for your story
A complimentary copy of The Sparkle Technique: A creative reset you can use to boost your writing (and revising!) energy
A free copy of The Cinematic Lens Writing Method to help you make your story vivid
A bonus copy of Onboarding: How to Win Readers Over in the First 30 Pages
I'll host a Zoom session with you to go over the notes, answer questions, talk through ideas and solutions, and coach you on next steps.
(50% now, 50% in 30 days)
Sold out for January and February.
Now booking for March and April, 2022.
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Payment is due in two instalments. One upon signing and one thirty days afterwards. There are no refunds.
A manuscript evaluation is an important part of book development and the writing process, but does not guarantee agent representation or a book deal with a publishing house. The market forces of the publishing industry are beyond our control, but there are many ways to publish a book. You're the author and you do have the power to bring your book into the world, either with a publisher or independently. In the meantime you can focus on writing the best book you can.
Reading and providing written feedback on a full manuscript takes time and energy and I appreciate your patience as I read. My goal is to provide my written feedback and schedule our Zoom meeting within 30 days of delivery of your full MS, or as agreed to and scheduled in advance.
I love reading books in progress and providing perspective, notes and insights. Let's work together with kind and excited hearts to help you achieve your vision for your book.
If you would like more feedback and coaching beyond the scope of the manuscript evaluation I'm available for coaching sessions. Let's chat about that!
24 years of experience as an editor, mentor and professional/published writer
contributing editor for Taddle Creek literary magazine
trained in creative writing instruction best practices via the University of Toronto
experience teaching via the University of Toronto
workshop leader via The Writers' Union of Canada, the University of British Columbia and elsewhere
experience leading writing teams and writing rooms for digital TV/film co-productions and narrative games
widely read in coaching methodologies, neuroscience, behavioural science, motivation and productivity
inclusive, anti-racist and trauma-informed (please see my ethical stands)
like all good coaches, I have my own coach who's helped me discover my own path to success!
I'm passionate about helping writers find ways to move forward and achieve their dreams
I genuinely care about you, your vision and your goals