THE MANUSCRIPT LEVEL UP

Manuscript Level Up with Suzanne

Good books take time
and care

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 READING

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.

THE NOTES

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.

THE DISCUSSION

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.

What you get

  • an initial 30-page diagnostic plus an hour-long discussion on Zoom

  • a careful read of your full manuscript

  • 2 to 5 pages of written substantive notes plus suggestions in track changes 

  • a Zoom discussion to go over the notes and set you up for success with next steps
     

  • Bonus: The Level Up Commitment Boost to re-energize your enthusiasm for the story

Why start with 30 pages?

We all have writing tendencies to improve. Starting with 30 pages is a chance for you to clear those up so we can focus on bigger themes and issues in the full edit. The 30 pages also works as a valuable initial assessment so you can make a significant impact off the bat. During this phase we also get a feel for how best to work together. It's proven very effective!

Pricing

Invest in your manuscript and gain valuable perspective for $3250 USD*

50% now, and 50% in 30 days.

*Canadians: ask about the Canadian discount.

There is an additional reading fee for manuscripts longer than 425 pages.

Do you want to complete your detailed revision in 6 weeks?

Get 6 weekly half-hour coaching sessions to stay on track and bounce ideas off me. You'll have accountability and my support! 

Add on for $600 USD.

Please note:

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.

 

No refunds and no transfers.

 

To sign up, let's chat first on a free info call so have a better idea of what to expect from the process.

GIVE BACK AS YOU PROGRESS! MS Level Ups are part of my annual Giving Pledge.