And your style: Is it intrusive and self
conscious? Or so elegant it bores the reader with its charm?
Spare is good, but does it risk becoming jerky or too thin.
And does your style suit your story?
I provide you with a written report of my
analysis, with suggestions which will lift the
quality of your manuscript and your writing in
general. I also consider its market potential
and whether you should be considering
traditional, self, or partnership publishing.
What then? As a result of my
assessment you will set to work reviewing and
possibly doing a substantial amount of rewriting
in order to bring your manuscript up to
publishable standards and its final edit.
The price I
quote you will depend on: the
stage of development of your manuscript, its
length, ($1250 is for a manuscript of 100,000
words) and your ability to write. If you are a
local person I shall include a ninety minute
face-to-face consultation to discuss your
report. If you are not local, we can talk over
the phone or by email.
I have established this service because so many
times over the past years writers have handed me
bulky manuscripts representing perhaps 2 to 5
years work. After a quick glance my heart often
sinks for I can see the author is not aware of
some of the most fundamental principles of the
craft of writing.
I know much hard work, buoyed up by the writer’s
hopes and dreams, has gone into the manuscript.
And now there is major work to be done.
I would like you to avoid this disappointing
scenario. Before you get too far into your
project I would like to take a look at the
quality of your writing and discuss your project
me around 2000 words and a one page outline of
This will allow me to establish how capable a
writer you are; what you may need to learn and
how feasible your idea is. In our subsequent one
hour session you will learn the particular
writing skills that will advance and refine your
ideas. And you may arrive at some new ones.
We can do this face-to-face, by phone, or by
email. My preference, for truly effective
communication, is to sit down with you and your
writing over a cup of coffee.
This includes my reading and analysis of the
writing you have sent me and the subsequent
1.5 hour consultation.
‘Your advice was
‘I knew my
manuscript was not working, but really
didn’t understand why. As a result of your
input I know what I must do to improve it.’
‘I was in a state of
despair. I’ve done so much rewriting but was
never sure if it was working or not. I’ve
learned so much about my writing with your
‘I was totally
confused. Talking it through and then
applying your suggestions about character
development and the need to provide more
tension and depth in the plot has greatly
improved my manuscript.’