The Whole Kit and Caboodle:
Sometimes writers turn out copy that's a little murky. Or verbose. Or dull. Let me rephrase: All writers do this, at some point. You need a middleman before it reaches your final audience. I will be your ultimate unsuspecting reader--and I mean that in a good way. Iíll look at your manuscript as a whole, reading for the story and characters, as well as the writing, and how they work together. You see trees, but I'm looking at the forest.
A line edit is premature at this stage, because I may suggest major changes, such as cutting sections, rearranging chapters, or rethinking elements of the plot and characters. This doesnít mean youíll get back a clean manuscript--far from it. It will come back heavily decorated in red, where Iíve asked questions, inserted comments and marked places for improvement. Youíll also get an intensive written critique, in which Iíll offer you specific feedback on where things went wrong, and suggestions on what to do to improve them. Cost: $150. + $10.00/1000 words.
Just the Caboodle:
Whoís with me? Most writers have agonized over that question at one time or another. You know your story better than your phone number, but the trick is to make sure your readers are keeping up. In those first few chapters, you build the foundations of plot and character. If those arenít working, the book isnít working. For this service, Iíll read up to 10,000 words of your novel and give you manuscript notes as well as a separate written critique. Although I donít read the entire manuscript, youíll get a good idea of how youíre doing, and can apply my comments and suggestions to the rest of the book. Cost: $250.
Who remembers all that 7th grade grammar stuff? Um, that would be me. I'm also the one who shelled out for the big dictionary that requires its own stand. I'm one of those people who proofread menus; I can't help myself. Gift? Curse? I don't question. But if I get my hands on your manuscript, I'll make sure it's technically excellent. Cost: $10.00/1000 words.
Go ahead, make me laugh. Make me cry. Make me want to read it again. Because thatís what a good picture book should do. Iíll help you craft a story, keeping in mind the considerations of the picture book format. Cost: Generally about $100, for an edit as described above, but because picture books vary so widely, I might quote you something different.
Got something else in mind? Got questions? Contact me and we'll figure it out. Iíll try to work with you to give you the service you want.
Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org