When you have an idea, question, or project in the early stages
30-Minute Brainstorming Call / $149
This service works just as well for writers just starting out and those who are publishing veterans with agent, house, or career question. Even if you don’t have pages to show me, you can still pick my brain about your story concept or the publishing industry. Come prepared with good questions about agents, publishing, and market trends. Bounce around your potential stories and get instant feedback. You can send me writing samples or background information before we get started so that we spend as much time as possible focusing on your ideas and burning questions. I will review writing samples and materials you send before the call (within reason, for example, a ten-page writing sample vs. a full manuscript). You’ll be surprised by how much you can learn.
Synopsis Overhaul / $599
This is one of my favorite services. The transformations I see here are astounding. Maybe you’ve written part of a manuscript but you’re hitting some stumbling blocks, or maybe you’re itching to start writing but you don’t know where to begin. You come to me and say, “I have this book idea. I think it’s really great. But I don’t know if it’s worth pursuing. Is there a story here? Is this project worth sinking the next year of my life into?” Sure, there may be times when an idea doesn’t have a lot going on. If that’s the case, I’ll tell you gently and there’s no charge. More often than not, though, there is something to the idea that’s in your head. But how do you make your brainstorm into a compelling story that’s worth transforming into a manuscript? With this service, I will ask you for a long outline of your idea, where you go chapter-by-chapter and describe your plot and character development in detail. I’ll do a developmental edit that will highlight areas to work on, themes to nurture, and sections that have or lack potential. I’ll give you customized next steps to get you writing in the right direction from the very beginning, and we’ll set some goals and checkpoints. We can work on a synopsis for up to three revisions of back-and-forth feedback and questions, so that you really iron out your road map before you start to flesh the novel out. Other services and editing can be added on, depending on your needs.