When beginning work on a novel or memoir, many writers—especially first-time authors—find it helpful to share their projects with a professional editor/writing coach for feedback and direction. This can help you complete a strong first draft, using the kinds of professional feedback you’re likely to receive from an editor, agent, or publisher. It’ll also help you focus on aspects of your work that readers are likely to love!
This begins with submitting:
- 2500 words of your first draft (usually the first chapter). There’s no need to worry about perfect grammar, spelling, or punctuation. It’s a first draft! No one is judging you. 🙂
- a synopsis (a brief summary [usually 1-2 pages] of the novel you plan to write).
- an outline of the novel you plan to write. It’s fine if there are gaps in the outline or it’s unfinished. After all, you’re still in the process of creating your story.
- any specific questions or concerns you have.
What You’ll Receive:
- I’ll provide an editorial letter, offering suggestions to help you finish your project. It will look at elements of your work such as:
- use of point of view in narration
- word choice
- style and tone
- In some cases, you might receive a story map, expanding on your outline and analyzing how various elements of story fit together. These elements might include story beats, character arcs, conflict, and plot.
- You’re likely to receive comments in the manuscript, highlighting recommendations in the letter.
Please see the section on developmental editing for more detail about these story elements and the types of feedback I offer.
Also, the excerpt from your manuscript will not be edited.
For more information, see Rates & Policies.
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