More and more authors are coming to me these days in the same predicament: their agent loves their manuscript, publishers’ acquisitions editors love their manuscript, everyone thinks it’s a wonderful story on an important subject and they’re all teetering right there on the brink of a sale. . .
But not quite.
“Can you help?” these authors ask.
Yes, I can.
Developmental Edit Special
For a manuscript plus feedback from your agent and all acquisitions editors—equaling a total up to @85,000 words—I write a single Developmental Edit Letter of approximately 3,000-5,000 words discussing storytelling issues, the protagonist’s conflicting internal needs, optimum plot design, cast of characters and prose issues. I identify specific ways in which to create the most powerful storytelling, along with techniques for polishing the writing into publishable prose. And I explain exactly how to address the concerns of your agent and each acquisitions editor in order to develop your manuscript for acceptance.
I calculate this Developmental Edit Special by wordcount. A total of up to @85,000 words takes approximately 28 hours.
For a synopsis or chapter-by-chapter outline plus feedback from your agent and all acquisitions editors—equaling a total of @7000 words (approximately 28 pages double-spaced)—I write a single Developmental Letter outlining basic plot structure and character development issues, identifying specific ways in which to design the most powerful storytelling. And I explain exactly how to address the concerns of your agent and each acquisitions editor in order to develop your manuscript for acceptance.
This Synopsis Special takes approximately 6 hours.