First 20 Pages
This is an easy way for us to see if we can work together. I’ll do a full review of your premise, your characters, your setting and your inciting incident. We’ll talk about what you’ve promised in your setup and whether you think you’ve delivered. I’ll point out if I think your scenes are doing the work they should be doing.
Line Editing Coach
I’ll look at any 20 pages you want with an eye toward your prose—including grammar, word choice and rhythm—and call out areas for improvement. You can then apply these guidelines to the rest of your work.
Have some characters, but no story? Have a great plot but you’re not sure what your characters’ internal arc should be? I’m happy to work with you. I’m a firm believer in the importance of a tight story arc and will ask focused, probing questions to clarify what your story is really about.
This is what I did for the agents; an in-depth analysis of your manuscript from start to finish focusing on plot, character, setting and theme with an eye toward developing a compelling narrative thrust. We’ll look at external goals and internal drives and whether the events of the story add up to a knockout climax; we’ll look at whether the characters’ voices are interesting and engaging and whether you are getting as much emotional punch out of them as possible. We’ll look at whether you’re using your setting to catch our attention, but also to help carry the emotions of the story. It’s a lot to ask, but it’s so worth it in the end!
Maybe you need a sounding board. Sometimes you need deadlines and someone to hold you accountable. Sometimes you need writing exercises. I’m happy to work with you to help you reach your writing goals.