Evaluations/Developmental Critiques for Manuscripts and Screenplays
A manuscript evaluation (or developmental critique) is the best way for us to start. This allows me to see what is and isn’t working in your manuscript. It allows you to see the depth and relevance of my evaluations, and decide if I’m the right person to help you bring your work to publishable form.
As I read your manuscript, I record all my observations and suggestions, summarizing and elaborating the essential feedback at the end. These recorded verbal notes, and our follow-up conversation, give you a detailed plan for next-level work to be done, and provide creative inspiration that new clarity brings.
I charge $75. per hour for manuscript evaluations, and $90 per hour for screenplay evaluations. I request a retainer check of $350. to start, and bill you for the remainder when I send you the recorded evaluation. I have written critiques for fiction, non-fiction, and screenplay projects available for you to see upon request.
Editing & Book and Script Doctoring
Many manuscripts come to me already edited and copy-edited by editors who understood the rules of grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, but not the principles of narrative dramatic structure that make story-telling powerful, or the schema development and structure that make idea-based non-fiction clear and compelling. All these prematurely edited manuscripts were unsalable and required further developmental work.
As a book and script doctor, I can edit, develop, restructure and polish your manuscript to meet mainstream publishing standards. This often involves:
• Correcting grammatical errors and misspellings.
• Distilling and clarifying sentences by cutting passive words, obligatory phrases, needless repetitions, writer’s tics and other non-essential verbiage.
• Developing, refining and integrating plots, subplots, scenes, characters and dialogue
• Reorganizing and restructuring the text to create a clear developmental progression in idea-based material, and to build dramatic momentum in narrative-based works.
I’ve book-doctored, ghostwritten and collaborated on over 100 fiction and non-fiction books. With your knowledge, insights and expertise, and my writing and research skills, we can develop your ideas into a compelling and marketable book.
If you’ve already written a rough draft I can develop, restructure, rewrite, or polish it as needed to make it marketable. I can also write a complete book based on your notes and our interviews. My hourly rate for collaborating and ghostwriting is $75. plus a mutually agreed upon percentage of book advance and royalties. Chapters of novels and various non-fiction books I’ve written are available upon request.
I offer one-on-one creative coaching and writing instruction, in person or by phone. Our sessions will inspire and motivate you, deepen your understanding of your creative process, help you dissolve creative blocks based in old limiting beliefs, and become a more confident, committed and disciplined writer.
My hourly rate for coaching is $90. I offer a discount hourly rate of $75 for purchasing ten sessions in advance ($750).