I love helping other writers with their words. When I began writing, I found critique partners and writing groups to help me get better. A few years ago, I realized I must be giving great advice because I had a lot more requests to read work than I did words of my own to swap and share. I keep my rates affordable because I really appreciated finding an editor I could afford when I needed one. Don't let a tight budget prevent you from reaching out to ask about your project. My typical rates are listed below, but I always take the status of your project into consideration when I offer you a quote.
I can help you with your query and submission materials. I've been an online pitch contest judge and advisor. I've seen the inside of a slush pile. I know the rules, I know what to watch for, and I know when it's ok to break the query rules. (I broke them myself and it earned me my agent.)
Query Package: Starting at $150 (query, first three chapters and I will also review a summary).
I will also look at your ENTIRE manuscript! Full manuscript reviews start at $300 and go up from there (price depends on your word/page count, and also where you are at with your project and what you would like me to focus on. For example, copy edits and quick reviews start at $2 per page, double spaced (I use an industry standard, online calculation/estimation tool). A developmental review usually starts at $4 per page. Contact me for availability and an exact quote. Payment plans are available, and I take the status of your project into consideration when I give you an estimate.
I specialize in developmental critiques. I will tell you what is working and what isn't, but if I tell you what's not working, I will also try to give you suggestions for how to fix it. This is an incredibly valuable service. Sometimes, we need others to help us see a way to get out of a rabbit hole that we've gotten ourselves into. I especially like helping with character consistency, pacing and making sure your plot flows in the right direction. I also like to find plot holes (and help you get out of them).
I write mysteries. And I believe there is an art to weaving a good mystery. If I get to the end of your book and I still don’t know who the bad guy is, you know you’ve got an excellent mystery plot on your hands. (But don’t worry, I will still be able to give you clues on how to make it better.) But any novel needs to have a good pace, solid tension and suspense. Being a mystery writer, I've got good tips and suggestions for how to make that happen in any genre.
I also have quite a wide range of experience--from my life as a lawyer to my life overseas, I've got a great perspective to help with a lot of different scenarios. Once, I even spent a summer working at a landfill.
Do you have a great book idea but don't know where to start? Or maybe you've written some ideas down but don't know how to turn it into the book you've been dreaming about.
I can help.