MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENTS AND MENTORING

As a writer, it can be difficult to be objective about your own writing and to see the strengths and flaws in your work. It can be even harder, once you have spotted the faults, to know how to correct them. 

We’ve all been there, lost in a forest of words, knowing there is something awry but unable to put our fingers on the actual problem. 

External eyes can provide an objective perspective: they can spot an overwritten scene or a plot hole or where the story has gone off on a tangent. In other words, they can see the wood on the trees, as well as the overall view of the forest and possible pathways through it. 


WHAT I CAN OFFER

I can be another set of eyes.

When it comes to storytelling, I am particularly skilled at developing character and story. I also love the music of language and am a grammar pedant. 

Due to the personal nature of writing, I understand how hard it can be to hear negative feedback, and I treat every author and their manuscript with respect, sensitivity and, of course, confidentiality. 

I love appraising fiction (commercial, literary and short stories), non-fiction and memoir, but may not be the best person for speculative fiction, fantasy, children’s, poetry collections, or spiritual/religious books. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

1. A close reading of your manuscript, particularly looking at:

Order and cohesion of story
Plot gaps and bumps
Character development and consistency
Pacing, tension and maintaining reader interest
Setting
Language

2. A summary report with suggestions and tips

3. Some annotations on your manuscript 

You may choose to add a meeting via Zoom to discuss. (See below for cost.)

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

1. Proofreading: I comment on and correct occasional grammar and punctuation errors only. 

2. Fact-checking.

 WHAT I WILL NEED

1. Completion of a short questionnaire to ascertain what you want from the appraisal and ensure I am able to provide it. 

2. The agreed number of words/chapters. (See below for rates.)

3. A one- or two-page synopsis of your work-in-progress. (Dot points are fine.)

TURNAROUND TIME

Up to 20,000 words, allow 2 weeks from receipt of manuscript
<50,000 words = 3 weeks
<80,000 words = 4 weeks
<100,000 words = 5 weeks
>100,000 words = TBA

For copy editing, allow a minimum of 6 weeks.

FORMATTING

Please send your manuscript as a Word or Pages Document with double-spacing and standard margins, in a twelve-point standard font (e.g., Times New Roman, Droid Serif). Number the pages and include a header with your name and the title of your work. 

RATES (Excluding GST)

<10,000 words                                                  $350
>10,001 – 25,000 words                                From $400
25,000 – 50,000 words                                   From $550
50,001 – 75,000 words                                   From $750

COPYEDITING                                                    $60 per hour

QUERY LETTERS & SYNOPSES                   $60 per hour

MEETINGS

45-minute                   $90 (in-person)/$80 (via Zoom)
60-minute                   $110 (in person)/ $100 (via Zoom)

If you choose a shorter initial appraisal of your manuscript and request a longer one within six months, the cost of the first appraisal will be deducted from the cost of the second.

PRIVATE MENTORING (Rates exclude GST)

Enquire for Rates

GROUP MENTORING

For more details, see here.

PLEASE NOTE:

All meetings will be conducted via Zoom if COVID-19 restrictions in place

I will often need a sample of your work before I can give a final quote.

For copyediting, I generally allow five hours per 10,000 words, but I would need to see a sample before I could provide a definitive quote.

All prices exclude GST.

Full payment is needed prior to commencement of the appraisal/mentoring.

If you’re interested, please contact me for more information.