We’ve all heard stories of that bestseller that was rejected fourteen times before the author went on to conquer the world. And while it’s true that getting a publishing deal does require perseverance, there are ways that you can improve your chances right off the bat. Maybe what you need is a revision or two. Or maybe you’ve got the start of a really commercial novel, but you just don’t know how to pitch it. Or maybe you’ve got an agent who’s really interested, but she feels that your manuscript needs a great deal of revision. All of these are problems that I can help with. After years of acquiring and editing books for children, I can give you a clear sense of the market, how best to meet its needs and help make your project more appealing to an agent or editor. Let me help you.
I offer a range of services to authors interested in preparing their work for publication. Note that fees may vary according to the length or complexity of the work. Have a question or don’t see what you need here? Contact me and we’ll find a solution.
I will read your manuscript, annotate it with notes and provide a thorough roadmap to revision in the form of an editorial letter. If you are an author/illustrator, I will also look at your dummy and give you suggestions to improve the visual narrative, layout and presentation.
Picture Books: $600 for text, $800 for text and art
SCBWI members: $450 for text, $700 for text and art, 2 manuscripts for $750
Picture Book Submission package–including 3 manuscripts and cover letter: $1,500
SCBWI members: $1,200
Writing Coach: If you do not have a manuscript yet, but are struggling with completing one, contact me. We can work out a schedule of regular intervals where you will have assignments and I will give you direction and encouragement.
Rewriting and Book Doctoring
I will rewrite sections of your book in order to improve the narrative flow, dialogue, sentence structure or rhyme scheme.
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If you have what you feel is a complete draft that is ready to submit, I will read your manuscript, synopsis and query letter and discuss strategies for getting published.
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