While polishing up a manuscript is necessary, most of the head-scratching and hair-tearing comes from the structural issues you can’t see, not the typos. Luckily, the big picture is my favorite part. I love delving into the pacing and the character arcs and the places to hide Chekhov’s gun. Plotting is putting together a puzzle, and I won’t rest until every piece is in place.

The goal of my manuscript reports is to imbue you and your story with new life. I want you to be reinvigorated, your passion for your book rekindled. Each service on this page involves a close read of the manuscript and a write-up. In these write-ups, I use accessible, casual, enthusiastic language in order to make your feedback more digestible. This language is tailored to the writer; the better I know you, the more casual I am. Sample Reports can be found .

The Reaction (Bronze Package)

When even your critique partners have seen your manuscript one too many times, it’s hard to find objectivity. The Reaction is a 1-3 page letter examining the major aspects of your story. It answers questions like, “Is your main character likable?”, “Are the stakes high enough?”, and “Is your concept unique?” You receive not only my fresh eyes, but also my experience as a slush reader.

You get…

  • A close read of the manuscript
  • 1-2 pages of notes
  • 1 query pass

Best for…

  • Writers who are confident with their story but want to make sure everything is in the right place from a fresh, professional perspective.
  • Writers who aren’t sure if their manuscript is worth pursuing.
  • Writers who are about to query and want to get an industry-insider point of view.

Price :

  • <30K: $90
    <40K: $100
    <50K: $110
    <60K: $120
    <70K: $130
    <80K: $140
    <90K: $150
    <100K: $160
    >100K: $175

The Report (Silver Package – most popular!)

The Report is a 4-7 page letter that covers the four major elements of a story in-depth: Premise, Plot, Character, and Writing, plus the smaller, but just as important, components like world, voice and pacing. I explore your strengths and weaknesses, looking at the way the story-puzzle fits together, as well as the individual pieces and how they match the final picture you are creating.

You get…

  • A close read of the manuscript
  • 4-7 pages of notes
  • 3 query passes
  • Writing exercises that will help you address weak points

Best for…

  • Writers who have just finished a first draft and have no idea where to start.
  • Writers receiving full requests but no offers who aren’t sure where the problem is.
  • Writers who work best with revision guidance.

Price :

  • <30K: $180
    <40K: $200
    <50K: $220
    <60K: $240
    <70K: $260
    <80K: $280
    <90K: $300
    <100K: $325
    >100K: $350

The Rehab (Gold Package)

The most comprehensive package, the Rehab is an 8-12 page letter that examines the individual puzzle pieces that make up your story, as well as the framework of the plot. The Rehab also includes 30 pages of detailed line edits, the sections chosen by you.

You get…

  • A close read of the manuscript
  • 8-12 pages of notes
  • 30 pages of line edits
  • Unlimited query passes
  • Writing exercises that will help you address weak points
  • A 30 minute Skype or phone call to discuss anything you would like (writing- or publishing-related)

Best for…

  • Writers committed to the revision process who are ready to work hard to make their manuscripts shine.

Price:

  • <30K: $320
    <40K: $350
    <50K: $370
    <60K: $400
    <70K: $430
    <80K: $460
    <90K: $490
    <100K: $520
    >100K: $550

The Revive (Partial Manuscript Package)

Do you keep stalling on that great idea? Whether you’re a few chapters in, halfway through, or almost done, the Revive will kick start the creative juices and get you through your block. I focus on why you’re getting stuck and what will help break you free. This is a mostly plot- and premise-focused 3-5 page letter.

You get…

  • A close read of your unfinished manuscript
  • 3-5 pages of notes
  • guidance to write an outline or story map (if you’re a plotter)
  • A 30 minute brainstorming session via skype or phone.

Best for…

  • Writers who have stalled partway into a manuscript and aren’t sure how continue or even if they should.

Price:

  • <10K: $70
    <20K: $90
    <30K: $110
    <40K: $130
    <50K: $150
    <60K: $170
    >60K: $190

The Review (Issue-Focused Package)

Querying or on submission and keep receiving the same vague feedback? The Review is right for you. I will take the consistent feedback you have received (“inconsistent pacing” or “unlikable characters,” for example) and read with an eye to that, taking the vague note and identifying specific points to strengthen it. I will also mention any other big things that jump out at me, but most of the feedback will be focused on your agent/editor notes.

You get…

  • A close read of your manuscript & whatever agent/editor feedback you want to share
  • 3-5 pages of notes
  • 3 query passes
  • Writing exercises to help you address weak points

Best for…

  • Writers on submission to either agents or editors who keep receiving consistent feedback.
  • Writers whose have isolated a specific element as a weakness but are unsure how to fix it.

Price:

  • <30K: $130
    <40K: $150
    <50K: $170
    <60K: $190
    <70K: $210
    <80K: $230
    <90K: $250
    <100K: $270
    >100K: $300

The Repeat (For multiple passes)

Return client? If you’re returning for a second read on the same manuscript, take 25% off. Third read or more? 50% off.