SERVICES: Plot Consults, Critiques/Developmental Editing, Mentorship/Book Coaching, Visits

Rebecca Petruck, with balloons
PLOT CONSULTATIONS

 

I'm a logic/organizer type, which means I'm excellent at helping others plan plots--and I love to do it. 

Save yourself a draft or three by using me to help you think through the big picture of your manuscript, be it a brand-new WIP or a story in need of revision. 

The approach is loose enough for pantsers, providing direction without constriction, and structured enough for plotters, ensuring the focus remains on the key elements. A little pre-planning saves you time, pages, and heartache. (I know; I've had to delete multiple characters and entire story lines, too.)

There are a few approaches:

 

A) PLOT CONSULT: $350

  • I read your pitch, synopsis, or scribbled notes...we don't need much to get started! 

  • Then we talk to frame out the major elements of your plot (approx 60 min).

B) FULL MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION: MIN $750

  • I read your manuscript (read only; no page mark-ups)

    • After 50,000 words, the fee increases approximately $100 per 10,000 words ​

  • Then we talk as long as we need. 

C) PARTIAL MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION: $400+

  • Same as above

  • Fees varies by word count, minimum $400

D) FIRST TEN: $95

  • I read your first 10 pages

  • Then send you an evaluation based on the SCBWI Gold Form

  • Includes a 15-minute call for any follow-up questions

I promise by the end of our conversation, you will have a solid plan for moving forward and be excited to get to work! 

Contact: rebecca_petruckATyahoo.com

To arrange an online PLOT YOUR NOVEL workshop, please email.

CRITIQUES / DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING and MENTORSHIP / BOOK COACHING

 

I've critiqued literally thousands of pages of children's and adult fiction. A critique includes manuscript mark-up, an extensive letter highlighting what works, what needs work, and suggestions, as well as a follow-up phone call to discuss questions or brainstorm ideas.

 

I critique full manuscripts and partials. I also do multi-month mentorships.

 

Pricing:

  • Critiques / developmental editing are quoted by word count. A 50,000-word manuscript is $1400, though varies if I've worked with you before. 

 

An 8-week mentorship or book coaching is $1400. This includes: 

  • initial conversation based on your first 20 pages and synopsis 

  • 3 assignments bi-weekly for 6 weeks including readings, exercises, new pages to submit to me, and a phone call

  • the 4th assignment for the last 2 weeks, you are asked to significantly revise or write 20 new pages based on our discussions, which will be critiqued as for any client (marked-up MS, edit letter, follow-up phone call)

 

Contact: rebecca_petruckATyahoo.com

AUTHOR VISITS and FREE SKYPE VISITS

 

I offer free 30-minute online visits for educators. A typical visit includes:

  • a brief reading

  • discussion about writing and/or the book

  • a few book recommendations

  • Q&A

 

I also participate in #FirstChapterFridays, in which I'll read the first chapter of one of my own books or a book I recommend. The book is selected with you so we can be sure you have it in your school. ​

For in-person author visits, a full day is $1000 + travel expenses. It includes 3 class presentations plus lunch with a small group of students. Half-day visits are only available within a 100-mile radius of Creston, NC, and are $600 for 2 class presentations plus lunch with a small group. 

 

Contact: rebecca_petruckATyahoo.com