SERVICES: Plot Consults, Critiques, Mentorship, Visits

Rebecca Petruck, with balloons


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 two approaches:


A) $250

  • 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 60-90 min).

B) $750

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

    • If your manuscript is more than 80,000 words, the fee increases $100 per 10,000 words ​

  • Then we talk as long as we need. 

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


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



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.



  • Critiques are quoted by word count. A 50,000-word manuscript is $1000, though varies if I've worked with you before. 


A 4-month mentorship is $1250. This includes: 

  • initial conversation based on your first 20 pages and synopsis 

  • 1x monthly assignments for 3 months including readings, exercises, new pages to submit to me, and a phone call

  • the 4th month, 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)





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.