SERVICES: Plot Consults, Critiques, Mentorship, Visits
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:
I read your pitch, synopsis, or scribbled notes...we don't need much to get started!
Then we talk as long as we need to frame out the major elements of your plot.
I read your manuscript (read only; no page mark-ups)
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 or in-person PLOT YOUR NOVEL workshop, please email.
CRITIQUES and MENTORSHIP
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 generally $750, though varies if I've worked with you before.
A 4-month mentorship is $750. 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)
AUTHOR VISITS and FREE SKYPE VISITS
I offer free 30-minute Skype visits for educators. (Or Google Hangout, Zoom, etc.) A typical visit includes:
a brief reading
discussion about writing and/or the book
a few book recommendations
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.