I offer editorial and mentoring services on an individual basis. Because each project is so different, the best way to start is to click the "contact" tab above, then click "click here to contact me" to send me a brief description of your needs. Be sure to choose mentoring/editorial check box.
Generally mentoring works like this:
1) I will email you requesting more information about your project and your intentions in writing it. Reply and tell me more.
a) For picture books also attach the manuscript. Double-spaced, 12 point, with 1” margins. You may send up to 3 picture book manuscripts.
b) For novels send a one page synopsis (can be single spaced) and 10 consecutive, representative pages that are double-spaced, 12 point, 1” margins. The first pages are best, if possible. One novel at a time, please.
2) I will personally evaluate the manuscript for free and if I believe I can help you, we can set up details. It could be anything from one phone meeting to an ongoing meeting over a longer period of time. I do the evaluation to make sure that you are taking the best economical approach for you. I’d rather have you go through a course like the one I offer at Storyteller Academy if you aren’t yet ready for one-on-one revision work.
3) If we proceed with mentoring/editorial services, I charge $200/hour. It includes all reading, preparation of written feedback and phone/Skype conversations.
4) I will work within your budget constraints. For example, if you tell me you can only afford $400 at this time, I will limit my time spent to 2 hours to accommodate.
What I do is help make your manuscript the best it can be in the time we have, with a goal of moving it closer to submission readiness. I don’t do copy-editing, although some may happen incidentally.