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.
"I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world*," thanks for widening mine. And I believe you have just given me a key to help my writing: "All stories are circular."
I will see what I can do with that, and hope to avail myself of your editorial services more formally when you offer them.
For now, thank you.
*Rilke, trans. Barrows/Macy
I have had the honor of being mentored by Jim. He is brilliantly talented. He sees things in your manuscript that you miss -- windows of opportunity and dreadful errors.
He's honest. And he understands what is marketable.
If Jim thinks he can help, he probably can. It will be the best money and time you can invest in your craft.
(still unpublished but closer to the goal)
Thanks Susan. I just now saw this. It has been a great pleasure to mentor you!
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