Editing Services

Are you a writer struggling to learn how to tell a story that works?

Do you want to finish the project you said you’d start ages ago? Do you want be able to tell stories for a living? More importantly, do you want readers to keep reading your stories and to share them with everyone they know?

But, how exactly do you turn that jumble of words into a novel or memoir that makes sense and delivers on the promises you make?

That’s where The Story Grid and I come in.

I’ll help you…

  • Make sure your idea will be enough to fill a whole novel
  • Learn to write a scene that keeps your readers hooked
  • Figure out what’s missing from your novel and why it “doesn’t work”
  • Give you actionable advice unlike many others who will tell you something vague like “show, don’t tell”
  • Pay off your beginning hook with plot twists that readers won’t see coming
  • Create characters that feel real
  • Write books that keep readers reading and sharing with their friends
  • Finish the book you’ve always wanted to write

How?

I’ll work with you to help you learn to tell your stories better. The process is designed to help you at whatever level you need: to analyze an idea, a scene, a manuscript, or to work together week-by-week to keep you writing. You’ll get laser-focused advice and an analytical view into the kind of story you’re trying to tell. And, we’ll get you into the Professional mindset, ready to fight Resistance.

Apply today. Schedule a free call to see if Developmental Editing is right for you.

 

 

A More In-depth Look at the Services* I Offer:

  • Idea Analysis**
    • Cost: $197
    • To figure out if your idea is sustainable and help you answer the right questions to get started
    • Deliverables:
      • A one-hour phone call consultation
      • 6 core questions analysis
    • Book Now
  • Scene Analysis** (click for a preview scene analysis)
    • Cost: $397
    • Up to 5k words
    • To analyze a scene and determine what’s working and what isn’t so that you can stay on track
    • Deliverables:
      • A 1-hour phone call consultation
      • A scene analysis
    • Book Now
  • Manuscript Analysis**
    • Cost: $997
    • For any finished manuscripts up to 80k words
    • This diagnostic will determine what’s working, and provide specific ways to improve what isn’t
    • Deliverables:
      • 6 core questions answered about your manuscript that will provide a general overview of the entire manuscript (macro level)
      • An in-depth story grid analysis (micro level) of your first five scenes
      • A one-hour phone call consultation
      • A next-steps recommendation letter
      • Genre-specific resources and recommendations to follow up with
    • Book Now
  • Weekly Coaching** – To help improve your writing week-by-week
    • Cost: $500 per month
    • Weekly coaching calls that provide a short feedback-loop of advice to execution
    • This is for taking an idea to conception backed by my expertise OR
    • For a second draft following a diagnostic
    • Deliverables:
      • A weekly 1-hour phone call consultation
      • Writing assignments to be completed before each call
      • Continued analysis of your work
      • Motivation to stay on track
    • Book Now
  • Website Update or Content Management**
    • Cost: varies
    • For anyone who needs an updated website, content management, SEO help, or web design
    • Deliverables:
      • Vary based on project and need
    • Schedule a free consultation

**Services and costs subject to changes based on a writer’s needs and project. If you have questions, ask.

For more about what a developmental editor does, visit my blog.

 

Why Me?

I have been studying stories and writing for the past 3 and a half years and have trained directly under an editor (Shawn Coyne) with over 25 years of experience. The group of Story Grid Editors offer each other advice and expertise on a daily basis and have a line of communication to Shawn should we need it. I have gotten a couple short pieces published and am a writer myself so I know the struggles you face firsthand. Additionally, I’m working on a Story Grid Guide to The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness using the tools from The Story Grid. This spring I will attend Robert McKee’s Story Seminar. Finally, I have intensely studied other craft guides such as Story Engineering, Writing Fiction, Story, and Plot and Structure and will continue to do so to improve my craft and services.  

As for websites, I have been learning about web design and coding for the past 2+ years. I built and designed this self-hosted WordPress site and designed a site on Zenfolio. I’ve studied marketing and design and have used the techniques I’ve learned to build my site from the ground up.

 

Questions? Fill out this form or book a free consultation below.

 

 

*These services are not for writers unwilling to put in the work necessary to learn how to tell their stories better