Overall Critique – This level of service provides you with an editorial note listing general comments on strengths and suggestions for improvement in areas such as, but not limited to, plot and character development, voice, dialogue, pacing, etc. In particular, I look for whether or not your manuscript is likely to hold a reader’s interest and places where this needs to be strengthened. This does not include line comments on manuscript. This is followed by a conversation to discuss the manuscript (via phone or in person) and give you the opportunity to ask questions.
Developmental editing – This level of service gives you more specific feedback and suggestions in your editorial letter than an overall critique, in addition to line markings on the manuscript itself. This is followed by a conversation to discuss the manuscript (via phone or in person) and give you the opportunity to ask questions.
First 50 Pages Special: Most chronic problems in manuscripts will be apparent in the first fifty pages. If you wish to send in the first 50 pages, plus a detailed synopsis (~2-8 pages) of the remaining story, I can give you feedback on these pages plus my suggestions regarding the future plot you have outlined in the synopsis. This DOES NOT take the place of a complete manuscript critique, but it can point out common errors that you may be making throughout the entire manuscript. You may choose to make changes and then submit a revised completed manuscript for critique. This service gives you edits on the manuscript as well as an editorial note and a one hour conversation.
If you’d like more information about these services or to request a quote, please contact me.
“What I sent Heather was a big bin filled with novelistic parts; what Heather sent back to me was a set of clear, concise instructions – a blueprint, basically – for assembling those parts into a well-constructed novel.”
– New York Times bestselling crime novelist Jon Jefferson, writing as “Jefferson Bass.”