Need help from a publishing professional before you self-publish?
Is it time to define the theme of your book and draw it through the story?
Are agents or publishers turning down your book proposal?
We start with my review of your outline and manuscript. You’ll get detailed notes on what’s working and what needs to be strengthened in a critique letter I email you with the return of your materials. An hourlong follow-up phone call follows, sparking the next phase now that you know what you want to do next. Further consultations can focus on specific portions of the manuscript and can be done by phone or email. I know your manuscript well at this point and am a great sounding board as you go forward.
Some of what we cover:
• Outline. I consider the book’s theme or scope, the shape of the larger story. Does the table of contents appear to be complete? Well organized? Does anything appear to be missing?
• Content. In memoir, is the theme established and does the story support the theme? Is the theme threaded through the book? Does the writing style draw me in and hold me all the way through? Is the author’s voice vivid and consistent? Are believable scenes smoothly integrated with narrative? Is the dialog convincing? Does it help reveal qualities of the characters and move the story forward?
• Format. Is the material presented in a logical format? Is it accessible and clear or overcomplicated?
You may have a “good story,” but a good story isn’t enough to sell a book.
We identify the theme of your story and make sure it’s threaded through the book. I help you find a compelling shape for the book, consider the scope of the story, the plot and the characters. If you’ve already started writing your book you’ll get valuable guidance to help you on your way. If you’re about to begin, you’ll have a good roadmap to follow.
But wait! you may be thinking. I don’t want to publish! I understand. Not all memoir is intended for publication. I can help you organize a valuable collection of writings about your life to share with whomever you choose. If want to self-publish for family, I can be your editor, helping make each story everything it can be.
Besides memoir, I work with writers of self-help, cookbooks, travel, psychology, and personal growth. I work with professionals who want help showcasing their expertise in a way that’s appealing to a broad audience. After all, readers want to be intrigued as well as educated.
CONTACT ME to get started.