Is a Story Consultation right for you?
We can do a Story Consult at any stage in your manuscript's development. Earlier is often better, but sometimes you don't see problems until they hit the page and screw up your flow.
Pantsers might use a Story Consult as a way to shave a draft cycle or two off your usual write-rewrite-repeat process—imagine how much extra energy and time you could dedicate to line-level nuances!
Plotters might take advantage of the deep-story possibilities a Story Consult can reveal and inject that extra bit of oomph that will hit your audience right in the feels.
A Story Consultation is not an edit.
Looking for a full edit? Read this section (click) to find out if I'm currently taking on new projects.
In your Story Consultation, we'll talk about your (and your story's) needs. I'll tailor the experience to your unique situation.
Does investing one hour to potentially save dozens sound like what you need? Schedule your Story Consult below to save your spot in my schedule.
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What to expect from your Story Consultation
The format for the Story Consult is simple: We'll identify your problems, and then I'll guide the conversation to spark Aha! moments and uncover new possibilities. This is a Q&A session, so bring your most pressing story or character questions.
- I do not review any documents before our chat. So if your questions require a lot of backstory or additional information I need to know, come prepared to succinctly state those must-know details.
- I do not line edit, analyze scene flows, or audit any story documents like outlines, synopses, or blurbs during our chat. The focus of a Story Consult is high-level problem solving or story planning in a Q&A format.
- You can provide short summary or info documents (500 words or less) for me to read while we're on the call, but be aware that this will take away from your Q&A time.
The best way to prepare for a Story Consult is to make a list of your concerns and questions in advance (you're welcome to email them to me once the meeting is scheduled) and craft a 30-second story pitch you can read to me at the start of the Consult to introduce me to your story.
Our meeting will take place through video chat. You can leave your camera off if you're uncomfortable being on video.
A Story Consultation costs $175 and lasts one hour. I usually have calendar openings within 2-3 weeks, if not sooner. The Consult fee is not refundable.
Got more questions? Fill out the email form below and we'll chat about whether my Story Consultation is a good fit for your needs.
A few important details...
I am primarily a developmental editor and specialize in storysmithing romantic fiction. So if your story doesn't involve a primary romance plot—including an HEA or HFN—I may not be the best fit for you. I also work with Urban Fantasy authors, as long as the series has a strong romance element. We can use your Story Consult to look at a single book or your larger series arc.
I don't review any story documents in advance or provide any line-level editing before, during, or after the meeting. So while I'm happy to advise you on how to improve your prose and story through line- and copyediting techniques, I won't focus on that during our session or give explicit in-line editing suggestions. A Story Consultation is all about the story, character, or series arc.
My passion is teaching and my current focus is on developing transformational at-home courses for romance writers of every experience level (for example). So unless you're already one of my authors, I can't offer editing services beyond a Story (or Career) Consult. But we can schedule as many Q&A-style Consults as you need for your story or series. If you're looking for freelance editing services, grab my free Master Guide: Build Your Editing Dream Team (click).
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Questions? Send me an email.
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