The Overall Picture
Have you finished a novel but don’t know what to do with it?
If you aren't part of a writing critique group or can't find any beta readers, it can be hard to get feedback on your novel.
If that's the case, a manuscript critique is what you need.
The first step is to read the manuscript. While reading, I make notes on whatever issues jump out at me. These are points that must be revised for the novel to work.
It can be big-picture issues (head hopping, point of view, character arcs and motivation, believably) .
It can be smaller issues, (ineffective dialogue, confusing language, overwriting).
Next, I use my notes to write you an 8–10 page letter detailing the two or three major issues that could be revised for the story to be successful.
Because it's very difficult to receive a big to-do list and know where to start, I provide a suggested work plan to help guide you through the revisions.
I read a lot and I hope to help authors with the craft of writing. I share good examples of difficult aspects of writing: point of view, narration, world building and more.
Occasionally I give editing tips and share insights from the world of publishing.
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