Manuscript Development Review
This service is $80 per hour with a four-hour minimum:
The time I spend reading depends on the manuscript. From my own experience of working with Developmental Editors, clients can expect that this will take me about 10 hours. It is common for a Developmental Manuscript Review to cost anywhere from $800 to $1400. I’ve spent this much money three times in the early stages of my career.
For authors on a budget I will cap my read of your manuscript at four hours and provide:
Reader Feedback Coaching
This service is a good fit for first-time authors who have not had wide reader feedback. Authors will benefit from others reading and reacting constructively to their work.
For this service, I do not read the manuscript. I coach authors on the Reader Feedback and Revision process. Authors will learn much from reader observations from which next steps with the manuscript will be clear.
I provide this service on a monthly basis at $225:
Book Doctoring a/k/a The Manuscript Mentor Service
To keep the costs in check and the work productive, I contract in four hour blocks with specific goals for each block. Cost is $80/hour so each four-hour contract is $320.
I do not line edit. That is technical, not developmental editing. That said, if I come across any technical aspects of the writing that impede reader access to the story’s heart then I will comment.
After taking your advice and revising this piece, I am so much happier with the results. A thousand thanks and more.
— Jan Mann author of Cruising Connecticut with a Picnic Basket(3rd edition 2012) and How I Won the West (December 2014)
Thank you so much for reading a chapter of my book and giving me, first, your thoughts of what was not working and why – to my mind the most helpful advice – and then later, where I could make cuts to tighten up and sharpen the focus.
I was especially blown away by all the thought and detail you put into your comments.
Let’s get started!
Cost: $80/hr (4 hour minimum)