Manuscript notes for writers
PROPOSAL PACKAGE ASSESSMENT FOR AUTHORS
This service is for authors who feel they're ready to submit a proposal package to an agent or publisher, and would like a fresh, professional pair of eyes to help them explore ways in which it can be polished and improved until it's super-shiny and bulletproof.
Let me be your final line of defence before agents and publishers get to read your package.
I will read the first three chapters of your novel (of course, if your chapters are very short, we can discuss that and I will of course read more), your 1-2 page synopsis and your cover letter, then get back to you within 3-4 weeks with the following:
-- My overall thoughts on how ready the package currently feels to go to an agent/publisher.
-- My thoughts on the great and good stuff! That's always good to hear, but of course we writers mainly want to know how to make our work better, right? :)
-- My thoughts, with as much detail as humanly possible, on areas with room for improvement in terms of the chapters, whether this be characterisation, prose, point of view, plot, dialogue... I will often phrase my notes in the form of questions, for two reasons. Number one, questions can feel way less bruising. Number Two, I don't want to be overly prescriptive and try to tell you exactly how to improve your own work. Having said that, there may be times when I make the odd suggestion, which you are course absolutely free to ignore!
-- Thoughts on ways to strengthen the synopsis and cover letter, to make them as bulletproof as possible.
-- If, after reading my thoughts, you feel you need any clarification at all, or simply have further questions, we can email to and fro a few times, or cover everything in a half-hour Skype call.
The above service is priced at £220 (inc VAT), to be paid in advance. This fee is lower than the current industry average, and will rise before the end of 2019.
Drop me a line to express interest here, with the subject line 'Proposal Package Assessment'. Also drop me a line if you'd like to enquire about any other notes you would like me to provide and let's see what we can work out.
Please bear in mind that there may be a delay before (a) I can reply and (b) I can confirm the booking. Both of these things depend on my schedule at the time. I look forward to reading your work!