Work directly with an editor who will encourage you, answer your questions, share ideas, and solve problems. An editorial consultation will help you close the gap between your ideas and your writing.
The Benefits of an Editorial Consultation
We understand what you want to accomplish with your writing, and we’re here to help you. An editorial consultation gives you the chance to discuss anything with an editor specializing in your genre.
Here are a few examples of things that can be discussed in a consultation:
Character development: Flesh out characters to give them more depth and dimension. Make them more tangible and believable.
Genre rules and expectations: Genre can be tricky and very subjective, so you need to tread carefully and satisfy expectations.
Scenes: Understand the impact of your scenes and their responsibility to the plot. Does each scene carry its weight in the story?
Point of view: First person? Third person? How about the second person? Write in a POV that works best for your story.
Inciting incidents: Start your story off on a strong note and set your plot in motion.
Dialogue: Gain a deep understanding of dialogue and learn how to make it more convincing.
Plot holes: Don’t let dropped plot lines, illogical events, or unexplained changes leave your readers scratching their heads.
Legal and copyright issues: Thinking of quoting a song, a poem, or lines from a TV show? Make sure any outside material you include is legal.
Some of us write in chunks that are pieced together later. Some of us start at the end and work backwards. And others have a solid idea, but don’t know where to start. We all work in different ways using different methods. An editorial consultation gives you complete flexibility and slots in with your style of working.
The editorial consultation process
Step 1: Order your editorial consultation by clicking the button below.
Step 2: Fill out the short form and pay for an hour’s consultation by PayPal or credit card.
Step 3: An editor most suited to your genre will be in touch to schedule the consultation. You’ll have the option to speak on the phone, over email, or Skype.
Step 4: Tell your editor what you’d like to talk about and send him/her any material (e.g., your manuscript, notes, outlines) so he/she can prepare.
Step 5: If you’d like your editor to read some/all of your manuscript, a nominal reading fee is charged.
Step 6: During your consultation, your editor will track the time. Time is tracked in 15-minute increments.
Step 7: If you run over an hour, you will be invoiced for the extra time. If you are under an hour, you will be refunded the difference.
Step 8: Your editor will send you follow-up notes so you have a reminder of what was discussed.