Story structure. I truly believe that without a strong scaffolding, your house will fall down. Plus, if you know what kind of story you are building, it will be a lot more fun to decorate.
You can come to me when trying to decide between ideas, when developing your idea into a full story, when you’ve hit a roadblock, or when you have the first draft written. I can help at any stage. Often, I’ll often ask for specific materials to aid the process.
No. While I encourage you to read Anatomy of Story (chapters 1- 4 and 8) to be familiar with the basic 7 steps, you do not need prior knowledge. However, I will use this proven method to break down your story. I will also use the Blockbuster program to be sure you are hitting the major plot beats, especially when combining genres. Beyond that, the issues of character and narrative prose – the actual writing – are all based on my personal experience and professional training.
No. You are responsible for every word on the page, whether you choose to use any or all of my suggestions. Your story has meaning because it comes from you, from your perspective and experience. My job is to help you find the strongest way to tell it. Besides, I have my own stories to tell. That’s why I love writing.
Yes. My focus is on the story. I believe fantasy and sci-fi are relevant as commentary on our present culture And sex that is not in service of a good story is simply a service.
The price depends on variables, including the page count of your properly formatted script. That means double–spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt. font, 1” margins, page numbers on the top right. I also request a one page synopsis, character list, the 7 steps (if you follow the Truby structure system), and an event list – one line per event. I will revise as needed. The minimum fee is $3000 for up to 300 pages. I’ve had clients who paid from $500 to $10,000, before coming to me for real solutions.
If you already have a strong story structure, so that we are dealing with line editing, prose issues and continuity, the first option is to submit 20 pages per month for $200. This includes a one page summary and line edits on your hard copy or online with Word track changes. For 50 pages a month, a 30 minute phone follow-up is included in the $500 fee.
For hourly consults, the rate is $185 per hour. Often we can solve story problems and define the story you want to tell over the phone or by Skype in that time. Be prepared! Most clients submit material for me to study first, so that requires additional time for study. For a few hundred minutes I can save you hundreds of hours.
I provide a detailed contract guaranteeing my services with a specific 6 week window. I usually deliver in less.
I accept Paypal, Venmo, and personal checks, paid in advance. For full consults, in case of emergency and I have not begun work, I will refund you in full. If I have begun, I will pro-rate my time.
If you provide three pages – a short synopsis, character list, and your resume/bio, the basic rate is $350. Feel free to take a stab and include it. If you do not have a short synopsis, or if it takes extra research, I have to charge for more time. So far, every query I’ve written has enticed the recipient to request a sample. That’s the goal. This is a sales tool that can serve as the template for more than one agent query and may be used by later by your agent to approach editors, and by your editor to approach sales and promotion personnel.
No. I can, however, tell you where to look. My goal is to help you get your story in shape so that when you do find an agent, they will find your work polished, professional – and compelling.
A solid story works the same no matter what the sex or the issue. I often work with men who are writing historical fiction or fantasy. My own work covers many genres: comedy, drama, detective, mystery, and thriller. I write to have a voice, so gender defines my voice. Since women are more than half of the population, however, I consider my topics to be cultural issues.
I understand the struggle of revision. Since I resolve story challenges in my own work, I can offer you options that I know will work. On the down side, I don’t consult full time. I’m selective about my clients in order to preserve time for my own projects.