You have a solid concept for your book, and you’ve written a rough draft.
But it isn’t living up to your expectations. The characters are sketchy, the plot wanders, and the central conflict droops in the middle.
Your book needs more than an edit. What it needs is a major rewrite.
Over the many years of my writing career, I’ve rewritten mainstream novels, suspense thrillers, historical novels, mystery novels, science fiction, horror, and other genres as well as autobiographies, memoirs, exposés, and other nonfiction books.
I won’t take on a rewrite project unless I feel that I can bring the manuscript up to the high threshold of traditional commercial publishing while remaining true to the author’s vision of the story. If it’s clear that the author’s vision runs counter to his or her publishing goals, then I’ll have to respectfully decline.
If you feel that your book is a good rewrite candidate, and if the rewrite fee (see below) won’t leave you panhandling on the street, give me a call and let’s talk.
The Rewrite Process
If I rewrite your book, my first step will be to develop my ideas about the major changes that will have to be made to bring it up to publishable standards. That will become the rewrite plan. The goal at this point will be to make sure you understand and concur with the major revisions I’ll be making to the story.
Once we’re in agreement on the rewrite plan, I’ll get to work. Each week or so I’ll send you a draft so you can see how it’s coming along. When I’m done, you’ll have a new manuscript in electronic form ready to send to literary agents and publishers.
I’ll also prepare a book proposal (a one-page query letter, a synopsis of two to four pages, an author’s bio, and a chapter-by-chapter outline), and I’ll compile a list of literary agents who will be right for your book. I’ll guide you through the process of querying literary agents and publishers, and I’ll be available by phone or email whenever you need further help during the publishing process.
Of course, I guarantee confidentiality. You will be listed as the sole author of the book. My name will not appear on the publishing contract or the book cover. All copyright and financial rights to the book will be yours.
The fee for a major rewrite.
The fee for a major rewrite can range from $15,000 to $90,000, depending on the nature and length of the story. I require 25 percent of the fee when we both sign the Confidentiality and Service Agreement, and the balance will be due over the three to six months required for the rewrite.
I just wanted to thank you again for the terrific job you did on my evaluation. I went over the manuscript with a much finer eye (yours, actually) and made the appropriate edits. They have made a good manuscript great, and I have you to thank for it. Thank you so much for giving me that push to take it to another level. I really appreciate it.
Thank you so much for all of your work on this project. I can tell you spent a lot of time with my novel, and I greatly appreciate it. Your comments were thoughtful and detailed. They will give me a solid foundation to start from with this next rewrite. I will most certainly take you up on the offer to send it back for an additional review once I have finished reworking the character and plot issues.
Just got back from Jacksonville yesterday and had a chance to read everything. WOW! You did a great job of taking the rough edges off the manuscript and smoothing it out. Thank you so much. It is a much better read now. I started making notes of the places you clarified/rearranged wording, but there were so many I finally gave up. Be assured, though, I studied them carefully and learned from each one.
Thank you for your thorough evaluation! And thank you for the encouragement! Every one of your suggestions on improving my novel rings true. I’d never be able to see all these myself. I’m too close to the writing, plus I don’t have the skill set that you do of knowing exactly what’s called for in a contemporary suspense story. I’ll go back and fix the mechanical problems you’ve detailed. I’ll also clean up the portions with unclear viewpoints. And I’ll further develop Mike’s history and motivation. It’s Ted’s character that’s going to take a truckload of work. After reading your observations, I now see that I need to change him from a carefree house cat into a spirited tiger.
Wow, this is the most amazingly helpful evaluation (or input of any kind) I’ve ever had as a writer. I can’t quite express how thankful I am to have found your help. Your thoughts are so insightful. Every point you make has the clearest ring of truth. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a wonderful evaluation. It will challenge me to be a better writer. As you pointed out, I need more dialog and action in my story so it doesn’t slow things down. I needed guidance in how to put these things into context. You did that for me. I do respect good criticism and learn from it. I intend to use your suggestions and comments as I do a restructure of this novel. There are so many things you wrote to help my book and me. I assure you that I am grateful for each one.
Thank you for the honest evaluation of The Trout River Project. In fact, you provided more than I expected. I am encouraged to use your comments as a guideline for rewriting Trout River.
Thank you for your spot-on critique. The overall manuscript improvements that came from it were astounding.
I appreciate such a great analysis. It’s like I am taking a creative writing class.
Wow! Thank you so much for your great evaluation. It was really strange to have someone communicate in such a precise manner. I cannot argue with anything you said in terms of making the story work for the largest audience possible. It was worth every penny!
Manuscript Critique………………………………………$22 per thousand words
My critique will show you how to turn your manuscript into a book with solid commercial value.
Manuscript Editing………………………………………..$40 - $50 per thousand words
I’ll correct the mechanical errors (spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.) and I’ll polish the prose to improve clarity and narrative flow.
Book Proposal……………………………………………....$950 and up
I’ll help you avoid the mistakes that can make the difference between sale and rejection.