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.
You did a fantastic job of editing my novel. LOVE IT! It really reads so much better, and I especially like the way you used more active voicing and improved much of the dialogue and action sequence wording. All without changing my basic style, structure, and patterns, etc. This professionally edited version was a real joy for me to read. I also totally appreciated the way you interacted with me throughout the entire process, from initial manuscript evaluation through manuscript development thru pro-editing thru agent-list prep and pub-package development. You always delivered exactly what you promised on time, and answered all my belabored questions very patiently and thoroughly. It’s been a truly wonderful mentoring/coaching experience for me, just as I think it would be for anyone else attempting a first-time novel, especially one of this length! By the time it was all over, I felt like I’d completed a full-fledged graduate program at a top university in historical novel writing!
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.
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.
Though I am speechless, I manage to find one word to describe your work: PERFECT !!!!!! I’ll forever be grateful. Thank you.
Thank you for your excellent critique, which is far beyond my expectations, on schedule, and very, very much appreciated!!! It will take a while to digest it all, and I know already that I can learn a lot from it!
Thank you so much, Bill. I found a wealth of information in your evaluation, and it was exactly what I needed. Your review was thorough and wide-ranging, covering high-level analysis (such as storyline), mid-level (such as perspective shifts and narration), and even some low-level feedback (down to grammar and writing style). I have to say that I was truly impressed with what you provided, and I cannot say that it lacked for anything.
I’ve read the critique and thank you for the thorough review. This is exactly what I need! I can’t wait to dive in and get to work.
Any success I’ve had in the rewrite is due directly to your plot analysis, coaching, suggestions, and teaching this novice writer. I confess, at first I had a hard time accepting, and then absorbing, your critical comments. I didn’t want to waste all that research and storyline. But gradually as I began to rethink the project and then to employ your suggestions, it all began to make sense and I liked the story a lot more. I especially like the new scenes involving Masterson and his adventures.
You are my third editor, and I cannot help thinking if only I had found you back when. Most important to me, you understand what I am trying to do. Your critique is insightful, and I am grateful for your help.
Thank you again for the work you’ve done. The book is so clean now I’m jealous I couldn’t get it up to that level myself.
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.