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.
Bill, this is exactly the type of astute feedback I was seeking. Very insightful and with every problem, you’ve provided several very excellent solutions. I love having someone who’s feedback I can trust and doesn’t just tell me what I want to hear.
I was overwhelmed by the thoroughness of your critique. I had no idea what to expect. It was much more than I thought it would be. I was so excited to get started on the rewrite. The help and guidance you offered during the rewrite was invaluable. I can’t think of anything else you could have done to help in the final editing and proofing process. Maybe the best I can say is that you were a joy to work with. I look forward to you taking a look at my next manuscript.
I appreciate such a great analysis. It’s like I am taking a creative writing class.
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.
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.
Thank you very much for these insights. As I mentioned on the phone, I was particularly impressed by the way you spotted each point in succession that I would have put in a list to ask you about – but of course didn’t in order to give you an unfettered approach to the story. The fact that in our discussion you touched on each question I had before I asked the question made this exercise even more helpful than I thought I should be able to expect. Now with this helpful and insightful list of how I can improve the manuscript, I have a path to follow on my next draft.
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!
I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your work. I’m going through this and see that once again, your work is exactly what I had been looking for the day I searched for a professional copy editor. It brings me a lot of satisfaction to see my manuscript getting pounded into proper condition because of your expertise.
Thank you so much for your honesty and ideas. I agree with everything you mentioned in your critique. God bless, Bill. I am so glad I found you in the vast sea of options. If I have any questions or need further insight, I will email. Merry Christmas, Bill. You have certainly given me the best present I could get this year!
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.