manuscript services

From Consultation to Collaboration // Some projects benefit most from long term sustained feedback and partnership, and for those projects we offer the Manuscript Services one-on-one package. It starts with a phone call, where you explain what you’re working on, where you are so far in the process (it’s okay if the answer is: The beginning!) and where you’d like to go next.

Our instructors are experienced with taking writing projects from the initial idea to a finished, publishable manuscript, and we’re happy do the same with yours, no matter the genre. That means working with you on the development phase of your idea, in person or remotely, and staying in touch throughout the drafting process as frequently or infrequently as you’d like. And if you’re already near the end of your manuscript’s life-cycle and just need the finishing touches of proofreading, grammar/punctuation and mechanics, look no further. Or is it farther? (Just kidding, we know the difference.) If you find that you need help getting words on the page, we have ghostwriting services available as well.

Whatever what your project needs, we’re ready to jump in and help take it as far as it can go.  No matter how much further—or farther—that is.

For shorter projects, we recommend choosing from the hourly scheduler to the right. For longer projects, pick one of our word count-based options or email us to set up a discussion about your goals and needs.

I’m loving [Alex’s] suggestions and am working on implementing them. [He] explained everything well.
— Charity B., Science-Fiction novel manuscript, Fall 2017

Note: Please fill out a Manuscript Services Request Form in addition to any payments you submit. This is where you can tell us more about your availability and specific interests, and help us schedule the right consultation for you.

Note: There is a $25 service charge for all refunds.

 

by the hour

Manuscript Consultation •

Fly-by Reading

Manuscript Services can be scheduled on an hourly basis, with one hour as our default, though we're happy to accommodate other session lengths to fit your schedule. Choose this option if your project is a better fit for an hourly rate.

Alternately, if you’d prefer an overall manuscript reading in order to discuss the entire project in breadth—but without page-by-page mark-up—then choose this option.

 
Number of Sessions / Hours Reading:
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by the word

Manuscript Copyediting

Choose this option if all your manuscript needs is a thorough polish; we look for (and fix) problems in grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, formatting, pagination, and more.

 
Package / Word Count (approx.):
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Manuscript Content Editing

Choose this option if you'd prefer a deeper dive into you manuscript. We'll read for characterization, world-building, language / style, structure, pacing, plotting, point of view, and theme. (Note: One hour consultation session is included.)

 
Package / Word Count (approx.):
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