Helping people bring their stories to life is one of my greatest joys. Which sounds like marketing BS, but I swear it’s true.
There are three kinds of critique-ready writers I want to work with:
1. You have a great idea for a novel, memoir, short story, article, essay, or self-help resource. But you have no idea how to write it.
2. You did the thing! But you’re not sure whether it “works” or is “good” or might “make someone’s eyes melt.”
3. You know you wrote a winner. But you want it to be as close to perfect as possible before sharing it with the world.
Do any of these sound like you? If so, read on!
WHAT THIS IS
It’s creativity, vulnerability, connection, persistence, commitment, and trust.
It’s you and me, working together to turn your idea into the best possible version of itself, no matter what stage you’re at in the process.
And, let’s be honest, it’s also a lot of red text, pointed questions, and possibly a couple phone calls as we hammer out structure, clarity, content, and all that important stuff.
WHAT THIS IS NOT
Me doing it for you.
But this is your baby. It’s my job to guide, equip, and encourage you; it’s your job to receive, learn, and write.
WHAT TO EXPECT
BEFORE: Once you fill out the form below, I’ll send you a few questions via email to tease out the important details (including, but not limited to: target audience, intended message, desired turnaround time). There might also be a phone call if the project is large or complicated or you’re still brainstorming. This part is all free with no commitment required.
If we’re a good fit to work together, I’ll send you an agreement that outlines all the specifics: my responsibilities, your responsibilities, the expected timetable with milestones, and a price estimate. Once you review and agree to the terms, we’ll both digitally sign and away we go!
DURING: This will look different for everyone because each project has unique needs. For example, we’ll spend most of our time in direct communication if you’re in the brainstorming phase, but you likely won’t hear from me until the work’s done if you’re in the perfecting phase.
Generally speaking, I’ll start with a deep read of your work, then do a second pass using Track Changes and comments in Microsoft Word to make suggestions. I’ll send you updates if it’s a long project and touch base with you via email or phone for anything that needs clarification, explanation, etc.
AFTER: When the project is finished, you’ll get your document(s) sent to you in Word and PDF format. I’ll send your final invoice, you’ll confirm you’re happy with the work, then we’ll settle up and say our fond farewells.
IMPORTANT: You own and retain the rights to all material in your project, including anything I’ve suggested or changed, unless otherwise laid out in the terms of our agreement.
Consulting work is billed at $40 USD per hour, with partial hours rounded to the next 15-minute mark.
This covers the time and work that goes into reading, analyzing, commenting, synthesizing, and developing, as well as additional services like emails, phone calls, research, and any other as-needed tasks. All work is tracked in a timesheet that will be made available to you.
Your project will have its own price based on wordcount, level of involvement, scope, and deadline. You’ll get an estimate in the agreement we’ll sign before work starts. Half is due up front; the other half once work is completed.
And yes, payment plans are a thing.
Because these projects are so wonderfully engaging, these consultation slots are limited. If I’m full up, please inquire anyway so I can add you to the wait list!
Current slots available: 3
Please fill out the form below with your info, and I’ll get back to you ASAP with follow-up questions so I can get to know you (and your project) better.