your level of expertise, on-site mentors help you develop your manuscript or
screenplay to its full potential. Their editing services are intended for serious-minded writers committed
to improving and completing their novel/screenplay for submission." There are two books: the one you think you are writing, and the one you are
writing. These two meet when the editing process is a good one."
If your goal is to create and write for
others, you need to understand that once the initial creative act of
writing is complete, you need to ask someone for help. You need an
You've tried many different editors? Trust is essential. It may takes a while to find the right fit,
because the relationship between a writer and an editor is as
important as the relationship between a writer and his words. As a
resident, you'll have a chance to meet them in person and to decide if there is a match, a bond.
"Editors must resist the desire to insert
their own idea of how and where the story goes. They must resist the
temptation to offer their own words as a solution when something is
weak; instead, they should alert the writer to this weakness, so that
if the writer agrees, she may solve the problem in her own words and
-Charlotte Zolotow, author and editor
Editing services are offered
primarily to residents staying at a retreat.
Please inquire directly to the on-site mentor/editor. You may also contact our virtual editor, Cindy Barrilleaux at Cindy@writeyourbest.com or visit her Web site at www.WriteYourBest.com
Manuscript/screenplay critiques and editing
Final edit to bring manuscript/screenplay
up to publication and production standards
What can you expect from
our critique? We evaluate the concepts, and through examples, we
show you how to revise your manuscript on your own.
The critique deals
with specifics: areas of weakness, inconsistencies, and character
development problems. Accuracy, clarity, completeness, narration and
point of view, voice, setting, overall structure and impact of the
work on the reader are assessed. When necessary, alternate themes,
organization, dialogue, sub-plots, descriptive passages, or tie-ins
are suggested. It includes an opinion regarding marketability.
coach is there to encourage and support you throughout your project.
You will get the guidance you need to reinforce the structure of
your manuscript, to evaluate the overall plot (premise of the book),
POV, etc., and finally to bring your manuscript or screenplay to
life, into shape and ready for submission.
Fees are based on your
project and needs. Much depends upon the level of your work. We provide an estimate; once an estimate is given, we can negotiate
the terms of a contract. This will involve discussion about the scope of the
project, an estimated time frame for the project’s start date and completion.
Everything is given to you upfront and changes are made per mutual agreement.
All manuscripts must
be double-spaced (screenplay in proper format) and include SASE by regular
mail with a CD-Rom (Word or screenplay format) with a footer on each page
indicating the most recent version date. Unsolicited manuscripts or
screenplays sent by e-mail will not be accepted.
Because we are not
directly affiliated with any agent or publisher, we do not guarantee
publication, but we provide an honest assessment of your manuscript
that will increase your odds of being published. Some of our editors
may prepare, by arrangement, book proposal consisting of
a query letter and synopsis.
the best writers make mistakes. But readers don’t see them because
professional writers always have their manuscripts copyedited prior to
publication. By using our copyediting service, you can spend your time
focusing on your writing with the confidence that we will put the
finishing touches on your manuscript, giving it the professional
finish you and your readers demand. Click
here to contact our copyeditor.