Diagnostic Editing

So, you’ve finished or almost finished your book.  That’s awesome!  You should be very proud of yourself, so many people don’t finish.  However, you may not be completely happy with the first draft.  Or maybe you have a collection of scenes that you need help organizing. Maybe some parts just aren’t working.  In that case, a Manuscript Diagnostic is probably just what you need.

Four Plans:

  • Story Grid Diagnostic
  • Story Grid Diagnostic with full Spreadsheet
  • Editor Holistic Read
  • Story Scene Session

Story Grid Diagnostic

  1. $650: up to 40,000 words
  2. $850: 40,000 – 60,000 words
  3. $1050: 60,000 – 80,000 words
  4. $1350: 80,000 – 100,000 words
  5. $1550: 100,000 – 120,000 words
  6. $1750: 120,000 – 140,000 words

And all prices include the following:

  • 30 minute video pre-call to discuss your manuscript (recorded)
  • Full manuscript read
  • Six Core Question Analysis/ Foolscap
  • Story Grid spreadsheet of the first Five Scenes of your Manuscript
  • Scene 5 Commandments for first five scenes
  • A Recommendation for the Next Steps you should take with your manuscript
  • A list of Recommended Masterworks in your Genre
  • 2-hour video call (recorded)

Story Grid Diagnostic Intensive

(includes Full Spreadsheet and Scene 5 Commandments for all acts and scenes)

  1. $950: up to 40,000 words
  2. $1150: 40,000 – 60,000 words
  3. $1350: 60,000 – 80,000 words
  4. $1750: 80,000 – 100,000 words
  5. $1950: 100,000 – 120,000 words
  6. $2150: 120,000 – 140,000 words

And all prices include the following:

  • 30 minute video pre-call to discuss your manuscript (recorded)
  • Full manuscript read
  • Six Core Question Analysis/ Foolscap
  • Story Grid spreadsheet of the entire manuscript
  • Scene 5 commandments for entire manuscript
  • A Recommendation for the Next Steps you should take with your manuscript
  • A list of Recommended Masterworks in your Genre
  • 2-hour video call (recorded)

Editor Holistic Read

$700 for 100,000 words + $100 for each additional 20,000 words

  • Full manuscript Read
  • 2-hour call (recorded) to discuss the foolscap/ 6 core questions of the manuscript
  • Next Steps Letter

Story Scene Session

If your story is not yet fully realized, this is the perfect way to have it diagnosed. Come with a synopsis or scene list (even a partial list) and I’ll work through your events and ideas from the beginning to the end, and determine what’s working and what to tackle next.

$350

  • One time 2-hour call, recorded
  • Talk through foolscap/ 6 core questions items/ 15 core scenes of the Beginning Hook, Middle Build, and Ending Payoff

Longer Manuscripts

Contact me and we’ll discuss rates for longer manuscripts or other specific needs.

What’s Next?

If you are interested in one of these Manuscript Diagnostic plans then please complete this submission form.

After I receive your submission, we’ll arrange a time within a week to phone/email. If you can’t decide which one is right for you, we can discuss this in our first free 30 minute call and then arrange for a future call after I review your work.

See My Testimonials

The Story Grid

Story Grid Book

If you want to learn more about writing a story using the Story Grid methodology, go to the Story Grid Webpage to find free videos and articles on how to implement the methodology.

These articles contain information about the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and the Editor’s 6 Core Questions from the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne. They also give details on obligatory scenes and conventions for specific genres, such as the thriller, love story, war story, crime story, and more.

For an example of how these techniques are used, read Jane Austin’s The Pride and the Prejudice with annotations by Shawn Coyne.

Editing Services

If you are interested in hiring me to edit your manuscript or if you need help writing a novel, check out my editing services. Also, see my Testimonials page for comments from previous clients.

Thanks!

Manuscript Editing Services
Manuscript Editing Services
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