Manuscript Evaluation - Developmental Editing Services - The Unread Story - Jo Thompson

This is a per-hour coaching service for stories in development. This is a fantastic service if you only have an outline and some scenes or even just a killer hook! Think of me as your idea collaborator and brainstorm partner—someone who will listen and help you develop and refine your ideas into a story road map to get you on track before you draft. I can also provide coaching and support wherever you may be along your writing journey.

Rate: $60 per hour or $1200 per month

What it includes:

This service is flexible based on your budget and what you’re looking for in a coach. We’ll begin with an exploratory call and come up with a plan that fits your needs. We can work session by session as needed or arrange a monthly coaching plan. The monthly service would include my independent review of your material (scenes, plot outline, etc.) capped at the agreed upon hours per week and a weekly coaching call.

Sample Monthly Coaching Service:

*3-4 hours per week independent review of your material with comments in Track Changes

*Weekly coaching call of 1-2 hours, usually via Google Meet

*Story road map to use as a guide

“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.”

– Stephen King, On Writing
Retellings Fairy Tale - Developmental Edit Package - Developmental Editing Services - The Unread Story

This is a deep dig into your work, usually after you have completed a draft. I will work with you to identify different possible strategies for improving your manuscript that fit your vision for the story and help you implement them, providing a detailed revision plan with professional guidance on structure and content. This service will show you how individual elements of your novel are working for or against the big picture, leaving you with a deeper understanding of your work and a clear path forward.

6 weeks for a manuscript of 100,000 words or less

Rate: $0.03 per word
Example: 60,000 words = $1800

Manuscript word count will be rounded to the nearest 1000 words. I will work with you to arrange a deliverables and payment schedule that works for us both.

What it includes:

*Fully annotated manuscript with detailed, scene-by-scene comments and light line editing using Track Changes

*15-20 page editorial letter focusing on big picture/developmental aspects of your manuscript, including what is working well and developmental issues to consider for revision with possible solutions. I will detail up to 6 areas for revision and provide high-level recommendations and craft resources to reference for further study

*2 hour Google Meet session(s) to discuss the edits proposed

*Final Revision Guide that brings the whole edit together

*Second-round revision check: Once you’ve edited your manuscript, I will review it and respond with my thoughts in a short editorial letter (depends on your timeline)

**While I do offer light line editing as part of a developmental edit, I am not a copy editor. If you’re looking for a language editor to fine-tune your prose, grammar, and punctuation before publishing (which I highly recommend), contact me and I’ll introduce you to a wonderful copy editor.


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