Writing Pursuits Services
Please see the FAQ for information about copyediting and proofreading.
Line editing is the polishing step. The major revisions are complete. This is a time-intensive process, and if your story is not ready, paying for a line edit is a huge waste of money.
If your manuscript is complete, you may submit it for appraisal. If accepted, you will receive a free sample edit and an estimate.
To be traditionally published, you will need a synopsis. Unfortunately, writing a synopsis requires a complete style shift.
Let’s perfect your synopsis and make sure it is ready for agents and editors to see.
I charge a flat fee of $99 for a one-page synopsis.
You know you need an author newsletter, but you are not sure where to begin. I can help!
I have years of experience with newsletters, welcome sequences, and subscriber lists and forms.
Don’t delay this critical part of your book marketing strategy. Free proposal and estimate.
Is your first chapter ready?
What if you had a resource to help you figure out the strengths and weaknesses of your first chapter? An objective, informative rubric to go by?
If your first chapter doesn’t work for the reader, then you probably have lost a customer for life. Or a chance signing an agent and getting published.
Don’t leave things to chance.
This rubric will help you identify the problem areas in your first chapter and figure out how to fix them.
Be ready for queries. Be ready for readers. Get the results you dream about.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Story Rubric is simply a means of evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript including: Genre, Character, Worldbuilding, Wants & Needs, Showing vs. Telling, Passive Voice, Theme, and The Three Cs.
The Story Rubric, created by J. Thorn, is used by all Three Story Method Certified Editors to streamline the editing and revision process for short and long form fiction.
You’re looking for more than a community of writers; you’re looking for a family of writers like The Author Life Community who offer personal and thoughtful conversations about craft, marketing, publishing, productivity, and mindset without all of the online posturing and one-upmanship flooding the online spaces. With the Story Diagnostic service, you will receive a free year of membership in TASM, a $480 value.
Final Chapter Coaching is intended to get you to The End. Revisions are often a grueling process; coaching and accountability can make all the difference. This service includes all the benefits of a Story Diagnostic.
Coaching consists of recorded Zoom calls (usually 3-5 sessions total) in 30-minute increments regarding revised passages of limited size. The number of sessions varies, depending on the length of the manuscript. My notes and the recordings are available after each session.
This process is no substitute for a copyedit or proofreading which you should hire out after your book is complete.
Line edits are available on a case-by-case basis. Many manuscripts are not ready for a line edit; my goal is to save clients from spending money on this service before the foundational work is done. No incomplete manuscripts will be accepted.
Occasionally, I will offer a substantive edit if it seems to be the right solution. More often, I will recommend a Story Diagnostic.
First, tell me your story. Create a summary of your book and include your main characters, the setting, and the major plot points. See if you can accomplish this in less than five pages. Don’t worry about grammar—just give me the facts and don’t leave out the ending!
I will create a one-page draft which we will discuss during a 15-minute Zoom call after you have had a chance to look the draft over. With your input, I will produce a final draft.
We will start with a questionnaire followed by a 30-minute call. Afterward, I will give you a proposal and an estimate. If you agree, I will send you a contract for services.
Email marketing is an extremely personal service that is highly customized and time intensive. My goal is to get you started in such a way that you can continue, on your own, with confidence.
For short projects under 5,000 words, I offer both copyediting and proofreading. I do not offer proofreading for projects longer than 5,000 words.
If you have already had a line edit, I will sometimes agree to copyedit a full manuscript for an hourly fee. I do not offer this service for manuscripts I have line edited. The best thing you can do at this point in the project is get fresh eyes on your work.
Unfortunately, I do not. I have worked successfully with writers from the US, the UK, and Canada.
All work is invoiced through PayPal in US Dollars. PayPal processes many forms of payment. For most projects, half of the estimate is due before work begins.