Writing Pursuits Services

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Substantive Editing

Substantive editing concentrates on the big picture of a completed manuscript. Notes are provided to the author, but no changes are made directly to the manuscript.


Line Editing

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.


Copy Editing

A copy edit should come after you make your last revisions following the line edit because new errors are introduced during the revision process. A copy edit focuses on eliminating the “PUGS”—errors in Punctuation, Usage, Grammar, and Spelling.
If we agree that your manuscript is ready for copy editing, you will receive a free sample edit and estimate.

fixed – $149

First Chapter Analysis

Up to 5,000 words

  • Thoughtful read through of your first chapter
  • Completed First Chapter Rubric
  • 60-minute Zoom call to discuss your chapter
  • 30 days of follow-up email communication

fixed – $99

General Fiction Troubleshooting

Up to 5,000 words per session.

  • Thoughtful read through of your chapter, scenes, or synopsis
  • 60-minute Zoom call to discuss your passage
  • Recording of Zoom call for your reference
  • Topics we may discuss include: characterization, genre expectations, world building Three Cs, and more.

fixed – $1,499

Story Diagnostic

Up to 60,000 words. $275 for each additional 10,000 words.

  • Thoughtful read through of entire manuscript
  • Completed Story Rubric (See FAQ below.)
  • 60-minute Zoom call to discuss your manuscript
  • Recording of Zoom call for your reference
  • Unlimited follow-up email communication
  • Free digital download of THREE STORY METHOD by J. Thorn
  • Guaranteed completion in 45 days or less

Services FAQs

First Chapter Rubric cover

Is your first chapter ready? Be confident!

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 to sign an agent and get 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.

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