"John's editing services are terrific. With his help, I was able to eliminate key flaws in my manuscript. I went from being unagented to getting published by one of the majors."

     ~ Andrew S. Chilton, author of     The Goblin's Puzzle (Knopf Books)


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Are you ready to submit your finished middle-grade or young adult novel? Or are you frustrated with rejections from agents and editors? Or maybe you’re stuck in the dreaded story middle and need help figuring out the end?

Wherever you are with your story, I can help.

I’ve worked with many writers (several who are now published!) developing stronger openings, deepening the characters and conflict, illuminating your story’s awesome-sauce as well as what sticky issues are holding things back from appealing to publishers. I love helping writers problem solve and coming up with new ideas for where your story needs to go. 

Consultation packages:

1.       Story Structure — After reviewing your story synopsis (approximately 500 words), we’ll discuss the larger story structure and how the plot and character arcs can be improved. $200 includes a phone/Skype consultation.

2.       Full or Partial Manuscript Critique — Send me your complete or partial story, and I’ll provide specific guidance on what’s working and what needs to be improved. The minimum reading fee is $150. I’ll provide you with an upfront quote on the price based on word count. The service includes manuscript notes and a phone/Skype consultation.

3.       Query Consultation — Submitting a story for publication can be daunting! I can help you develop a catchy and professional query letter and give guidance about submitting to literary agents, including agent recommendations. $200 includes a phone/Skype consultation.