The Fiction Doctor Cindy Davis
- Proofing is for manuscripts that are ready for publication. It's for when you want that final set of eyes to double check your work.
- I will read every word of your manuscript and fix only spelling, typos, punctuation, and formatting.
- Cost $1.50/page (standard manuscript format of 250-300 words/page)
- will outline your story’s strengths and weaknesses
- point out problems with plot, theme, syntax, grammar
- give ideas for deepening characters
- suggest new subplots
- provide thoughts on making dialogue more natural
- Cost: $1.50 per page (standard manuscript format of 250-300 words/page)
Manuscript development: You’ve written the beginning of your story, you might even know the ending, but just can’t seem to work through the middle. I will read your synopsis and:
- help you develop your plot, characters and theme so you can finish your story.
- make suggestions for possible new scenes
- I make no structural comments or changes on what you provide. This service is only to help finish what you’ve already done.
- Cost: $250 (Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced)
- I will take your completed manuscript and put it into shape for submission to editors and publishers, with headers and footers, chapter breaks, correct fonts and paragraph indents.
- I will return to you as a Word document that you may forward or print.
- Cost: $0.25/page.
Editing: This service combines manuscript assessment with editing that includes:
You are free to rework. Cost for editing is determined on a case by case basis. When you contact me, I will ask your wishes for the manuscript. What do you see for its future? Do you envision it on the shelves at Borders or on a corner of your family’s coffee table? Will you seek out publication by the ‘big guys’ or will you self-publish? This information will help us shape your final manuscript. I will ask for a synopsis of your story (a roughly put together one is fine) and the first three chapters.
- story structure--scene sequel development, showing vs. telling, point of view, pacing, establishing voice, and presenting exposition.
- plot development--narrative vs. dialogue, adding subplots, finding your theme.
- character development--internal monologue, creating and exhibiting emotion, writing realistic dialogue.
- fine tuning--eliminating overwriting, adding detail, sensory images, writing compelling openings, punctuation and spelling
- formatting to standard industry requirements
- assistance with synopsis and query letter, if desired
- two full reads of the manuscript. I use both Word Tracking and Comments features. There is no limit to our association during this phase. You may contact me every day if you wish
- Please email for an estimate on your project.
Last Updated: 24 May 2018
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