SERVICES

Free Consultation

CONTACT me for a FREE CONSULTATION. Please provide: 

 

  • a brief synopsis (200 words max) or notes about your project.

  • the genre, target audience, and word count.

  • the service you are considering. 

 

We can then set up a phone or Skype session to discuss which service best suits your needs. Custom packages are available.

 

  • MENTORING & STORY CONSULTING ($70 an hour)

  • CONTENT EDITING & EDITORIAL REVIWS (.012 - .016 per word) 

  • LINE & COPY EDITING (.013 -.020 per word)

  • SCREENPLAY EDITING & ADAPTATION (variable)

     

 

Mentoring & Story Consulting

Are you embarking upon a project? Pondering the pros and cons of one story over another? Have a thrilling ghost of an idea? What next? The combinations and approaches are both daunting and exciting. For example, should your grandmother’s letters become a braided non-fiction narrative or a historical novel? A memoir or a blog?  Should that forgotten battle become a book of popular history or a travelogue?

 

 I will help you uncover the approach that best suits your material and your strengths as a writer. Once we get underway I will advise you on, for example, how to:  

 

  • discover your angle of approach and point of view.

  • formulate a premise.

  • plot and outline for maximum tension.

  • develop your unique writing style.

  • create unforgettable characters.

  • develop a powerful theme.

  • create true dramatic conflict.

 

$70 an hour

 

This service includes phone calls, Skypes, emails, and ongoing notes. 

 

Developmental Editing 

Do you have a first or second draft of a manuscript?  Are you worried about clarity? Structure? Character development? Plot threads? Marketability? Worry no more. My content edits include: 

 

1.   Fifteen to twenty  pages of detailed notes on, for example:

  • Plot & structure

  • How to clarify your story premise

  • How to refine your dialogue

  • When to use dramatic scenes versus exposition

  • How to integrate research & avoid anachronisms

  • How to create greater tension

  • Tense, punctuation, grammar, & writing style

  • Character development & character arcs

  • The angle of approach, POV, and perspective

  • Themes & motifs


2.   Notes and highlighting within the manuscript pinpointing, for example, what to develop,  writing strengths, and plot beats.

4.   Two-three hours of phone calls or face-to-face consulting.

 

5.  Actionable suggestions on the issues raised.

 .018 per word

 

Copy & Line Editing

Is the structure and content of your manuscript more or less finalized? Line and copy-editing is a word-by-word process and includes:

 

  • re-writing for clarity, style, syntax & impact.

  • correction of punctuation, grammar, capitalization, hyphenations, etc.

  • cutting back on wordiness & redundancy.

  • adjustment of verb tenses & POV shifts.

  • pointing out of anachronisms.

  • suggestions for word choice. 

  • fact-checking.

  • 1-3 pages of suggestions.

 

$0.014 - $0.020 per word

 

*To determine the price I provide a sample copy-edit. Manuscripts needing a light copy-edit will be priced lower.

 

Screenplay Adaptation & Editing

Do you have a short story, novel, or memoir you would like to turn into a screenplay? Are you struggling with the structure and dialogue of an existing screenplay?

           Contact me to discuss

 

Contact 

claire@luminousedits.org

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