So you’ve written the first draft of your novel.
You’ve put it away for 3 months, 6 months, a year. You hope that once you look at it again, you’ll find that it has reorganized itself while you weren’t watching, requiring only the merest copyedit before you send it out into the world to siren agents and editors and film options your way.
But when you begin reading it again … hmm, it is somehow a bit less finished than that.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll find pockets of pure gold, scenes and lines and characters more magnetic than you remembered—and you’ll also find a lot of … other stuff.
It’s hard to know where to start, easy to get both excited and frustrated. Workshops or trusted readers might help you get a sense of what you want to change, but they won’t help you break that information down into an actionable plan.
That is, unless your trusted reader is me.
As your novel revision guide, I’ll read your most recent draft and provide substantial written feedback on the current state of the plot, characters, and structural elements. In an hourlong call (via phone or Zoom, as you prefer), we’ll talk through your current struggles and develop a revision plan geared to your strengths and tailored to your schedule.
And, I’d like to add, I’m not your average teacher bunny. My methods include decidedly more somatic practices, meditations, play, rituals, bibliomancy, and card-reading. To me, writing a book is a spiritual experience, and revising one is no different. My approach to the writing discipline is a marriage of the practical and the mystical. Don’t be surprised if my suggestions contain some slightly unusual practices.
If you’d like help along the way, you can also sign up for a package of 3 calls, which includes the initial consultation outlined above, plus two follow-up calls to help you see the process through or make adjustments to the revision plan as needed.
Not sure? I get it. Asking someone to read an early draft of a novel is pretty fucking vulnerable, and it requires a great degree of trust. I encourage you to get a little more familiar with my work, either by checking out one of my books, taking a look at my novel incubator class Here Be Monsters, or signing up for my email list.
I’m also happy to offer FREE 15-minute consultation calls for anyone who’s considering working with me. That way you can get a better sense of my style, and I can get a better sense of where you’re at and what your goals are.
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