Nine years ago, almost to the day, I launched my creative consulting firm, Bluebird Works. After several successful and rewarding years, I decided to close my doors and focus on writing full-time. Now, I’ve decided to return to freelance editing…with a few caveats.
Call it a limited engagement. Or small-batch editorial services. Or just read on…
Over the next six months, I will be taking on just six clients. Once this period has ended, I’ll reassess and see if I want to extend the run and expand my menu of services.
During this six-month period, my services will be limited to what I’m calling an editorial diagnostic: Based on an intense review of your project, I will provide a thorough report, outlining your story’s specific and general strengths and weaknesses, along with suggestions for improvement. I will also provide a follow-up call or email conversation when necessary.
The starting fees* for this editorial diagnostic are as follows:
picture books: $750
chapter books: $2500
middle grade novels: $3500
*Final quote to be determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to word count and story complexity.
Please submit queries to me ONLY through email, at email@example.com. Queries should include a cover letter (which should include a BRIEF synopsis of your work, your writing and publishing experience, whether you are a member of SCBWI, and the names of any published authors, agents, or editors who might vouch that you’re a committed writer and upstanding human) and an attached Word document containing the full picture book or chapter book manuscript or the first ten pages of your middle grade novel, double spaced and in 12-point Times New Roman. Any queries that do not subscribe to these rules will be discounted.
Please note that I am not considering non-fiction or young adult novels at this time.
I will respond to all queries within 6-8 weeks. I reserve the right to decline what might not be my cup of tea, even if it’s a promising manuscript; if I don’t respond to your work, I’m probably not the right person to help you with it.
If you have any other questions, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m really excited about this, and I’m rarin’ to go. Looking forward to hearing from (and perhaps even working with) you!