An editorial letter is deep dive into your memoir or nonfiction story. This holistic edit delves into strengths and weaknesses and demonstrates how to turn weaknesses into strengths. An editorial letter is a good choice if you have a completed manuscript that you've taken as far as you can on your own. If you're still working on your story and improving it, carry on! An editorial letter is also a good choice if you sense that the manuscript is just not working the way it's structured. Comments in the margins would not serve you well at this stage, because entire passages might be need to be added or removed. The letter will provide you with the insight and guidance you need to revise your story.
An editorial letter addresses crucial questions:
What do you get?
A comprehensive editorial letter. My letters are quite thorough, ranging from 14 to 18 pages (3,500 to 4,500 words). An editorial letter provides you with my analyses and comments in one place, organized by headings. You won’t have to hunt through emails or comments in the margins. You can read the letter at leisure and refer back to suggestions about each element of narrative as you revise.
Support. I'll send you an author questionnaire to learn more about you and your goals for the book. Then we'll talk on the phone (or by videoconferencing) to make sure a comprehensive structural edit is the right choice for you. To benefit from this service, you must be able and willing to revise your story, using the suggestions and examples for guidance. If you prefer more hands-on help, an editorial letter plus comments in the margins, or a line edit, might be a better fit.
Follow-up phone calls and emails, up to 2 hours in total, are included. We can negotiate more time if you need it.
What does it cost?
I charge $1,500 for manuscripts up to $70,000 words. Every 10,000 words beyond that costs an additional $200.