No Final Draft Yet

Okay. You’ve got something written down, maybe even hundreds of pages, but the book’s not ready to show off yet. No problem! In fact, that’s probably good; there will be less to fix . . . 🙂

Choose whatever option below you feel you need help with. I do recommend you read all 6 pages, in order. But you know what’s best for you, so choose accordingly.

But before going any further, let’s have a serious talk about expectations:

When it comes to getting paid to publish fiction, dream big but plan for the worst. The good news is there is no secret handshake to getting a publishing deal and no reason at all your debut novel couldn’t be the next Harry Potter. Lots of new authors release debut novels every year, and a few of them do become Next Big Things. But chances are you won’t. That’s not a referendum on your skill, ability, or talent — it’s just how the numbers are.

I don’t say that to discourage you. In fact, I’m telling you this because I know you can do it. I did it. It’s hard work, it’s exhausting on every level, but it happens all the time and there is no reason you can’t be next. Just understand that there are lot — a lot — of things that have to go your way in order to just get a simple publishing deal with a legacy publisher, never mind become the next (Your Favorite Author Here). More good news, though: Much of what has to “go your way” can be learned.

So let’s focus on that part first. Ready?

I need help with:

PLOT

VOICE

DIALOGUE

DESCRIPTION and NARRATIVE

EDITING and REVISION (they are two different things!)

If you want help with everything or nearly everything, and have the time and money to put into it, consider signing up for a one-on-one mentorship. This includes my reading and critiquing your entire novel and talking with you personally and specifically about your goals as a writer. Do not purchase this service if you cannot afford it. I’m dead serious. Visit the Business pages first and understand the vital role smart money management plays in your success as a novelist.

Before purchasing a mentorship, please consider my first-page critique:


If you are confident your novel is ready to pitch to agents, consider a quick query letter critique. I will personally critique your one-page query letter and offer suggestions on how to improve it before you send it out to agents or editors.



If you’re not sure yet that your novel is ready to pitch and are seeking one-on-one, in-depth help, sign up for my mentoring service. Read everything in the pop-up window before placing an order, okay?