How to save time and money with a manuscript consult

Have you ever written most of the first draft of your novel, only to realize there are major problems in your plot and character arcs that will require massive rewrites?

I have. It’s so incredibly frustrating.

You have to throw out whole scenes, chapters, even the majority of your manuscript because you were so in love with your story that you overlooked its critical flaws. Or perhaps you’ve written several drafts of your manuscript and submitted it to a publisher or editor, only to receive back comments identifying problems you’d never even considered.

There’s nothing wrong with loving your story. After all, if you weren’t passionate about it, you wouldn’t be a writer! But every author I’ve known is blind, to a degree, to certain problems in their manuscript.

There’s nothing wrong with loving your story. After all, if you weren’t passionate about it, you wouldn’t be a writer! But every author I’ve known is blind, to a degree, to certain problems in their manuscript. 

Maybe you’re on the other side of the coin. You can only see the problems in your story, and feel stuck. You have a wonderful vision of the story in your head, but you can’t seem to make it come to life and you don’t know what to do next.

You can only see the problems in your story, and feel stuck. You have a wonderful vision of the story in your head, but you can’t seem to make it come to life and you don’t know what to do next. 

I understand. I’ve been there.

For most creatives, time and money is always in short supply. No one wants to spend hours writing a novel, only to throw out huge sections over easily preventable problems. Nobody wants to spend a couple thousand dollars on a content edit, only to discover major plot holes that will require countless hours in rewrites and the expense of additional edits.

For most creatives, time and money is always in short supply. No one wants to spend hours writing a novel, only to throw out huge sections over easily preventable problems.

So how can you identify these problems early-on?

Manuscript consults are truly an author’s best friend. Manuscript consults give you professional feedback on your novel structure and character arcs for a much lower price tag than a manuscript critique or content edit.

Whether you are in the midst of writing your novel or revising it for publication, a manuscript consult can identify and allow you to correct problems early in the writing process and ensure you’re working from a solid foundation.

A manuscript consult can identify and allow you to correct problems early in the writing process and ensure you’re working from a solid foundation. 

What is a manuscript consult?

It’s pretty simple. In my consults, I send the author a novel outline guide to fill out a few days ahead of time. This includes major plot points as well as a summary of the book’s main character arcs and themes. I also include a free sample edit with my consults for first-time clients!

During the actual consult via phone or Skype, I give the author a chance to ask questions and go through the outline. I make suggestions on how to improve their manuscript and solve any plot or character issues, as well as encourage them on the strengths of their story.

“With clever, concise questions, Karis digs down to the roots of storytelling craft and gives you a blueprint for growth. If you want your book to reach its full potential, I can’t recommend Karis highly enough!” Jacqueline Patterson, author

At the end of the consult, I give the author a chance to ask any questions related to writing craft and the editing process. I also discuss my editing services and recommend how best to proceed depending the author’s writing and publishing journey.

Some authors find that the consult reveals major problems in their story and opt for several writing coaching sessions with me as they work on their manuscript. Others discover they are ready to move to the next stage of the process, and we begin conversations about content edits and the next steps forward.

However, no matter where an author might be on their writing journey, a manuscript consult can be an invaluable way to save time and money in the long run, and ensure you’re writing from a solid foundation.

Ready to take the next step toward your dream? Book your manuscript consult today!

 

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