Author Coaching

Craft-focused primers and in-depth guidance and coaching on writing craft, based on your work-in-progress or completed manuscript

The Editorial Department’s author coaching services help writers of all experience levels hone storytelling craft and improve writing skills. Our editors and writing teachers provide hands-on, highly personalized feedback to help you identify what you’re already doing well and what you need to work on to improve as a writer. We use your manuscript as the basis for in-depth lessons on any techniques and principles to strengthen your writing and maximize your story’s appeal and interest.

Topics vary based on where you need the most help, but may include the following:

  • Plot and subplot
  • Structure and organization
  • Characterization
  • Dialogue
  • Scenes and scenecraft
  • Managing exposition and backstory
  • Self-editing techniques
  • Showing and telling
  • Narrative summary
  • Genre-specific conventions
  • How to write compelling description
  • Pacing
  • Finding your voice

Sample line edit of 50 manuscript pages with copious, craft-focused notes.

$.06 per word and up

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A crash course in the best practices of narrative style and writing mechanics, based on your work-in-progress or completed manuscript.

$775

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In-depth lessons on specific topics of writing craft, based on your work-in-progress or completed manuscript.

$750 and up

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An intensive course in advanced fiction-writing techniques, based on your work-in-progress or completed manuscript.

$2,200

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“I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.”

George R.R. Martin