The Writing Cycle offers quick turnaround packages to:
• Polish query letters for maximum impact with agents.
• Sculpt your first five pages into an exceptional opening.
• Elevate books and short stories using expert techniques.
Manuscript Critique + Editing Package
In an age when it’s easy to publish quickly, it’s more important than ever to publish well.
The Writing Cycle’s signature manuscript service evolved out of my background teaching in elite creative writing programs. Most services charge separately for line-editing, copy-editing, and in-depth critique. My two-part approach elevates the quality of your book as a whole: not merely its market potential or grammatical correctness. As an editor, my goal is to improve the smallest of details while zeroing in on what your writing ultimately wants to say. As a writer, my pleasure is to enhance the artistry present on the page.
Who can benefit from manuscript editing?
Prices are set at industry-standard rates. A 50% retainer is due prior to the start of all book-length services to reserve time in my calendar. The balance is due upon receipt of your edited manuscript and evaluation letter. Full payment is required up front for stories/excerpts/queries/openings. Please allow one month for completion of book-length projects; shorter projects can usually be turned around quickly.
THE BEST WAY TO DETERMINE IF AN EDITOR IS A FIT? SAMPLE HER SERVICES.
PURCHASE AN EXCERPT CRITIQUE AND I’LL SUBTRACT THE ENTIRE $250 FROM THE COST OF YOUR BOOK-LENGTH PROJECT SHOULD WE MOVE FORWARD.
If not, you’ll come away with a well-focused and polished opening excerpt. What do you have to lose?
“In workshops at the University of Arizona, and afterwards, as Carol has continued to read my work in draft, I have found her perceptions and comments regarding my work to be razor sharp, delivered with great good will and with humor, and cutting to the heart of the matter. Both as a reader and as a writer, Carol is exceptional.“
— Daniyal Mueenuddin, author of National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize Finalist In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
“I have worked with Carol in both group and one-on-one settings. I came to her to critique my novel because she is imaginative, thoughtful, and humane. You can trust your prose to her; she’ll make it better in ways you will understand and enjoy.”
–Sheila Grinell, author of Appetite
“Carol knows how to help writers find and then shape the essential in their work. She understands what makes a good story. Her talent for narrative structure shows in her manuscript critiques and editing, her teaching and her own work, which she approaches with intelligence and humor.”
– Corey Campbell, Author & Creative Writing Program Manager
at Arizona State Univeristy
“Carol’s experience in the field and her use of effective teaching tools provided me the confidence and skills to take my concept/idea and turn it into a legitimate novel. Her instructions, suggestions, concepts and advice are clear and on point, providing the framework to successfully approach my writing project. Carol is an amazing consultant and an incredible talent.”