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  • What genres will you accept? Which genres will you not accept?
    First and foremost, my favorite kind of story is one that celebrates the pursuit of following one's dreams despite the obstacles and challenges of doing so. If your story is one about the power of following your dreams, I am all ears. When it comes to genre, I like to work with authors of contemporary, literary, mystery, speculative (especially magical realism), suspense, and thriller stories. Depending on the content and themes, I may also work with memoirists and self-help writers, so please ask! If your story includes graphic sex or violence of any kind without a clear reason for the inclusion of such graphic scenes (movies like Terrifier or Irreversible come to mind), I will likely reject it as not for me, though I'd be happy to refer you to a coach or editor willing to work with that type of story content. I do not work with erotica or work that is primarily pornographic in nature.
  • Can you guarantee I'll finish my book during the coaching program?
    This is one of the only times I can truthfully say, "it depends." Because ultimately, the writing and revising processes are yours alone. If you choose not to put in the work and miss your word-count or page-count goals while you're in coaching, you will not finish your novel or book. Then you and I will both be sad.
  • What is your turn-around time for manuscript evaluations?
    The turnaround time for a manuscript evaluation of an 80,000-word novel is 2-4 weeks, to give you an idea. If you choose story coaching with your evaluation, add 12-14 weeks (since you'll need to write/revise the manuscript first).
  • How much do you charge?
    I believe in transparency and "it depends" simply doesn't work for me. I refuse to make you do the math and figure it out. Instead, I display my prices on the Story Path page.
  • How do I schedule services?
    Visit my Contact page and send me a message to book a 30-minute call. We'll discuss your story, your goals, and what you hope to achieve through coaching or editing, which lets me know how much time I'll need to reserve for your novel for accurate booking.
  • Do you require a contract?
    Yes, I require a contract for every project to protect both your intellectual property and my business at the time you schedule your services. The contract is included as part of the deposit invoice. When you pay the deposit, you accept the contract. No muss, no fuss. The only exception to this contract requirement is in brainstorm calls you purchase by the hour.
  • Do you require a deposit?
    Yes, I require a non-refundable deposit to secure your time on my calendar, which applies to your total project balance.
  • Do you offer payment plans?
    For Story Coaching with Evaluation and Developmental Editing with Coaching, I structure invoices into payment plans automatically with an option to pay at once. For manuscript evaluations without coaching, I do not offer payment plans.
  • Do you offer rush services?
    Not at this time.
  • How do you take payments?
    I accept payments via Wix for major credit/debit cards. I also accept certain crypto coins (and the invoice will contain specific instructions for using crypto if you choose that method).
  • Can you guarantee my novel/book will be marketable? Or that it will sell?
    Marketability and salability are fickle things that rely on market saturation, publishing and reading trends, and how well you establish yourself as a writer and connect with your readers. As such, I can guarantee neither marketability nor salability of your work.
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