Story Consultation & Editing Service

Are you stuck and need help on an existing story? Or just need someone to edit a piece before submitting it to a publisher? Look no further. I am here to offer my services as a story consultant.

What you can expect from my consultation…

I offer three different levels Plot Editing, Line Editing, and Story Progression Editing. You specify which service you need. Also, feel free include a list of questions that you need answered about the story, or specific thing you want me to check.

Plot Editing (recommend for stories in 1st or 2nd draft stage)

  • detail information on plot (what works, what doesn’t work)
  • ideas for enhancing plot
  • information on characters (ways to improve, if needed)
  • balance of exposition and dialogue
  • scene placement
  • where to step up or slow down pace
  • where to add more conflict if needed
  • look for anything that doesn’t fit, or work within story
  • light grammar, spelling, and punctuation (edit only things that stand out as I’m reading)
  • client will receive a detailed report on everything from plot, character, setting, point of view, and overall balance of the story as a whole

Line Editing (recommend for stories in final draft stage)

  • grammar
  • punctuation
  • spelling
  • repeating words
  • continuity
  • fact checking
  • word choices
  • clarity
  • sentence construction
  • tone
  • style
  • client will receive a story ready to send to the publisher after suggested corrections are made

Story Progression Editing (recommend for stories 2nd draft or higher) Costs an additional $3.00 per thousand words ($9.00 per thousand words) This edit is a combination of Plot Editing and Line Editing, but it’s more than that as I work with you through each edit to make sure the story reaches its end product. I start by doing a Plot Edit and send it to you. Once corrections are made, you send it back to me for the Line Edit. But if it takes more than two edits to get a finished piece, I will continue to work with you until it’s done.

  • This is both Plot and Line Editing combined. Done in as many edits as necessary.
  • Client will receive a detailed report on everything from plot, character, setting, point of view, and overall balance of the story as a whole with first edit
  • Client will receive a story ready to send to a publisher by the final edit, after suggested corrections are made

Note: At this time, I am only working with U.S. writers.

Regular Pricing

Plot Edit $6.00 per thousand words (rounded up to nearest 1,000 count)

Line Edit $6.00 per thousand words (rounded up to nearest 1,000 count)

Story Progression $9.00 per thousand words (rounded up to nearest 1,000 count)

Referral Program…

I am offering 3,000 words of free consultation for anyone who refers a writer to me for consultation AND the person being referred. So that’s 3,000 for you and 3,000 for your referred friend. And there is no limit to how many people that can be referred. If you have three referrals, then that’s 9,000 free words for you!

Anyone can refer. You don’t have to be an old or current client. It can be your first time! If it is the first time, I will look at 3,000 words for free (up front for new clients to give a preview of what I can do) and then you can decide who and how many you want to refer. If you send more than one my way, then that’s more free words I can do for you.

Are you NEW trying out my services and want to be apart of my referral program?

  1. Fill out the contact form at the end of this page.
  2. In the comment box give me your project information and say you’d like to try out my referral program.
  3. After that, I will contact you with any questions about the project and ask for the project digital file with your 3,000 words.
  4. You’ll get your critiqued file back and then you can decide who and how many you’d like to refer.
  5. Have the friends you want to refer come to this page and fill out the form below and fill out the form there. In the comment box, have them put your name as the referred person along with information about their project.
  6. Soon as I get the form(s), I will send you an email letting you know to send me more words for another free critique.

Are you an old or current client and want to be apart of my referral program?

Just have your referred writing friends come to this page and fill out the form below. In the comment box, have them put your name as the referred person along with information about their project. Soon as that happens, I will send you an email letting you know to send me more words.

What is the process…

  1. Fill out form at the end of this post, if you have questions, or to let me know about your project. In the comment section, let me know the genre of story, total word count, editing you want done, and time frame if you are working on a deadline (please allow for at least 6 months to do Story Progression Editing for both our sanity).
  2. Once you receive an email from me with project price total accepting your edit, then email me your project in a .doc or .docx file and any questions or concerns you might have with your story. This is the time to give me a list of things to keep a look out in your story.
  3. Preferred method of payment is through www.paypal.com.  An email address will be provided once story is accepted.
  4. Accepted edits will be returned within 90 days of payment. If you have a deadline that is sooner than that, please indicate this in your first contact email. I am willing to work with you, if my schedule allows. Please note: If for some reason I cannot fulfill an edit in 90 days or by the time we discussed before hand, I will notify you as soon as possible. Your money will be returned, and I will still complete the edit as time allows.

What genres do I accept?

I will accept most genres, but please inform me during first contact if story contains anything with PG13 content or above. I reserve the right to turn down stories that I do not feel comfortable reading.

What others have said about my story consultation and editing ability

“Dawn was great at finding areas of my story where more information and character thoughts were needed to understand my meaning and character motivations. She also found spots where the story lagged and needed to be cut shorter to keep it moving. Her comments and edits have been invaluable to improving the flow and professionalism of my writing.”

Roxanne Crouse author of Fortune and The Monster

“Dawn has been a huge asset to both me as a writer and to my stories. Her critiques are thorough and helpful. She is especially good at spotting problems with plot, inconsistencies with characters, and issues with pacing and point of view. Not only does she point out the problem areas, she offers suggestions to make the story stronger.”

Denise Wyant AKA Avery Dawes author of Tumbling in Time, Wild Horses,  Mountain Memories, and Saving Taylor

Here are just some of the projects I have consulted on…

Saving Taylor by Avery Dawes (published)

Mountain Memories  by Avery Dawes (published)

Drama on Skyline Drive  by Avery Dawes (soon to be published)

Nebulus 3 by Max Bahnhof (published)

Flight by Max Bahnhof (published)

Double Espresso Fantasy by Max Bahnhof (published)

For the Record by Candi Bryne (published)

Fortune by Roxanne Crouse (published)

The Monster by Roxanne Crouse (published)

Believe by Roxanne Crouse (soon to be published)

The Unfortunate End of John William Brookshaw by Roxanne Crouse (unpublished)

Weight of Chains by Lesley Conner (unpublished)

The Blockbuster by Chris Finucane (unpublished)

Juliet Chronicles by Brandon McEndree (unpublished)

Destiny Blade by Brandon McEndree (unpublished)

Kaleidoscope by Brandon McEndree (unpublished)

The Dreamer Genome by Steve S. Grant (published)

Mining Games by Steve S. Grant (published)

Original Strand by Steve S. Grant (published)

Orbiting Sins by Steve S. Grant (published)

Into the Shade by Sharon Poffinberger (published)

Tumbling in Time by Denise Wyant (published)

Wild Horses by Denise Wyant (published)

Latin Heat by Denise Wyant (published)

Mothman Justice Style by Denise Wyant (published)

Saving an Angel by Denise Wyant (soon to be published)

My Handsome Vampire by Denise Wyant (unpublished)

Fill out form below for questions and/or let me know about your project.

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2 thoughts on “Story Consultation & Editing Service

  1. I sent Dawn the first chapter in a book I’m writing to get another person’s perspective and to see where I lack creativity. I’ve never done this before and was hesitant, but I am so grateful that I did.

    She got back to me right away, within an hour, and told me what to expect. She asked me questions about my story so she could get a feel for what I needed. I just got my chapter back today after her edit and a very detailed email giving me constructive criticism and encouragement, which feels great as any writer can attest.

    Dawn is a treasure. Her knowledge and advice about editing/writing is extensive. I will definitely use her services again.

    • Thanks Andrew for the wonderful comment. I’m glad you found my service helpful. Thank you for the opportunity to read your work. I really enjoyed it and look forward to working with you more in the future. Happy Writing!

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