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We start off full of passion, bursting to put words down, and for a while we can push along… and then that niggly little thing called doubt starts to creep in.
Is it any good? What am I doing here? Am I kidding myself? I know how that feels.
If you’re stuck, I can help
Writing has been one of the chief joys in my life. As a magazine editor I supervised the publishing of more stories than I can count.
When I teach writing, I love the energy and laughter and authentic expression that rises as people share their tales.
As an author of fiction and non-fiction I know that powerful, almost painful, urge to write and write until your story’s done. All the time thinking, damn it, am I doing this okay?
I’ve known the thrill of getting a “yes” from international publishers and – much more often! – the dull thud of yet another rejection. I’ve also written rejection and acceptance notes to hundreds. The highs and lows on both sides are very familiar to me.
You may not want to get published in the old-fashioned sense. You might want to follow the indie route. Or writing may be just about stepping aside from the grind and giving way to your need for creative flow.
If you’re up against a brick wall, it’s good to have someone on your side. Someone to give you expert but gentle feedback as you pursue this creative urge of yours to string words together in ways that make your heart sing.
Note: This isn’t therapy or counselling, but just good, solid talk from someone with heaps of experience, both in writing and in life.
I’m happy to help, either by phone, by Skype or in person (if you live in Auckland, New Zealand).
Here’s what I can do
(Just for fun, the offers are named them after old typewriters.)
The ‘Royal’ Phone Consult
I played with one of these as a child. I adored flicking the Royal’s little lever to change the ribbon from the black zone to the red. Clunky as hell, hard on the fingers, but as reliable as a factory time whistle.
The Royal is a single 60-minute phone or Skype call (or meeting) to help you on your way:
It’s for new writers who…
♦ are under way with something good but could do with a look-see from someone like me whose eye is fresh and objective.
♦ could benefit from a half-way stage consultation, just to make sure they’re on track.
♦ have begun something but are ‘feeling’ it turning into a different animal and need some reassurance. Or maybe it’s about seeking the nudge they need to push it down a different path. Maybe it’s not a book but a blog or a play. Or maybe it started out as a story for adults when it might work better for children. Or vice versa! Let’s talk it over.
Fee $NZ95.00. I will need to read some of your work first (up to a 1000 words), but we can arrange that by email after you have booked.
Want to set up a call? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
The “Imperial” Manuscript Assessment
In olden times, in the 20th century, millions of typists and writers across the world used Imperial typewriters – I faced one of these chunky babies daily as a ‘cub reporter’ on a city daily. I wonder how many front-page leads and bestsellers were hammered out on Imperials?
The Imperial is for writers who…
♦ Have finished a full-length book and want an independent assessment of its suitability to go out into the world
♦ Realise that while they may feel “done with it” there may still be ways it can be pushed to a higher level, resulting in greater reader satisfaction and making any future book more eagerly sought after.
♦ Know that their best chance of selling their book to a mainstream publisher – if that’s the aim – comes from submitting manuscripts that are as good as you can make them.
Fee Manuscripts up to 60,000 words, $NZ600 (no GST). Up to 90,000 words $900. This is not line-by-line editing but a report on the structure of your work, with constructive ideas for possible improvement and an overall assessment of the book’s readiness for publication.
I specialise in women’s fiction and adult non-fiction with commercial appeal, and also like books in the mind-body-spirit genre.
I don’t cover academic theses, children’s books or romances or science fiction novels with high levels of crazy weapons and robotic aliens.
Why get an assessment? There are, after all, many ways to get published today.
But now that anyone can be an author, any old dross can be put out there. Your work needs to matter. If it’s got your name on it, you want it to shine, huh?
Want an assessment? Email me: email@example.com
“If you want the best of tradition and experience combined with an ‘up with the digital play’ editor, you can’t go past Lindsey. She helped me make an idea into a book. Without her expertise and unbelievable patience and coaching, my book would not get the feedback it does. She is an alchemist who can help you make more sense of your own work because she can listen! Lindsey is generous, affordable and will help you avoid mistakes before they happen. I have no hesitation in recommending her.” – Amanda Fleming: teacher, facilitator, author
“Lindsey was very encouraging at a crucial phase in my writing career. She read the manuscript of my YA novel, Murder at Mykenai (now published by Walker Books) and, during an hour-long one-on-one session, gave me positive and constructive feedback.” – Catherine Mayo, author