Editing/Critique Services/Writing Coach


Note: This is William Bernhardt. I wanted you to know that I’ll be doing this editing and critiquing myself. If I have scheduling issues, I’ll let you know in advance. We'll agree on a delivery date. If you'd like an ongoing relationship, I can be your writing coach, which gives you access to my input whenever you need it, for editing, critique, or just discussing ideas. There are two coaching levels ($50 or $100 a month). You can sign up for that and get more details on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/willbern

 


Manuscript Editing and Critique

(Price: $2.50 per page)

(For complete manuscripts or sections—100 pages or more)

Would you benefit from:

  • A manuscript critique from an experienced writer with substantial publishing experience?
  • Specific recommendations on how to make it better?
  • A plan for the next draft and marketing suggestions?


Tired of receiving unexplained rejections or brush-offs from editors and agents? Maybe it’s time to get some serious feedback. Send at least 100 pages (or better yet, a complete manuscript) and you’ll receive over 10-20 pages of notes and comments, a complete evaluation of the book, its strengths and weaknesses, how to make it appeal to major publishers, or how to successfully market it on your own. If this is fiction, you’ll get feedback on structure, character, plot, dialogue, and writing style. If this is nonfiction, you’ll receive feedback on structure, style, clarity, narrative flow, and other relevant subjects. Plus you’ll be in direct contact with your editor, with the opportunity to ask follow-up questions on specific aspects of the manuscript. Please note that this is not a line edit and, unlike the Developmental Critique, you will not receive margin notes throughout the manuscript. You will receive a lengthy overall review of your work-in-progress, and detailed advice on how best to complete it.

What Other Writers Have Said About This...
"Just wanted to say how pleased I am with this service. Money well spent! ... I’m sure there are some who would take offense at such a detailed narration of issues within one’s work, but I’m not one of them. I paid for this, and what was returned exceeded my expectations. You bulleted what 150+ agents did not…”

Length requirement
You need to send at least 100 consecutive pages of your manuscript. Complete manuscripts are best because they allow the editor to see the big picture, but if you’re not there yet, send what you have!

Formatting Requirements
Manuscripts should be sent in either Word or Rich Text format, and use standard manuscript formatting (Times New Roman 12 pt. font, one-inch margins on all sides, double-spaced throughout).

To submit your manuscript, click here and attach the manuscript to your email.



Developmental Editing and Critique

(Price: $3.50 per page)

(For partial manuscripts or early efforts—50 pages or more)

Would you benefit from:

  • Early input on your writing project designed to help you avoid time-consuming errors?
  • Guidance on structure, character, and plot while your book is still in the development stages?
  • A complete overview of your work-so-far, the premise, marketability, concept, and execution?


Not interested in spending a year or more of your life writing a book no one will agent or publish? Understandable. Let me help. You will receive 10-20 pages of detailed notes on premise, plot structure, pacing, characters, dialogue and marketability. You will also receive margin notes on issues that arise throughout the manuscript. Plus you’ll be in direct contact with your editor, with the opportunity to ask follow-up questions on specific aspects of the manuscript. If you’re writing nonfiction, you’ll also receive 10-20 pages of notes with insights into your writing style, theme, pacing, clarity, and voice, plus margin notes throughout.

What Other Writers Have Said About This...
"Critique received. If I assimilate these pointers, they should never need to be made again. There’s a semester’s worth of learning in here!”

Length requirement
You need to send at least 50 consecutive pages of your manuscript. If you like, you can also send a synopsis or outline so your editor can grasp the entire book as you currently conceive it.

Formatting Requirements
Manuscripts should be sent in either Word or Rich Text format, and should use standard manuscript formatting (Times New Roman 12 pt. font, one-inch margins on all sides, double-spaced throughout).

To submit your manuscript, click here and attach the manuscript to your email.


Short Story Critique

(Price: $3.50 per page)

(For complete short stories)

Would you benefit from:

  • Professional feedback on your short story?
  • Detailed comments about your story’s strengths and weaknesses?
  • Advice and assistance on targeting your audience and marketing?


This critique will give you specific, precise feedback and recommendations, commenting on your story's structure, plot, characterization, dialogue, setting, and genre. You will receive a detailed analysis of at least five pages, with margin notes running throughout the manuscript commenting on various style issues and other points that might arise.

What Other Writers Have Said About This...
"Thank you so much for your comments and guidance on my story. Your assistance is exactly what I was hoping to receive....Your comments were both isntructive and motivating.”

Length requirement
You need to send a complete story of at least 5 consecutive pages.

Formatting Requirements
Manuscripts should be sent in either Word or Rich Text format, and should use standard manuscript formatting (Times New Roman 12 pt. font, one-inch margins on all sides, double-spaced throughout).

To submit your manuscript, click here and attach the manuscript to your email.