Working with authors is a particular strength of the WordCraft collective. Our consultants have a wide range of experience: from managing projects to developmental editing, from personal coaching to group writing instruction, from critique to marketing consultation.
Sometimes a writer may have a great idea but not know exactly how to proceed. Other times, a writer knows exactly where she wants to go with a concept, but motivation and time management are standing in her way. Hiring a writing coach can remove both of these obstacles to a completed manuscript, whether it be a short essay or story or a book-length project. We will custom design a coaching program for you—based on your aspirations and writing practice—to help you get where you want to be.
Critique, Editing, and Manuscript Preparation
With experience at established publishing houses, newspapers, academic presses, literary journals, and graduate programs, our consultants have worked with almost every possible kind of manuscript. We can join you early on in the process (providing feedback on style and structure) or when you have completed your project (proofreading and line editing to perfect the expression of your ideas) or at any time in between. We offer a full range of manuscript preparation services, including critique, line and developmental editing, ghostwriting, research, fact checking, indexing, and consultation on format and design.
Submission and Marketing Consultation
Even though a project may be complete, the publication process is far from over. Whether you need to determine which venues or agents would be most receptive to your work, decide whether self-publishing is the best course for you, or get assistance with publicity and self-promotion for a published work, our consultants can help you to get your work before a larger audience. The Submission Sunday feature at our blog provides weekly ideas to help you submit your writing to the perfect publication or opportunity.
Some venues where our submission consultation clients have been published:
The Coachella Review
Los Angeles Review of Books
Menda City Review
Writers Tribe Review
Our clients have also received fellowships from the Hambidge Center, the MacDowell Colony, PEN Emerging Voices, the Ragdale Foundation, and 360 Xochi Quetzal.