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Manuscript Review with Kate Maruyama
$499.00
Fiction, Screenwriting
Manuscript Review with Kate Maruyama
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who are submitting a complete draft of a novel or collection of short fiction. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Kate's Book Coaching Statement:

I’ve been writing in one form or another for most of my life, productively for twenty five years, and my favorite thing to do is help other writers. I did it in my Hollywood executive days, working with professional screenwriters, cracking stories, helping make scripts stronger to get producers moving on them. Since then, I’ve helped dozens of writer friends and students with careful reading and notes, because what drives me nuts is when good people give up on good ideas.

I’m not here to teach you writing. You’re already writing, that’s why you’re here. But I can promise you, I have tons of tools I’ve gained over my twenty-five years of writing and teaching and mentoring experience that can help you on this maddening journey from idea to revision to book or screenplay. So many times we go from mind-blowing fantastic idea to the slog in the middle where we’ve lost our way and faith in our work and sometimes as far as the dreaded words, “Aw, it wasn’t such a great idea to begin with.” We all have demons that whisper in our ears, “You aren’t good enough, what’s this about anyway? Why are you writing at all?”

In my role as your book coach, I intend to help you quell those demons, find the natural strengths in your writing and get your head back into the story that had you sit down in the first place. I believe that by asking questions of your story, your characters, your themes, we can help you serve your book, which is its own animal, and help make it the best that it can be.

Along the way, I hope to give you tools that you can take back to your writing, because I hope that you, like me, are trying to get better at what you do every time you sit down to write.

I look forward to working with you.

About Kate Maruyama:

Kate Maruyama coached screenwriters for years in Hollywood, working for Jon Peters, Sylvester Stallone and Universal and has coached several notable authors’ books, most of which have been published. Her primary focus in coaching is to help writers find the heart of the piece they are working on and to help them bring it to fruition. Her first novel, Harrowgate was published by 47North and her short work has appeared in Arcadia Magazine, The Stoneboat Journal and Controlled Burn as well as onSalon.com, The Rumpus, The Citron Review and Gemini Magazine. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and lives, writes, teaches and eats in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and two kids.

 

Manuscript Review with Jeff McElroy
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who submitting a complete draft of a novelor collection of short fiction.  Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision.  When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication.  May be repeated. 

4-Week Module

Jeff's Book Coaching Statement: 

My teaching philosophy for writing is rooted in constructivist methodologies and the lessons I’ve learned on the page and in the wild places, from the mountains to the deserts to the seas. I’m interested in the journeys we take through our craft and, as a teacher, hope to be a useful outpost of advice along the way. Just as there is no perfect person, neither is their a perfect story; only drafts upon drafts can lead us to closer approximations of experiences we hope to contribute to the Great Conversation.

I teach with positive reinforcement, finding it useful to focus on two things: what’s working in a story, and what could work better. I do believe that writing for readers is an inherently social act and, as such, bears all the obligations and responsibilities of human existence. I bring a laid-back, scholarly, engaging persona to the classroom and I expect the same with my students.

About Jeff McElroy: 

Jeff McElroy’s first collection of surf noir short stories, Californios, has earned him comparisons with John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, and Jack London. He has found a loyal readership ranging from outdoor/surfer enthusiasts to avant-garde literary folks. His adapted screenplay for one of the stories in Californios, “Goofyfoot,” won 1st Place in the San Fernando Valley Film Festival. Another story from Californios, “Brown Pride,” won 1st Place in the Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Contest. An avid surfer, backpacker, and writing coach, Jeff lives with his fiancée and Jack Russell Terrier in the Ojai Valley, between the mountains and the sea.

 

Manuscript Review with Jamie Moore
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For writers who submitting a complete draft of a novel or collection of short fiction. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision.  When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication.  May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Jamie's Book Coaching Statement: 

Writing and revising a novel is often like wandering into the dark. I believe that the job of the book coach is to light the lampposts that will guide you through the process of completing your draft. I would like to help you accentuate what working in your manuscript while identifying areas that can be strengthened using a variety of craft tools. Character and conflict are the driving forces of narrative, so I enjoy focusing on the development of voice and challenging the characters.

Editing for clarity and conciseness are also important aspects of this process, and I will work to provide suggestions within the manuscript as well as editing references to keep your writing crisp and the story moving. It isn’t always easy to face critique on a manuscript that you’ve invested a lot into. However, I want to approach book coaching as a partnership between the writer and myself in which we honestly address what may be holding the manuscript back, and celebrate the development of your work.

About Jamie Moore: 

Jamie Moore is the author of Our Small Faces, (ELJ Publications, 2013). She received her MFA in fiction from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She was born and raised between several neighborhoods in Santa Rosa, California. Jamie works as Co-Fiction Editor of Blackberry: A Magazine and as an Associate Editor of Lunch Ticket Magazine. She is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, VONA, and the Mendocino Writers Workshop. Her work has appeared in Moonshot Magazine, Emerge Literary Journal, Drunk Monkeys and Blackberry: A Magazine. As a mixed kid, she is obsessed with writing about the spaces between. She expresses this through her blog Mixed Reader and as the Co-Literary Coordinator of the Mixed Remixed festival. She lives in California with her large family and currently works as a community college English professor. This way, she gets to indulge in both of her passions: talking about the written word and bridging cultural connections. You can find her on Twitter @mixedreader or the Our Small Faces Facebook page.

 

Manuscript Review with Patrick O'Neil
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Creative Nonfiction, Memoir
Manuscript Review with Patrick O'Neil
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Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Memoir

Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who submit a complete draft of a memoir or collection of essays. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Patrick's Book Coaching Statement: 

Writing has to grab you, command your attention, and make you want to read it. I approach ALL writing with this in mind. It doesn’t matter what the subject is. I have read books on falconry, horticulture, and fencing—all of which are areas that didn’t immediately interest me—and ended up fascinated because of the author’s ability to write compellingly on their subject matter. I have also read detective novels, literary fiction, short stories, and plot driven narratives I thought would just be light reading, and came away in awe. Because what it all comes down to is the author’s choices in language, syntax, and structure, and this is where a book coach comes in. You’ve written a final, or at least a good working draft, and the idea is there, but there’s something missing. You haven’t gotten the response that you want when others have read it, or when you have submitted to agents and presses.

Having another writer with editorial experience take a look and offer suggestions is incredibly helpful. Another set of eyes, whose only invested interest is to help make your writing better, and can suggest the needed revisions to make your writing do what you want it to do. This is not to change your voice or make your writing like someone else’s. This is to define what is yours, and to improve it. As your book coach that is exactly what I’ll do when we work together. It will be an interaction between the two of us to assess and revise your writing.

I work with a very diverse group of writers and students. I edit and revise narrative nonfiction and memoir, as well as fiction. I lead nonfiction workshops, and teach college level English classes (online and in the classroom). So when I say “diverse group” I mean that I have experience working with writers at all levels, different backgrounds, and abilities. I have an understanding of where a writer is, and what they need to do in order for their writing to grab you, command your attention, and make you want to read.

About Patrick O'Neil: 

Patrick O’Neil is the author of the memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon (Dzanc Books), and the excerpted in part French translation, Hold-Up (13e Note Editions). His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including: Juxtapoz, Salon.com, The Weeklings, Razorcake, Sensitive Skin, Fourteen Hills, and Word Riot. Patrick is an editor for the NYC-to-California-transplant-post-beat-pre-apocalyptic art, writing, and music anthology Sensitive Skin Magazine. And a two time nominee for Best Of The Net. He is a regular contributor to the recovery website After Party Chat, and has been blogging at Full Blue Moon Dementia for over ten years. Patrick holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, lives in Hollywood, California, and teaches at a local community college. Check out Patrick's web-site for more information www.patrick-oneil.com and his blog Full Blue Moon Dementia https://patrick-oneil.com/blog/

 

Manuscript Review with Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald
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Fiction, Nonfiction
Manuscript Review with Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who are submitting a complete draft of a novel or collection of short fiction. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision. When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald's Book Coaching Statement:

My first rule of book coaching is to create a safe place for both the author and the work to go on a journey to help create the best version of the work. I stay in-tune to the author’s vision through the process.

I approach from a curious place. What is this work? What does it want to be? What is working extremely well? What would make it work even better to make the story the best it can be? I examine things such as the overall arc of the plot, characterization develop, embodied setting, voice and much more.

I look at what is the strengths of the writer and how can it be capitalized on that? Where does this book fit in the wide landscape of literary world? What would make it stand out in the marketplace that only this author could do? What is unique about the work? What is the unique gift about the author?

I have a tendency to prefer more upmarket and commercial works, but do appreciate literary as long there is some gripping issue or intriguing plot line even if it is loose or a very engaging voice.

I also look at the book through the lens of the reader. What would confuse them? (Not that everything needs to be understood, but at least let the reader have a general idea of what is going on.) What will engage the reader even more? Is the story fully developed? What could be done to make this the most engaging tale possible?

I love helping authors make their work, their career, and their vision sing.

About Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald:

Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald is author of 23 books, including The Superstitious Romance, which hit Amazon best-seller list March 27-29, 2016 in Romance and Inspirational categories. She has published in a wide range of genres from historical fiction, mystery, sweet romance, quote books, picture books, middle-grade, cross-curriculum workbooks, and women’s fiction to self-help and business.

She also published in numerous magazines, including Women’s World, wrote the script for the movie, “Only Once” staring featuring Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Austin O’Brien. She was a script consultant for several other independent films, including bestselling Christian film, Christmas Mission.

She is also a creative coach for the past 14 years and has been a former radio show host. She can be found at www.StepItUpEnterprises.com and her current fiction written under a pseudo name www.AnastasiaAlexander.com

 

Manuscript Review with Andromeda Romano Lax
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who submitting a complete draft of a novel or collection of short fiction.  Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision.  When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication.  May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Andromeda's Book Coaching Statement:

You’ve gone as far as you can on your own. Now you’re ready to make an even bigger commitment, with the help of instruction, rigorous feedback, and ongoing editorial support.

Whether you’re writing your very first novel or memoir draft, tackling a major revision, preparing for a submission to agents or editors, or simply trying to add to your writer’s toolbox, I’m here to help.

How do I know what you need? Because at many critical junctures in my own writing career of 25 years, I’ve needed the same kind of assistance. We all do, whether we’ve written one book manuscript or twenty–all the more so if we keep reaching higher with every project. Hemingway had Gertrude Stein. Fitzgerald had Max Perkins. You need someone who will encourage you, challenge you, and help you see past blind spots toward the best possible version of your future, final draft.

Friends and peers often can’t find the time or summon the skills and big-picture thinking necessary to provide long-term instruction and macro-scale feedback that goes beyond page-by-page tinkering to larger issues of structure, overall story arc, characterization, POV and more. Many agents and editors are no longer willing to do developmental editing. The publishing world is more fickle than ever. Self-publishing–the right answer for a few, certainly not all–is not the easy way out, either. There’s no point in making a manuscript publicly available that isn’t all it could have been.

Needing expert help is not an indication that you’re stumbling as a writer. It’s a sign that you’re moving forward. Together, we’ll work not just on making corrections but on developing new questions, insights and tools that will enrich your writing beyond the current manuscript. I look forward to meeting you and your work!  

About Andromeda Romano-Lax:

Andromeda Romano-Lax worked as a journalist, essayist, and travel writer before turning to fiction. Her first novel,The Spanish Bow, was translated into eleven languages and chosen as a New York Times Editor’s Choice and one of Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year. Her second novel, The Detour, was published in 2012. Andromeda co-founded an Alaska statewide literary organization and teaches in the University of Alaska Anchorage low-residency MFA program. She holds an MFA and Post-MFA Pedagogy Certificate from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her special interests include novel structure, revision, and lifelong strategies for developing as a writer. 

 

Manuscript Review with Eduardo Santiago
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Modules purchased in 100 page packages. For writers who submitting a complete draft of a novel or collection of short fiction. Responses to manuscripts include a written global critique (email attachment), line edits for a short selection, and recommendations for revision.  When appropriate, recommendations will include advice about publication.  May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Eduardo's Book Coaching Statement:


Many people want to start a book or complete a book-in-progress, but few actually finish a manuscript. As an experienced creative writing instructor and book coach, I have a growing list of students, former students and clients who have completed their first drafts, many who've seen their work published, or are in discussions with agents.

To get students from "wanting to write a book" to committing and finishing one is exciting, and I become very involved. My process is structured and methodical because I strongly believe that the less confusion I create for the students, the more they can use their energies and imaginations to create their story.

These are some of the ways that I will guide you:

I will help you to understand what it is you're trying to say, and discover why and how to to say it through the use of setting, character, voice, suspense, conflict, context, and objective.

Together, we will find (or settle upon) a solid literary structure that will carry all the thoughts, memories and experiences that are your raw material and that you want to include in the novel.

It's essential to develop harmony between the writer and the judge-and-jury in your head so that every writing session doesn't begin as a bloody battle. Through conversations and meditations you learn how to calm the enemy within and access your higher self, the inner writer. Above all, I prompt you to find your passion and tap into the reservoir of confidence that are essential for you to get the stories out of your head and onto the page.

Once I get you started, I will stay with you draft after draft to make sure you are staying honest and invested in yourself as writer, that you are using the most current literary elements required to make a book work, and that the work is clean, impressive, and well on it's way to becoming a publishable product.

Writing a book, whether it's a novel, a memoir, or a collection of stories, is not easy. But it can be a pleasurable experience, and at times it can be joyous, transcendent fun. Sadly, having a partially written book can be torture. The only thing that makes me happier than helping another aspiring writer complete his or her book, is completing my own. Holding that red-hot manuscript in your hands is a triumphant feeling that I want all my students to have. It is because I've experienced that unique satisfaction that I am so committed to helping others to find it, and I will go to great lengths to get you there.

About Eduarod Santiago:

Eduardo Santiago’s first novel Tomorrow They Will Kiss (Little, Brown & Co.) was an Edmund White Debut Fiction Award finalist and a Latino Book Award finalist. Mr. Santiago’s next novel, Midnight Rumba, was awarded top honors at the prestigious New England Book Festival 2013, the Latino International Book Awards, and The Beverly Hills Book Awards.

His fiction has been published in ZYZZYVA, Slow Trains, and The Caribbean Writer, and his nonfiction has appeared in Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, and Out Traveler Magazine. Mr. Santiago earned a BFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts and a Creative Writing MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles. He has taught writing for UCLA’s Writing Program and at Mt. San Jacinto College.

He is the founder of the Idyllwild Authors Series, and a two-time PEN Center U.S.A. Fellow (2004 & 2008). His many personal appearances include CBS News, NPR’S All Things Considered, The New York City Book Festival, The Miami Book Fair International, The Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books, and The Tucson Festival of Books.

 

Manuscript Review with Lauren Schmidt
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You will work one on one with a  book coach revising your poetry manuscript. Evaluation includes a written overall critique, line notes as well as advice on writing and, when appropriate, publication. May be repeated.

4-Week Module

Lauren's Book Coaching Statement

As a book coach, my job is to get you to think critically and dynamically about your own work. To that end, I will ask you questions, suggest poets/writers whose work may resonate with you, develop prompts to exercise and stretch your creative muscles, and model and encourage persistent revision.

Furthermore, I will emphasize clarity, musicality, precision in word choice and image, and succinctness. I will urge you to play with your line breaks and the shape your poems take on the page, as well as recommend attempts in using poetic devices and form where appropriate. Finally, I will help you find the themes as they emerge in your own work as you work towards a finalized manuscript.

But perhaps more importantly, here’s what I will NOT do.

I will NOT impose my own aesthetic. My job is to help you discover how to write your best poems, poems that are true to your vision and your voice. Any suggestions I make or questions I ask will be constructed without bias, but with great care and respect for you and your work.

I will NOT discourage creative resistance. As your coach, I will create the kind of environment that instigates and inspires, one that will result in thoughtful conversations where I stand to learn as much as you. You are encouraged to accept or reject suggestions that are not consistent with your vision. Part of this learning experience should be refining that vision, and sometimes, the best way to do that is to start eliminating what doesn’t square with it.

I will NOT revise, review, or explicate your poems, for my role as your coach does not warrant that kind of power over your work. Rather, I will provide you with tools to help you grow and change and provide a space safe enough to do so.

I will NOT expect blind acquiescence. Such a relationship suggests a power dynamic that stifles creativity. Furthermore, that relationship presupposes that I have all the answers and you have none, and I have found that people who think they already know everything are the most limited in where they are capable of going creatively. Instead, I consider us both teachers and students, each prepared with our own set of skills and experience—the magic is in what happens when we bring them together.

As your coach, you will find that my energy feeds off writers who are open and willing to learn, who remain committed to the craft (even when it gets hard or when life gets in the way), and who demonstrate a level of excitement equal to my own.

I look forward to working with you!

About Lauren Schmidt: 

Lauren Schmidt is the author of three collections of poetry: Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair MissingThe Voodoo Doll Parade, selected for the Main Street Rag Author’s Choice Chapbook Series; and Psalms of The Dining Room, a sequence of poems about her volunteer experience at a soup kitchen in Eugene, Oregon. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattle, Nimrod, Painted Bride Quarterly, PANK, New York Quarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, The Progressive, and others. Her awards include the So to Speak Poetry Prize, the Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor, The Janet B. McCabe Prize for Poetry, and the Bellevue Literary Review’s Vilcek Prize for Poetry. Schmidt is an Instructor of Developmental English at Passaic County Community College where she founded RAW, a social justice-oriented poetry club for PCCC students. She serves as a Poet-in-the-Schools for Paterson Public Schools and volunteer teaches a creative writing workshop at a transitional housing program for homeless women in Paterson as well. 

 

 
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