So, you've got a book, or the start of a book, and you'd like some professional feedback on how it reads? The How to Write Academy offers a range of services to help you polish those words until they shine. Haven't done the course yet? No problem. Check out below for more information.
Starting in 2024, the How to Write Academy will be offering confidential one-on-one hour-long video or phone consults. You get to choose what you'd like to discuss: help with plotting, writing tips, productivity advice, career help, pitching and manuscript submissions to traditional publishers, or a self-publishing strategy.
$100 USD per one-hour block. Subject to Academy availability.
Great openings are hugely important. They really make an impact on the reader, and for editors who have to wade through many, many submissions, you want to get the tone just right. Send the first chapter (to a maximum of 5,000 words) to us for feedback on how the opening works.
Want feedback on a more substantial chunk of your book? In a three-chapter (to a maximum of 15,000 words) assessment, we'll be able to evaluate not just the strength of your beginning, but also get to see and give feedback on more elements, such as characterisation, dialogue, tension and pace.
Selling your book to an editor can hinge on a really punchy synopsis. It needs to be concise and yet somehow, magically, convey tone and vibe, all in a short amount of words. It's an artform indeed! If you want help massaging your synopsis into shape, as well as writing a cover letter and nailing your first chapter (up to 5000 words), this option is for you.
Would you like a fresh perspective on your whole manuscript? Not only is this a great way to make your book sing, the feedback will prove invaluable as a teaching opportunity to see where your writing can be improved upon.
Dependent upon availability.
Up to 50,000 $1000USD
Up to 75,000 words $1150
Up to 100,000 words $1300 USD
Once you've decided how the How to Write Academy can help you in your unique circumstances, please complete this form as an Expression of Interest.
Manuscript Assessments and zoom sessions are subject to availability.
Please include as much information in your application as possible. In the Project Information box, please include, for Manuscript Assessments:
For one hour video consults, please include:
Please note, payments are to be made via PayPal. An Expression of Interest is not a confirmed booking. Once we have received your application, we will be in touch with availability. Limited spaces available owing to author workload, but we look forward to helping you when we can!