So you’ve written a manuscript and need to know if it is worth spending several thousand dollars getting published?
This is your next stop. Here’s some news – no publishing company is going to read your unsolicited manuscript. NONE. Getting a highly-skilled editor to sit and read each manuscript that comes in takes time, lots of time, and time costs money. Publishing companies get so many scripts that reading them all becomes a very expensive exercise. So they simply don’t do it.
But hang on, I hear you saying, if that’s the case, how do they choose the books they do publish?
Easy, really. We publishers have a secret ingredient we look for in every manuscript. If it is not there in the first couple of chapters, the document either gets binned, or returned to you with a “don’t call us, we’ll call you” letter. Publishers generally won’t go to the trouble of explaining why your particular book didn’t make the cut because, in all honesty, there are so many manuscripts and so little time.
Why are we different? Because we are charging you a professional fee. You are paying us, as expert story mechanics, to read over your story vehicle and quickly explain what’s faulty. It’s a service that could save you months or even years of angst and rejection letters. We will tell you if you are missing the secret ingredient, and we will tell you how to put it in there.
You are not paying for or receiving a line by line analysis or proofread – you are paying us to sit down and read your book over many hours, and then tell you about any broad structural problems we find and our suggestions on how to improve those.
If you’re serious about getting published, we are serious about helping you do it.