If you have a story idea and you’re not quite sure how to move forward, or if you’ve finished your novel and you’re not sure how to take it to the next level, you’ve come to the right place.
I offer the following editorial services for writers. If one of the below is a good fit for you and your work, I look forward to hearing from you!
***I am booked through 2019 and accepting new mentees for 2020***
You have a complete manuscript ready for feedback. First of all, congratulations!
Here’s what I can offer you:
Revision (and especially revision with a mentor) is an opportunity to grow as a writer; to improve not just this manuscript, but to take the teaching points offered and make them a part of your work going forward.
Fee: 1.6¢ per word*
You have an idea and a beginning—at least 20 pages. Again, congratulations!
Here’s what I can offer you:
Great question. The mentorship I offer is for novels, specifically Middle Grade or Young Adult. I love many different kinds of stories—contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction, and adventure.
I am not interested in working on manuscripts that in any way promote racism, sexism or homophobia—that’s a given, right? I’m a little too squeamish for horror, and not the right person for picture books, early readers, or erotica.
Send an email to author [at] melaniecrowder [dot] com. Let me know:
If you don’t hear back from me within a week, please follow up to make sure I received your initial email.
—Charles, SCBWI Boulder Connect
Q: Do you provide copyediting notes with your feedback?
A: Nope! While my grammar chops are always improving, I do wish I had paid more attention in my high school English classes. It would have saved me (and my copyeditors) a lot of work! Seriously, though, if an error in grammar or punctuation is repetitive and glaring, I may mention it in my notes, though mentees should not expect copyediting services.
Q: How do I know that the feedback you’ll give is what an agent or editor would want as well?
A: You don’t. This industry is mercurial. And editors are searching for stories they truly connect with, which is something no one can predict. All any of us can do is write the best stories we are able, revise bravely, and constantly work to improve our craft.
Q: What makes you qualified to teach writing?
A: I hold an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a Professional Teacher License through the state of Colorado. I’ve taught for 15 years—everything from English and art to sports and yoga. By far, what I love to teach most is writing. I have learned a great deal from my own mentors and professors and I truly enjoy sharing that wisdom with my own students.
Q: I really want to work with you but I can’t afford your rates it at this time. What should I do?
A: Join your local SCBWI. Take online classes. Find a critique group. If you reach the end of your own understanding and the story still isn’t quite right, put it away and start something new! With every manuscript we write, we learn something essential and I absolutely believe that with persistence and patience, we can be our own teachers.
*Payment must be received prior to the beginning of the mentorship