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One-on-one Coaching

've always felt that one of the more difficult aspects of writing is the lack of ongoing feedback. So, to make things a little easier, I'm available to talk through your project with you, brainstorm ideas, offer my take on your work, help you come up with a publishing plan, how to go about securing an agent, and give you tips on appearances and events. We can do that either face-to-face or over the phone, whichever works best for you.

Fee: $50/hour.

Manuscript Critiques

uring the writing process, you may reach a point when you feel you may need a deeper and longer look at your manuscript or short story or essay. I'll read your pages, point out the parts that I think are working well and make suggestions for the areas that need improvement. If I think you'd benefit from a line edit to clean up your grammar and punctuation, I'll refer you to someone else on my team.

The best way to request a critique is get in touch with me at LesleyKagen@gmail.com. Please keep in mind that I only work on adult fiction. Include your name and contact information, email address, and phone number. Also include the title of your work, the genre, the first three pages pasted into the email, how many pages you'd ultimately like to submit, and anything else you'd like to share with me. If I think we'd work well together, I'll contact you with a letter of agreement and instructions for paying in advance. Once we've come to an understanding, you'll send me a Word doc and I'll get busy.

Depending on the length of the work and how tight my schedule is, I can usually finish a project in a week or two. I'll then send a letter detailing any ways I think you can improve the work. If you need further clarification, I'll exchange one email with you.

Fee: $50 for up to 10 pages. (1 page = 250 words) and $5.00 for every page after that.