"I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money, and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts. All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much. We do not think that she has a rich inner life or that God likes her or can even stand her. (Although when I mentioned this to my priest friend Tom, he said that you can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.)” ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Contrary to popular belief, nobody writes a clean first draft. It is impossible to see your book clearly, by yourself. This is particularly true if you have been immersed in the occasionally beautiful, pervasively torturous process of slaving over the book for days, months or years at a time.
It is time to give someone else a turn with it. Cut the chord, suspend disbelief and allow Water Stone Writers to read and critique your book. A fresh perspective will help you to shape your book into its best self and give it a better shot in the market. If you have come this far, give yourself the luxury of having someone else take care of the next phase of your project.
Overall manuscript evaluation/critique.
Critique generally includes anywhere from 10-30 pages of written insight about your book. We analyze the book for elements like setting, plot, voice, character development, accuracy, tone, poetry/economy of language, dialogue.
Suggestions can be integrated by the author or by Water Stone Writers.
Packages also include a 1 hour phone consultation about your book.