Consultation (Scroll down for Booktrailer Consult)
Manuscript critiques are a valuable
resource for authors and aspiring authors. They allow you to take a step
back from your work and have it evaluated to find the strengths and
weaknesses. Writers often cannot do this with their own work and good
authors need constructive feedback. If youíve had trouble landing the
attention of an editor or agent, or if youíre just seeking advice, a
critique consultation might be the help you need.
If you choose to have me look at
your work, you will receive a full feedback evaluation consisting of and
breaking down: CONFLICT, CHARACTERIZATIONS, PLOT, DIALOG, NARRATIVE,
PACING, EDITORIAL, and SETTING, along with notes in the manuscript and
anything that stands out as your strength or weakness in your writing.
~Your manuscript must be finished or
near finished before seeking a critique with me.
~I usually only evaluate romance
novels, including its sub-genres (contemporary, paranormal, historical,
futuristic, suspense.) If you have a childrenís picture book, I will be
happy to look at that as well, (targeted age of infant to 7 years.)
~You will be asked to sign an
agreement stating that nothing I do or say may be used or quoted for the
book, including letters to agents or editors. I need to be honest in what
I say to give you the best advice. My advice is a tool for your writing,
not for promotion.
~All transactions are done
electronically by email after the agreement process. After you query me by
email, I will send you the agreement to sign, which you will return to me
by regular mail with a check. After receipt of that, you will email me
your manuscript, which must be in Microsoft Word.
~If you are seeking a partial
critique, (the first 50 pages) my fee is $150.00 and must include a full
synopsis. If you are seeking a full critique, the fee is $300.00. If you
are seeking a childrenís book critique, my fee is $50.00. All of which,
by the way, is significantly less than an editorís fee.
"Kelly's critique is thorough
with proper explanations and it feels as though she actually cares about
the work she is judging, and the author themselves." ~Karen Mason,
author of Summerset and Winner Takes It All.
"I find Kelly's feedback to be
an invaluable aid for my work. She is honest, thorough, and very
insightful." ~Jenafer Humphries, writer and critique partner.
Moran's advice has helped my writing immensely." ~T. Paek,
screenwriter and critique partner.
~You may email me with any questions
you have that are not answered below.
HOW DO I KNOW YOU WONíT STEAL MY
MATERIAL AND IDEAS?
The moment your words are on paper,
they are yours. You are protected by copyright and plagiarism is a crime.
You have my word. It is written in our agreement. If that isnít enough,
then we are not a right fit.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT I GET MY MONEYS
Everything I provide is laid out
above. I have never had an issue in the past. However, if for some reason
you are dissatisfied, providing a legitimate reason in detail, I will
return half of the amount that you have paid. I am giving valuable time
and energy to each project, so there will be no refunds simply because you
do not like what I say. I am honest. You deserve that too.
WHAT MAKES YOU THE RIGHT PERSON FOR
I canít answer that. But chances
are if youíre seeking my help, it is based on word-of-mouth, youíve
read my books, or know me elsewhere. I have been a Romance Writers of
America member since 2008, and in that time I have judged seven chapter
contests. I have been a book reviewer for Bookpleasures since 2007. Iíve
interviewed over one hundred published authors on my blog, including
bestsellers. I also have three critique partners myself who I evaluate and
who do the same for my work-in-progresses.
ARE YOU OPEN TO CRITIQUING OTHER
Usually no. If in doubt, query me
and weíll see. In some cases I do go outside of the romance and childrenís
DO YOU EDIT?
In a word, no. If I see something
that stands out, I will mention it. This includes formatting of the
manuscript according to most guidelines. Critiques and consulting actually
are more beneficial in the early stages than editing, as it gives you a
more comprehensive approach to strength and weakness, providing
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE ONCE YOU HAVE
Typically it takes me 2 weeks on a
partial, 4 weeks on a full, and one week for a childrenís. Give or take.
I will let you know if my work load permits more time before we begin.
HOW DO WE GET STARTED?
First, query me by email, (AuthorKellyMoran(AT)aol(DOT)com),
with your name, pen name, email address, manuscript title, word count,
genre, and a short blurb. You should hear from me shortly.
Book Trailer Consultation
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Similar to a movie trailer, book
trailers are essentially a commercial for your book. Besides the book
cover, a book trailer is the first thing potential readers may see to
direct them to your book. They are an invaluable tool in marketing and
promotion. They can be posted on social media sites, blogs, and Web sites
to hook a reader in and make them want to buy your book.
But doing one on your own can be a
challenging task. Some authors just don't know how to go about producing
one, or don't have the technology skills to produce a good trailer. I can
help with that.
I have been making my own trailers
since my first release in 2005. I asked several readers in several genres
what they liked in a trailer. Consensus was they liked them short, to the
point, and without spilling the whole plot. Just enough to tease them into
wanting to read it.
If you would like assistance in
making a book trailer, my standard fee is $50.00, which is hundreds less
than you would pay for a production company. To see the trailers I've
made, please visit my YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/authorkellymoran
If this is something that interests
you, please email me at AuthorKellyMoran(AT)aol(DOT)com and we can discuss
the project. I will send you an Agreement to sign to protect me from
copyright infringement, and to protect you so you get your project, plus
what you pay for. I will also send you a Consult Form so I have everything
I need to produce what you are looking for.
Once the trailer is finished, I will
either email you the trailer as a .WMV attachment, or if the file is too
large, I will snail mail it to you on a DVD+R CD.