Editorial Services

I am available to assist other writers as editor, writing coach, and even to help you with the ins-and-outs of self-publishing.

Manuscript Review

online-proofreadersI offer an affordable first step to a possible relationship, through which I will review your novel and provide a critique. Since I refuse to take advantage of others by charging a fee for critiquing an inferior work, I reserve the right to accept or refuse any manuscript review assignment based on a quick preliminary look at your work.

To submit your book for consideration, please send an email requesting this service to david@dlbrown-inc.com and attach a Word doc of the first 20 or so pages. I will take a quick look at no charge or obligation. If I believe I can help you, I will send you a simple contractual agreement and ask for payment and submission of the complete MS.

Upon acceptance of the assignment I will carefully read and analyze about the first 20-30 pages and skim the rest of the MS, then write a 3 to 5 page analysis, pointing out problems and suggesting solutions. I am not your mother, who will always say your words must be inspired by the angels of heaven, so I may sometimes seem brutally frank in my evaluations. This is the only kind of critique that is of any value.

Based on this first step I may agree to undertake further assignments, including coaching, editing and even help with self-publishing, including proofreading and interior and cover design. I will also consider proposed ghost writing assignments. All services will be negotiated based on reasonable flat rates, not per-hour billings, so there will be no surprises.

Fee for a manuscript review: $250.