Do you want honest, personable feedback for your story?

You’ve written your novel, but something isn’t right. A few beta readers have suggestions that conflict with each other, but your friends say it is good. As for you, you know it’s a good foundation but you know it needs work before it is ready for the public.

Maybe you struggle with bringing characters to life, weaving your beliefs into your writing without being preachy, creating a vivid setting, or showing instead of telling in your prose.

With over nine years of writing behind me, I’ve slogged through all these questions with many cringe-worthy results. Results that only came after others helped me see where I was going wrong in my stories and how to fix it.

I don’t want you to subject yourself to the same lonely road. Yes, you can teach yourself to some extent. But how will you know what you need to work on without anyone to tell you? How will you know how a reader views your story?

That’s where I come in. I don’t have magic solutions. Writing is hard work and it always will be. I can, however, give you solid critiques to shape your story, as well as an over-arcing analysis on your strengths, your areas of growth, and practical steps to move from becoming a good writer to a great one.

 

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Hope was fun and easy to work with while still giving honest feedback and thorough critiques. She was especially patient in working with me on topics and skills I particularly struggled with and really wanted to master. After being mentored by her for several months, I was amazed by how much I’d grown as a writer, especially in areas of theme, character arcs, and prose. But my greatest area of growth was in confidence — working with Hope as a mentor allowed me to see exactly where I was as a writer, both in areas I needed to improve upon and in areas where I was already proficient. That knowledge boosted my confidence in my abilities and gave me a clear plan of what I needed to continue to work on to become a better writer.

– Audrey Caylin (coaching and critique student)

 

I will critique

  • Gripping themes without preaching
  • Compelling character arcs
  • Vivid settings
  • Subtext in prose
  • Solid, exciting plots

My critiques will be conducted using Google docs or email, and will focus on the elements you choose. I customize every critique to fit each student and set goals with you beforehand to ensure you are satisfied with the the final product of our work.

Want to get on the fast track improve your work and grow as a writer at the same time? Check out the varied critiques I offer below, and feel free to contact me for a customized plan.


Critiques

 

 Quick critique

Level 1 (for advanced writers for those who understand theme, arcs, and plot points): Critique on theme, character arcs, and outlines over emails and Google Docs. – $50 turnaround time 1-2 weeks

Level 2 (for writers who want to learn about theme, arcs, and plot points): Three forty-five minute Skype sessions to explain theme, character arcs, and outlines, then critique on the results over emails and Google Docs. – $150 sessions planned over the course of a month

 

Novel critique:

I will read your novel once and comment throughout the document. I will wrap up with a list of strengths, weaknesses, and specific thoughts on where to go from here. – $35 base price plus $30 per 5000 words. Turn around time decided on a case by case basis.

 

In depth critique (advanced writers)

I'll read through the work once and give major thoughts on structure and theme, then read through a second time for more detailed comments on smaller topics such as prose. I will wrap up with a list of strengths, weaknesses, and basic specific thoughts on where the novel is at and where to go from here. – $50 base price plus $40 per 5000 words

 


PAYMENT

I accept Paypal (you would receive an invoice after agreeing to services.) All payment is to be made when sending in the document for critique. If you need to spit up payments, you can contact me on a case by case basis. Refunds can be provided for unfinished work for up to half-way through the agreed time.

A 20% partial payment is required as a placeholder if you want to secure a critique spot in my schedule, as I can only take a few critiques at a time.

APPLICATION

  • Your name
  • The genre and intended age-group of your piece
  • A sample of your writing style
  • What critique plan you are interested in
  • What you want to get out of this critique
  • Your familiarity with basic writing structure, theme, characters, and plot
  • Any questions you have about my services

Note: all services can be personalized when it comes to time and word counts.

Note: I can critique a wide range of writing styles. But if I feel yours is one I am not familiar with and couldn't give you the proper value for, I will let you know.

Click here to reserve your personalized critique


I had been working on my novel for a year before I signed up for the 6-month mentoring session. And while I was doing the best I could at writing, I knew I had come to the place where I needed someone more advanced to help me. This 6-month program exceeded what I expected I’d learn through it. I would most defiantly recommend taking it, it is by far worth it! I came out of it having most of the ‘behind-the-scene’ work figured out and ready to get back into writing!

Hope Ann was very patient with me and helped me through all the tough spots I came across. Overall, this mentoring time was a blessing in my life! 

– Kathryn Lapp (coaching student)


Disclaimer: I will help you to the best of my ability, but there are no magic bullets when it comes to writing. While I can help ensure a theme or plot is sound, the quality of the finished work will depend on the work the author is willing to put into their piece.

I also reserve the right to accept or reject students at my discretion at any time through the process. If there is ever a reason for coaching to be cut short, I will refund said student for any work not delivered.