Gail's manuscript evaluation service is for writers at all levels of experience: emerging writers, self-published authors or published writers with one or more books published by a traditional publishing house.
This developmental edit focuses on the big picture (story and structure, point of view, character development, voice) but also includes notes on the finer elements of craft. Writers can expect at least ten pages of indepth notes on their project and will have the opportunity to engage in a one-on-one brainstorming session with Gail by email.
Gail also offers help in navigating the often confusing, intimidating and ever-changing publishing world, with tips on getting your book out there.
To see what writers have to say about Gail's developmental edits and mentorships, please click on praise.
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“Gail’s fiction course was the best class I have ever taken. Full stop. Her notes and analysis were invaluable and I still use the creative exercises she shared with us.”
-- Elle Wild, #1 bestselling author of Strange Things Done and winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel.
"Gail is nothing short of an editing genius. She has the rare ability to give feedback laced with compassion, appreciation and respect. She offers clear notes and astute questions that will inspire you to go back to the page and transform your narrative, words and characters in truly remarkable ways."
-- Maggi Feehan, author of The Serpent’s Veil (Thistledown Press, 2009).
"I consider working with Gail a master class in plotting. Her comments and suggestions on my historical novel were concise, in-depth, and nailed every issue.
Perhaps there’s no greater proof of a manuscript editor’s work than when the writer they mentor gets a publishing contract, but what I found most valuable was applying Gail’s insightful comments when I began to plot a new book. Her voice has been in my head as I write my first draft. Working with Gail has been a gift that keeps on giving."
-- Maia Caron, author of Song of Batoche
"Gail has a firm grasp on what effective mentorship looks like: supportive, challenging, fully engaged. Immediately Gail got to the heart of my novel’s problem and then worked with me to find possible solutions, pushing my craft to a higher level and deepening my understanding of narrative structure. It was nothing short of a shattering breakthrough.”
-- Jennifer Manuel, bestselling author of The Heaviness of Things That Float
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