Novel Tune-Up Service

As a critique group trainer, I've seen hundreds of manuscripts by new authors. Some works are ready for an editor's eyes, but most aren't. With stacks of manuscripts crying for their attention, an editor's decision is often quick and based on the presentation and first few pages of the manuscript.

My evaluation of your novel will give you insights into what an editor will look for on those first few pages, so you can avoid the pitfalls of amateurs and present your work as a writing professional.


D. Read, writing mentor

Novel Starter Package includes:

FREE PDF Unique Conformity: Stand Out by Blending In (a $5 value)
A minimum 500-word evaluation of your first 1000 words. (a $25 value)

Novel Starter DELUXE Package includes:

FREE PDF Unique Conformity: Stand Out by Blending In (a $5 value)
A minimum 1000-word evaluation of your first 2000 words. (a $50 value)




That important first impression. . .

If an editor won't read past the first 1000 to 2000 words, it doesn't matter how good the rest of your story is. Many pre-published writers make similar mistakes that work like a huge neon sign for an editor to reject their work.

Friends and family can be part of a great support system for writers, but unless they have experience in the publishing industry, they might not see the top mistakes new writers make.

My goal is to give you an overview of how an editor might see your first few pages and advise you on ways to avoid an immediate rejection.

I'll analyze your first 1000 words (or 2000 with the deluxe package) and recommend ways to avoid that initial rejection. I want to help you polish up those important first words so editors can't resist reading more!

Looking for more? Try the Novel Kick-Off Package

If you want more than a written evaluation, sign up for a consultation time, and we'll discuss your novel in any way you choose. Ask questions. Bounce plot ideas off me, characterizations, writing craft questions, whatever writing problems you need help with.


Novel Kick-Off Package includes:

FREE PDF Unique Conformity: Stand Out by Blending In (a $5 value)
A minimum 500-word evaluation of your first 1000 words. (a $25 value)
A 30-minute consultation with me using Adobe Connect webinar software. (a $25 value)

Novel Kick-Off DELUXE Package includes:

FREE PDF Unique Conformity: Stand Out by Blending In (a $5 value)
A minimum 1000-word evaluation of your first 2000 words. (a $50 value)
A 60-minute consultation with me using Adobe Connect webinar software. (a $50 value)

PLEASE NOTE: My schedule is full until after the first of the year. I can't take on any new clients until after January 1, 2018. Thanks for understanding!


Available Packages


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Who Is D. Read?

Deb Read, a retired master teacher and publisher of teaching materials, has trained hundreds of new writers in the skill of critiquing. She currently runs a class for member witers each month for the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Her novel, The Family Secret, was a 2014 and 2015 Genesis Contest semi-finalist and a COTT semi-finalist. Her Renaissance 2040 was a 2015 Genesis Finalist in the Speculative Fiction category. She's authored fourteen readers for French and Spanish language learning students, numerous teaching material packets for world language teachers, and co-authored a book on biblical counseling.

**Please note: I will work with any genre except erotica. My speciality is fantasy and science-fiction.


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