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In a Critique, I read the entire work and evaluate its premise, structure, plot, character development, pacing, style, and marketability. (The categories vary slightly for nonfiction.) Just as importantly, I can give you a fair, friendly and honest analysis of what it would take to bring the manuscript to a publishable state. If you're just starting out with an idea and have a draft, this is the place to begin. Critiques are priced at $200 for the first 10,000 words of MS + $50 for each additional 10,000 words. (Ex: a word count of 75,000 = $525.)

If you have gone through the Critique process with me and revised your heart out, we can move on to Editing. In contrast to a Critique, when I edit I offer both error-corrections and suggestions for improving the structure, style and flow. Editing begins* at $200 per 10,000 words of MS. (Ex: a word count of 75,000 = $1,500)  MSS that have already been Critiqued by me will receive a credit of that amount toward Editing of $100.

(*MSS in greater need of basic copyediting will be charged at a higher rate.)

New to writing and/or publishing and just need advice? You don't need a completed MS--just show me what you've got and tell me where you'd like to go, and we'll get you moving. Creative consulting hours may also be used as supplements to the Critique or Editing services. Creative consulting is available via phone, chat, or Skype at $60 per hour.


Have a great idea, but you need help putting it into words? Want to novelize a screenplay? I do the writing; you get the credit. Contact me for a consultation. Rates vary by project.

College Essay Editing

What editor worth her salt isn't asked to look over some college essays? Colleges report record application numbers, so help your high school senior put his/her best application forward! Not only will I fix grammatical and typographical flub-ups, but I will comment and make helpful suggestions on style, structure, and content. $50 per essay.

Email me at christinadudley@gmail.com. Include in your text the title, length (word count, not page length), and subject of your book, as well as which service you are interested in. Please paste in the body of the message the first page of the story itself. I look forward to learning about your work!

With all YourBestBookForward courses and services, Visa, Mastercard, and Paypal are accepted.