Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction
Manuscript Evaluations & Consulting
My name is Julie Gray and I’m an author and a story consultant. I have done developmental editing for fiction and narrative nonfiction since 2005.
There is absolutely nothing like another set of eyes on your manuscript. I will evaluate your work and tell you when, where and how your manuscript can be more compelling, artful and true to your voice and vision. Are your chapters too long? Does the plot or theme wander off course? Is your narrative arc doing its job?
I generally have a waiting list but life happens, so drop me a line!
p.s. If you are new to writing, I am probably not the right editor for you. Please see my resources for all kinds of classes and tools to help you get your new writing career off the ground!
Is your manuscript ready to meet the world? Are you sure?
“Writing is hard” is the understatement of the century. Just getting the words down at all can be daunting. But now that you are done, is your manuscript good? Or – put another way, is it good enough? There is a lot of good writing out there; will your manuscript be competitive on the marketplace? Do you have a shot at attracting an agent? Or winning an award? I can help you find out what can be better.
Whether your write fiction or nonfiction, I will provide you with a comprehensive review of your manuscript to make sure you have written a compelling narrative that resonates with readers.
For Works in Progress
Are you feeling lost and confused about the premise, structure, pacing, dramatic beats, character work or thematic development of your manuscript? When you work with me, you’ll send me some sample pages and describe what you are struggling with. Then we’ll get on Zoom and talk it through. I can help you gain the clarity you need to get you unstuck and back on track!
For Completed Manuscripts
Are you wondering whether traditional or indie publishing is the right way to go for you? What is involved with each path? I am familiar with indie and traditional publishing, having moved from one to the other myself. I can help you make the right decision for you, with realistic expectations, a timeline, and budget.