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Captain’s Log, Supplemental

Blog book giveaway:
My Monday book giveaway is SECRETS OF THE ROSE by Lois Richer.
My Thursday book giveaway is THE SIMPLE LIFE by Wanda Brunstetter.
You can still enter both giveaways. Just post a comment on each of those blog posts. On Monday, I'll draw the winner for SECRETS OF THE ROSE and post the title for another book I'm giving away.

Have your novel critiqued in August! Prices for the Story Sensei will increase as of September 1st. All you fabulous writers have until then if you’d like to have your manuscript critiqued at the old prices.

Current prices:

Novel Manuscript critique: $1 per 100 words (or 1 cent per word)

Novel Synopsis critique: $40

Novel Synopsis critique and condensation: $125
Service details: I will both critique your synopsis and cut it down to any number of pages or words it needs to be shortened. Synopsis can be up to 20 single-spaced pages. Price includes a second read-through after critique and revision.

Novel Proposal (not including sample chapters) and synopsis critique: $80
Service details: I will critique your proposal, which includes hook, bio, marketing analysis, etc. Proposal does NOT include sample manuscript chapters. Manuscript chapter critique is 1 cent per word in addition to the $80 fee.

Novel Query letter: $10 (free with full or partial manuscript critique)

New prices (starting September 1st):

Novel Manuscript critique:
I will be charging a flat rate based on your manuscript’s total word count.

1 to 3,000 words: $40
3,001 to 6,000 words: $75
6,001 to 10,000 words: $120
10,001 to 15,000 words: $175
15,001 to 20,000 words: $230
20,001 to 25,000 words: $275
25,001 to 30,000 words: $325
30,001 to 35,000 words: $370
35,001 to 40,000 words: $415
40,001 to 45,000 words: $450
45,001 words and above: 1 (one) cent per word, exact computer word count (not in increments)

Numbers above are your manuscript’s total word count, whether partial or full manuscripts. For manuscripts over 40,000 words, the prices for manuscript critiques are the same as the old prices.

For instance, if you’d like me to critique a partial manuscript of three chapters, 33,333 words, it would cost $370.

If your partial manuscript is only 8,765 words, then it would cost $120.

If you wanted your full manuscript critiqued and it’s a total of 80,765 words, it would cost $807.65.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me and I can give you a price quote.

Novel Synopsis critique: $60 (for up to 10 single-spaced pages)

Novel Synopsis critique and condensation: $185
I will both critique your synopsis and cut it down to any number of pages or words it needs to be shortened. Synopsis can be up to 20 single-spaced pages. Price includes a second read-through after critique and revision.

Novel Proposal (not including sample chapters) and synopsis critique: $100
I will critique your proposal, which includes hook, bio, marketing analysis, etc. Proposal does NOT include sample manuscript chapters. For manuscript chapter critique, see table above.

Novel Proposal (not including sample chapters), synopsis critique, and synopsis condensation: $220
I will critique your proposal, which includes hook, bio, marketing analysis, etc. Proposal does NOT include sample manuscript chapters. For manuscript chapter critique, see table above. I will both critique your synopsis and cut it down to any number of pages or words it needs to be shortened. Total number of pages for synopsis and proposal can be up to 30 single-spaced pages. Price includes a second read-through after critique and revision.

Novel Query letter (price does not change): $10 (free if included with any other service)

For more information on my services, go to my website.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I can hear the whining all the way here in California. Time is money, chickie-babies. I give an honest, thorough critique. I want to charge a fair rate so that I can give a good quality critique. I also need to eat.

Want to hear from clients? Go to my Endorsement page on my website. Robin Miller (The Critique Boutique) says I’m brilliant (I have proof! I saved the message on my answering machine). I also recently critiqued a synopsis for Shelley Bates (RITA finalist and winner), who is going to treat me to The Devil Wears Prada (or maybe The Lake House) because I did such a wonderful job. {Camy preens}


  1. Back before Camy got in the business she very generously used to rip my stuff apart for free. I can tell you I learned a lot from her. She very brilliantly reduced my attempts at local dialogue from unreadable to readable. She's worth every penny. I know where I'm going to go when I need something done and can afford it. :)

  2. I highly recommend all of Camy's services. I think she's brilliant, too!!!


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