FAQ

I’ve collected here the most common questions I’m asked on a regular basis, either on social media or at conventions and conferences. This is an on-going and growing list.

Do you only work with fiction novel manuscripts?
No, though they’re the most common. I can also work with screenplays, teleplays, short film storyboards, Youtube channels, marketing campaigns, Kickstarters. The shorthand I go by is “If it has words, I can work with it.”

What genres do you work in?
All of them. Though I have the least amount of experience with poetry – I just don’t see enough of it on a regular basis to consider myself anything of an expert.

How do I schedule a coaching session?
It’s determined based on your schedule. You choose the date and time, and we can adjust as needed. This is for your benefit, so we can use the hour however you like. To schedule a session, visit the Coaching page.

How do I pay for coaching?
When we’re done, I send you an invoice through either Paypal or Google Wallet, unless we’ve made other arrangements.

How far in advance can we book coaching sessions?
I take appointments up to 3 months in advance.

What do I need to get started for coaching?
If you haven’t taken a look at the Coaching page and its free 30-minute offer, start there. If you have, all you need is a question or idea you want to start with, and then send me an email.

Can you help me with writer’s block?
I sure can. Writer’s block, motivation, decision making – those are three cornerstones of coaching.

Can you help me figure out why my submission got rejected?
I can absolutely offer you my professional opinion and advice, and while that might not be the specific reason for the rejection, I’m confident I can help you.

Can you help me get an agent?
I can help you find possible agents, and I can help you get into a position to get in front of them, but ultimately their decision to represent you is up to them.

Are you an agent?
No, I’m not. Thought about it once in 2000, but it just wasn’t in the cards.

Do you do sample edits? How am I supposed to know if we’ll work well together?
I don’t make a habit of doing sample edits if you and I have never spoken previously. I prefer we exchange emails first, talk about the sort of help you need and how I can provide it before starting to look straight at the manuscript or media in question.

What’s your average turnaround for a manuscript?
Since not all manuscripts are the same length or possess the same issues therefore needing the same work, I can’t make a blanket statement like that. I can say the average amount of time over the last 2 years for projects between 60,000 and 110,000 words has been around 24-30 days, and that includes a round of revisions and multiple email exchanges.