Do you have a manuscript that needs a professional review before you hand it over to the publisher? Even best-selling authors will hire other authors to read through their book and make concrete suggestions to improve sections, chapters, dialogue, scenes and structure. Now you can make use of a professional writing coach to make your book great! Joseph Chinnock has worked with short story writers, novelists and memoirist to hone their manuscript for submission to agents and the big six publishing companies.
Here’s how it works. Word Smiths is a network of writing coaches who are graduates of the best MFA writing programs – including the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. We developed Book Lab to help authors get their manuscript completed with the help, coaching and support of a published and award winning author. We have worked with soldiers returning from Afghanistan, surgeons showing the behind the scenes reality of hospitals and dozens of everyday people with a story to tell. Our world class writing coaches who will get their manuscript finished in as little as two to four months. Joseph Chinnock will help coordinate you with the perfect writer, editor or agent to make your dreams of becoming a published writer a reality.
We also work with non-fiction authors who want a book to help build their platform through referral, workshops and/or classes. Pastors, investment advisors, weight loss and exercise professionals, lawyers, counselors, anyone with a system to improve people’s lives can put together a book, with the help of one of our coaches, in a relatively short period of time which means more business for you. We have also worked with entrepreneurs putting together pitches for ventures capitalists, investors and banks as well as business plans and web copy.
With adjustments for manuscript style, content, and intent, our coaches will help you maximize the effectiveness of the manuscript and includes such elements as:
Diagnosing and suggesting corrections for problems inherent in manuscript, including:
Chronic style or technical writing issues that detract from manuscript’s overall effectiveness
Tracking the continuity of the narrative, including story, setting, and character traits, and querying discrepancies Making recommendations to correct structural and organizational imbalances across the narrative Responding to specific requests from publisher or author to suggest macro-level reshaping including cutting excess text
Joseph Chinnock will also provide written review of your entire manuscript focusing on strengths, weaknesses and concrete fixes. Likewise they will go through several pages of your manuscript ‘fixing’ sentences, as well as explaining why these changes improve the manuscript. These edits don’t specifically address grammar but rather teaches craft skills so you can produce a polished piece of prose.
About Joseph Chinnock
Joseph Chinnock is a freelance writer specializing in literary theory, post-modern literature, memoir and film.