Description of Services and Pricing
I offer a full manuscript critique which includes extensive margin notes in track changes, as well as a comprehensive editorial letter discussing the main concerns and my primary advice for a revision. The margin notes would mostly offer thoughts on character and plot development, structure and macro issues with some light line editing but no copyediting. The editorial letter will summarize these points and offer recommendations for moving forward in your revision. The letter will dig into some of the more nuanced ideas on specific characters, plot points, structural challenges, voice, and everything you need to take your novel to the next level and tell the story you want to tell as effectively as possible.
You will also be welcome to email me for clarifications after receiving the notes, and we could do up to 2 thirty minute skype session of talking through things and brainstorming, if necessary. I would also be happy to do a critique of a query letter when you are ready to send it out to agents.
I can offer this– everything listed above– for $800 for up to 80,000 words (a standard YA manuscript length) with an extra $40 for every 5.000 words after that.
I also offer a week-by-week option, for the same pricing, with the same word count stipulations, for up to 8,000 words a week for ten weeks. I think it’s important to embrace each writer’s individual process, and this option works better for some writers.
Please contact me to discuss which option might be best for you: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a YA and MG author, educator, playwright, and former publishing professional. I taught five semesters of classes on YA Novel Writing at Mediabistro and currently teach young writers through Writopia. I started working in children’s publishing in 2009, where I worked for literary agents, literary scouts, book packagers, and literary magazines. I have my MFA in Writing for Children from The New School.
My strengths are in character development, scene work, plot and structural overhauls, and emotional arcs. I am comfortable in all genres, and my style is intensive and encouraging– I want you to write the story YOU want to write, while also giving the reader an unforgettable and satisfying experience. I’ll make large scale recommendations, and also look at your voice, style, and pacing. I like to give my students every possible option, make large, scary, challenging recommendations, and also address the small moments, which are just as meaningful, if not more so.
Feedback from Students:
Having the opportunity to work with Corey Ann Haydu was a gift to both me and my writing. Corey offered smart, actionable feedback and incredible insight into my work. Working with Corey left me feeling inspired, challenged, and encouraged; she is a truly gifted writer and teacher.
Jennifer Maschari, author of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE
Corey Ann has a deep and current understanding of the writing craft. She steps away from cliches in her instruction and instead frames craft concepts in fresh, approachable ways. She has an infectious passion and enthusiasm, paired with a deft critical eye. She asks great questions, and challenges you to really push yourself so your work will shine.
Corey’s feedback was invaluable. Her notes were intuitive and clear, and gave me the tools I needed to take my story to the next level. I’d work with her again in a heartbeat.
Lauren Spieller, THE WANDERINGS OF DESSA ROSE
Corey has been a continuous source of inspiration, and her patience in working with me as a new writer of YA fiction has been very helpful. Her encouraging but honest editing comments were very easy to follow and consistently emphasized the kinds of craft and content decisions that I needed to make to arrive at a draft that I could be confident about.
Working with Corey has been the driving force to not only finishing my novel but, with Corey’s valuable insights and feedback, revising my novel to be as polished as possible before I seek representation.
I was at the point in my writing where I knew querying was the next step, but I was on the fence about how some of the scenes were playing out in my manuscript. I decided to take this to the next level and reached out to Corey. Exchanging chapters each week, Corey’s feedback has been invaluable. It was much more than just clarification notes or suggesting how to change something. Instead, Corey presented probing questions that forced me to sit back and think about the direction I could take my work, eventually hammering out those areas that were giving me trouble. Because of her feedback and encouragement, I felt confident in querying, resulting in an offer to publish.
Kelley M. (writing as KD Proctor)