Editorial Services​

For nearly 15 years, Leone Ross has been helping young (and not so young!) writers to work more effectively. Inspired by the theories of Sol Stein, Jack M. Bickham, Evan Marshall and Robert McKee, she often argues nothing she teaches is new or original. What she does bring to the work is an unerring passion, commitment and breadth of experience. She teaches adults and children, newbies and PHD students and her only criteria is hard work. If you would like her to help you to become a better writer, this is where and how and how much it costs.



There are two ways to work on a manuscript. Via (1) email report or (2) personal editorial meetings* or a combination of these two approaches. The editorial process can be tailor-made for the individual writer and his/her manuscript, but most choose one or more of the packages below. Please note that fees depend on word-count. Leone can work with fiction (short stories and novels) and non-fiction. She does not edit poetry.



** In most cases, fees are charged on a 50-50 split basis, first payment in advance, 2nd of delivery of report/discussion. Negotiation welcome.**

                                                                     

                                                               PLEASE NOTE: This work does NOT guarantee publication.

Option 1:

The Feedback Report

What is it?

Your manuscript is read thoroughly, and you receive a full report, including commentary on characterisation, plot and structure and the use of language. The report includes an overview document and a chapter-by-chapter breakdown, two 'follow-up' emails and an average of two addendum documents depending on the work (these can include specialised technical advice and suggested readings lists).

Best for those who like to work at their own pace, and want to have a written document to reference.
 

Short Stories

(a) 500-2,000 words
(b) 2,500-5,000 words


Novel/full length work
(a) 65,000-85,000 words
(b) 90,000-150,000 words

Option 3:

The Line Edit

What is it?



The manuscript is read thoroughly, then Leone Ross 'line edits' on the page (this means going through each line and suggesting changes or acknowledging strengths - considering characterisation, plot, language). The line edit is then posted back to you - this work must be done longhand on the page, but is perfectly legible.

This is the most detailed critique available, and includes an additional overview summary report - a mini version of Option 1. Writers must provide a hard-copy paper version of the document. You then have 2 weeks for any questions via email.

Best for student writers who want a detailed examination of the text.


Short stories
(a) 500 - 2,000 words

(b) 2,500-5,000 words


Novel/full length work
(a) 65,000-85,000 words
(b) 90,000-150,000 words



Payment plans are available and some negotiation is welcome.

Option 2:

The Conversation

What is it?

First your manuscript is read thoroughly, then you have a meeting (in person or via Skype) with Leone Ross during which the work is analysed and discussed. As in Option 1, we concentrate on the building blocks of literature: characterization, plot and structure and language.
Writers are advised to record the discussion.

 

Best for those who want the immediacy of one-to-one contact/a chance to ask many questions.


Short Stories

Consultation:  50 mins
(a) 500-2,000 words
 (b) 2,500-5,000 words

 

Novel/full length work

Meeting averages 3-5 hours, in several slots and can be completed in one day or over a period of time, as agreed.
(a) 65,000-85,000 words
(b) 90,000-150,000 words

Option 4:

Consultancy

 

What is it?

This is long-term work and perfect for those who want to go through a guided process. Student writers can have as many or few sessions as suit them, work to a flexible schedule and benefit from individualized tuition.

Initial Consultancy

Manuscript reading + 1 x 2-hour meeting to discuss material and plan redrafting schedule 

Redraft Meetings

These are 60-min feedback sessions, usually fortnightly or monthly, as agreed, in person or via Skype.
 

Best for writers who are working on a full-length manuscript and want an on-going editorial support system.