Can’t get started? Need a fresh take on your manuscript? Think you’re ready for an agent?
Let an experienced editor help you achieve your writing goals. Whether you’re a seasoned author or a beginner, whether you’re looking for a critique, a proofread, a full rewrite, or help getting your book into print, Chrysalis offers a full suite of author services from concept to publication.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can… begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Johann Wolfgang Goethe
It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. Mark Twain
Our critiques, though sensitive, are not for the faint of heart. When you hire Chrysalis Editorial to evaluate your fiction or non-fiction manuscript you will receive an honest, in-depth and constructive response. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript will help jump-start your revision process.
(For queries and book proposals, please scroll down.)
For all manuscript (ms) critiques, both fiction and non-fiction, you will receive:
For a novel or short story, the comments include:
For short and full-length memoir, the comments include:
Note: memoir is not the same as an autobiography. A memoir is a slice of one’s life, not a cradle-to-present-moment story. It is thematic, not a comprehensive account of your life.
For non-fiction, the comments discuss:
Book Proposals & Query Letters
We assist authors in crafting successful book proposals for their non-fiction manuscripts. We are skilled in evaluating each aspect of the proposal—fromoverviews, to chapter summaries, to market competition, to building an author platform. We can help you create your proposal from scratch or revise an existing one.
For novel, memoir and short story collections you don’t need a book proposal, you do need a complete manuscript and a compelling query letter. We’ve written and edited scores of query letters and welcome the opportunity to help you compose one that will draw an agent’s attention.
What to do: Click here to email firstname.lastname@example.org the following information:
Chrysalis Editorial provides coaching services for a variety of clients. Whether you live locally or remotely*, we offer ongoing, one-on-one guidance to enhance your writing and to complete your writing project, whatever it may be (novel, short stories, memoir, non-fiction, proposal, etc). We can work with you to move from concept to completion, or we can help you improve your overall writing skills.
Even if you don’t have a particular project in the works, our coaching services can offer tailored assignments and critiques.
Most importantly, working with a writing coach can help you achieve your writing goals and get published.
No matter what your project, we will help you:
If you are working on a specific non-fiction project, you will receive assistance in everything from brainstorming and outlining your work to editing each page and chapter, as well as development of the proposal and author platform.
If you are working on a novel, memoir or short story collection**, you will receive critiques on your project’s fictional elements (characters, plot, dialogue, voice, point-of-view, etc.) to help both you and your writing stay focused. You will receive feedback on each chapter or revision. We can alsogive you assignments to move your work along at the pace you want.
If you’re simply hoping to improve your writing (but don’t have a particular project in mind), we can provide you with exercises and promptsfocused on the areas of your writing that need the most improvement. You will receive feedback and constructive criticism for each of your writing samples.
You can improve your writing no matter what your schedule or location. We can work with you in person or remotely*, via Skype, email and telephone.
*We Skype with clients in Illinois, Vermont, California, and other parts of the US, not to mention in places as far flung as Italy and Holland. Recent clients include a psychologist, a university professor, a healthcare consultant, and a full-time writer. Projects range from novels, memoir and book-length non-fiction to short stories and essays.
**Perhaps you have a great idea for a story, but don’t have the time to write it. Or maybe you’ve written half of your novel or memoir and can’t find motivation to finish it. If this sounds more like you, then our ghostwriting services might be what you’re looking for.
**If you have already written your entire piece and just want feedback, our manuscript critique services may be just what you need.
What to do: Click here to email Chrysalis (email@example.com) a description of your project and a time we can talk to discuss your needs. We find it faster, better, and easier to discuss by telephone (or Skype) the details of such an undertaking.
Does one of the following fit your situation?
Well, don't panic. Chrysalis Editorial's Ghostwriting Service can help you and your project reach the finish line. Herta has worked with a variety of clients on assignments that have varied from letters to partial chapters to full-length books.
One of the most important considerations in such an endeavor is to feel a rapport with your "ghost." Remember, this is a collaborative effort. I will be committed to developing a good rapport with you, to "channel" your feelings and your perspective, and build an understanding of the vision you have for the book. Under your direction, we'll complete the project so that what appears on the page is in your voice, or one that you specify.
Ghostwriting is becoming increasingly more popular. Some sources say that up to 40% of published books were written by someone other than the listed author. (Greg Mortensen's Three Cups of Tea, for example)
What to do: Click here to email Chrysalis (firstname.lastname@example.org) a description of your project and a time we can talk to discuss your needs. We find it faster, better, and easier to discuss by telephone the details of such an undertaking. Besides, it's the first opportunity for us to establish that all essential rapport mentioned above.
Perhaps you’ve finished your final draft, and you are ready for a copy edit. Chrysalis Editorial offers several levels of editing services, depending on your need.
From our perspective, there are three levels of editing: copy editing, line editing, and developmental editing. For our purposes, we consider developmental edits the same as a manuscript critique. So if that’s the service that best suits your needs, I suggest you see our MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE SERVICE.
Often, writers request a combination of copy edits and a manuscript critique. While we charge differently for these two services, the fee is reduced when they are done simultaneously. However, we usually don’t recommend joining a copy edit with a critique. The reason is simple – if you are still in the revision phase, line edits may very well end up on the cutting-room floor. Hence, a waste of your money. Best to wait until after you’ve finished the final rewrite.
A basic level of editing, which corrects errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Copy editing does not address the content or quality of your writing – it solely corrects technical errors.
A more detailed line-by-line process of editing, which corrects spelling, grammar and punctuation, but also includes suggestions of improvement in syntax, style, word choice and language register or diction, and paragraph and sentence construction.
Whether your project is a full-length novel, short fiction, an essay, or a work of non-fiction, our copy and line editing services will whip your piece into shape. This is what most manuscripts need before submitted to agents, publishers, literary magazines, professors, etc.
What to do:
Click here to email Chrysalis (email@example.com) the following information
You’ve done it. You’ve finally finished your book. Sending it out to agents and publishers should be the easy part, right? Well, let us enlighten you: querying good agents may not seem as mentally draining as writing the actual book, but it’s no easy task.
First, you need to cull a list of agents that are interested in the kind of book you’ve written. Then you need to write a strong query letter or book proposal,* find the correct email or street addresses of the agents you want to send to, make sure each letter is addressed accordingly…and what about the process of contacting a publisher directly?
It’s an exercise that can keep even the most dedicated writers from moving their manuscript off their desktop and into print. At the very least, it’s certainly less fun and can take weeks – valuable time you could be spending (dare we say it?)…writing your next book!
Let Chrysalis Editorial help you.
Herta Feely’s ability to give agent advice is well-developed. She worked as the executive editor of a literary agency, where she received and read hundreds of query letters and manuscripts. Having had her own work published, having searched for an agent, and having represented authors have all enhanced her understanding of the publishing world.
With Chrysalis you’ll feel confident that your manuscript is in the proper form, that your query letters are enticing, and that the agents you approach are legitimate. We will take care of it all, including giving you advice on how to negotiate fees and avoid scams.
Note: This service does not guarantee that you will find an agent. Every agent receives hundreds of manuscripts, and anyone who guarantees that yours will be chosen from the slush pile is not telling the truth. But we will do everything in our power to make the grueling process more manageable.
Visit our Resources for Writers page for more tips on finding an agent
*For fiction and memoir, you don’t need a book proposal. You do need a complete manuscript and a compelling query letter. We’ve written scores of query letters and welcome the opportunity to help you compose one that will draw an agent’s attention.
For non-fiction we assist the author in crafting successful book proposals.