"Desiree has guided me on my journey of discovery and writing with a patient and kind sensibility."


Manuscript Critiques & Private Consultations

In addition to group sessions, I am proud to offer the following services for individual writers. Email me for details.

Manuscript Critiques

For those who desire substantial feedback before their next revision or beginning the publishing phase.

An overall review of your manuscript will include detailed responses and suggestions in the following areas:

  • Opening
  • POV
  • Plot & Pacing
  • Setting
  • Characterization
  • Dialogue
  • Basic Grammar & Punctuation (does not include line edits) 

Fees: A manuscript critique costs approximately $5.00 per 1,000 words for books over 10,000 words. (Ex: 66,000 word count = $360 for a full critique). Works 10,000 words or less are $75.

You have the option of sitting down for a one on one meeting where we would discuss and go over my responses and any questions you may have. Email or Skype also available.


Writing Coach


Private Sessions: in person or online via Skype

I have met many writers who have specific projects they would like to work on - family histories, life experiences they want to share, or a story line that has stayed with them for years. In our sessions we will outline a project plan and set due dates. Exercises, readings and prompts will help move you towards a completed project.


For each session I will read up to 45 pages (double spaced, 12pt font) and provide written feedback. During our sessions, we will go over your pages together and I will suggest changes and also offer exercises and other options designed to help you move forward.


Per session fee: up to 20 pages per session: $65

                        20 - 45 pages per session: $80


Get 4 sessions for $235 or $295 (paid in advance)


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