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Manuscript Review And Editing Services Now Available

"I took away so much from our work together and I still refer to my notes. I've ordered The Art of Character and will keep it close at hand as I work on novel #2."
   —Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan's Inheritance (a #1 Indie Pick April 2015)

For more about Aline and her wonderful debut novel, listen to her interview with Lynn Neary on NPR's Weekend Edition.

Due to increasing demand from agents, editors, and students—and with the publication by Penguin of my book on craft, The Art of Character—I am now offering manuscript review and editing services.

"David Corbett is a fabulous teacher and editor and he was an incredible help with my novel, Kind Nepenthe (Black Rose, August 2017). He provided crucial assistance at both the rewrite and final editing stages, and his guidance and knowledge changed the way I look at the art of the novel. I've taken three of his LitReactor classes and they were incredible, helping me learn how to bring my characters to life, put their struggles on the page, and dramatically display their narrative arcs in the most effective ways possible. His depth of knowledge in the art of storytelling and the craft of fiction writing is nothing short of amazing. Hiring him to help me rewrite and edit my manuscript was one of the best decisions I made and it took my novel to a new level."
   —Matthew Brockmeyer

GREAT NEWS: Matthew's novel Kind Nepenthe received a wonderful review from Kirkus: "Thoroughly suspenseful and haunting. Brockmeyer's unsettling tale has an effectively slow buildup to an intense boiling point."

Writers who wish to have their work thoughtfully reviewed and carefully edited can choose one of the following options:

Synopsis Review:
Provide a one-to-five page* story synopsis of your work-in-progress and I will analyze it for thematic integrity and dramatic impact, with special attention to character arcs, reveals and reversals, and major plot beats. ($350)

Fifty-Page Full Review:
Submit the first fifty pages* of your work-in-progress and I will both line edit it and provide a detailed analysis assessing the strengths and needs of the set-up, story, plot, characterization, voice, pacing, theme, dialog, and marketability. ($1,000)

Full read-through with written assessment but without line edit:
Submit the entire manuscript and David will provide a detailed written assessment analyzing the set-up, story, plot, characterization, voice, pacing, theme, dialog, and marketability. (Minimum of $2,000, with $6.50 per page* after the first 300 pages.)

Full read-through with both line edit and written assessment:
Submit the entire manuscript and David will provide both a detailed line edit and a written assessment analyzing the set-up, story, plot, characterization, voice, pacing, theme, dialog, and marketability. ($15.00 per page*, based on average of 250 words per page; if manuscript exceeds this average, price may be negotiated.)

*Pages must be formatted as follows: double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point font.

Hardship pricing negotiable. Prices subject to change at any time.
For more information, contact me directly: david@davidcorbett.com

David's client, Katy Pye, won the Nautilus Book Awards "Silver" place in Young Adult Fiction, and First Place for fiction in Writer's Digest's 2013 Self-Published e-book Awards for her novel, Elizabeth's Landing.

Client Praise

"I first met David Corbett when he taught at Book Passage's Mystery Writers Conference. The depth of his knowledge and insight into the mystery genre was so impressive that I purchased, read, and re-read The Art of Character, a book that belongs on the desk of every writer.
Later I had the opportunity to work with David in development of two of my manuscripts. He burrowed into both projects with enthusiasm, helped me winnow away the debris, find my stories, and sharpen and deepen them.
All writers need a fresh perspective. Why not hire someone who cares deeply about your story?"
   —Keenan Powell, Author of the Maeve Malloy Alaskan Mystery series

"David was my instructor at Master CraftFest, a one-day writer's program connected with the ThrillerFest conference in New York. His critique of my work and his class instruction combined to give me one of the most valuable experiences of my fledgling fiction-writing career.
David's guidance helped me considerably in the final rewrite of my first novel, Naked Ambition, which reached the #1 spot in two of Amazon's thriller novel rankings and #3 in a third. It took me two and a half weeks to sell my first 1,000 books. I then sold 1,000 the following weekend, and 1,000 copies a week ever since, in addition to garnering dozens of stellar reviews.
David is one of the most incredible teachers I've ever encountered. If you're looking for instruction or manuscript services, do yourself a huge favor and reach out to David. He is an amazing instructor."
   —Rick Pullen

"I'm still jubilant over having snagged David Corbett to edit my forthcoming memoir recounting 20 years' work on a criminal case. His guidance on multiple levels made all the difference. David has X-ray vision when it comes to discerning the narrative arc of a story, and he's firm and persuasive at keeping you hued to the emotional core. He continuously pressed me to dig deeper into my feelings and gave me direction on how to express them. And his line edits are deft—less is more, and please cut that final, gild-the-lily line ... The man is gifted and an absolute delight to work with—simply the best."
   —Elaine A. Murphy, Senior Justice Fellow at Brandeis University's Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

"David's suggestions and insights have proven invaluable, not only in advancing my novel but in helping me evolve as a writer. After finishing some major revisions to my manuscript, I suspected it still needed work. But I had no idea what to do next. David provided a thoughtful and thorough blueprint for further revision. Additionally, his feedback has given me a better understanding of my strengths and challenges as a writer. David is an immensely talented novelist and a dedicated teacher, with a deep knowledge of the art and craft of novel writing. He brings these qualities and skills to his editing. I am enormously grateful to him and would highly recommend him as one of the best investments a writer could make in her or his career."
   —Dara C. Silver Spring, MD

"David's edit of my debut novel was masterful and yielded exactly what I was after—solid avenues for deepening my characters. Just as important, his scrutiny and keen story-telling skills opened my eyes to important structural holes I'd missed or ignored. A consummate professional, David listened to what I was hoping to accomplish, read my manuscript carefully and insightfully, praised my story's pluses, and offered valuable suggestions for improvement that were cleanly and clearly presented both in his written critique and our follow-up discussions. Together we created an invaluable tool—my editing road map. David Corbett is a sterling teacher, a delight to work with, and my first-call editor for all future projects."
   —Katy Pye, Mendocino, CA

"David is a person of high integrity. As I worked through his review of my manuscript, what impressed most was just how thoroughly he'd read my work. It was not a general review. He provided deep and specific feedback, with strong suggestions and clear guidance on point of view, character development, plot structure, voice and many smaller issues.
His notes taught me more about how to write a novel than anything else I can imagine."
   —Anthony Cain, San Mateo, CA

"Thank you so much for your extensive and thought-provoking notes, in particular your specific ideas on how to build the plot, how to stage the various reveals and character interactions, and how to build their arcs. Your insights let me see to the core of my story. You have given me so much more to work with than I expected. I'm thrilled that I was able have you review my manuscript and I can't wait to start rewriting!"
   —Sue P.


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