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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Time to Hang Out My Shingle: Manuscript Consultation Begins!

So for a while now people have been hunting me down and hitting me up for paid manuscript consultation, and I’ve reluctantly complied, and gotten gratifyingly grateful feedback, but I’ve never committed to it …until now. No, I don’t just apply the checklist (you can do that yourself), I just do an organic evaluation.

I’ve been doing it all: screenplays, teleplays, and lots and lots of novels (my book agent has been having his clients hire me for consultation) which has gone surprisingly well, so try me out and I’ll probably handle what you want read. Here’s how it’ll work:
  • You email me your manuscript. In script format if it’s a script (pdf or Final Draft), or double-spaced 12 pt text (Microsoft word or rtf) if it’s prose.
  • You include an email telling me what you want to do with it and what sort of notes you’re looking for.
  • I read it and mark it up, usually about one annotation per page.
  • I then write you an in-depth editorial letter, about 4-8 single-spaced pages, with notes for pushing the manuscript in the direction you want it to go.
So what’s the price? $2 per page of your manuscript. So a 60 page TV pilot would be $120, a 120 page screenplay is $240, a 240 page novel manuscript is $480, etc. It’s not cheap, but it’s pretty comprehensive and my customers have always let me know that they’ve been eminently satisfied.

So here we are. We’ll see how many hits I get from this: maybe just a few, maybe just enough, or maybe too many, in which case I’ll let you know if what the turnaround time will be. So far I’ve been turning them around in about 2-3 weeks.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Let me know in the comments or email me! My email is MattMBird@yahoo.com. Please put “manuscript consultation” in the subject line.

7 comments:

Paul Clarke said...

I've been meaning to ask you this for so long, but thought it might be rude to ask.

Great news in my book. Thanks Matt.

Steve said...

Would you consider a short (quite short) story worth the time or are you only looking for longer works?

Matt Bird said...

Sure, send it on.

Paul Clarke said...

Great notes, if anyone was wondering.

Well worth the money.

And unlike many other services you know exactly who is doing the reading. I highly recommend anyone considering the service take the leap. You won't regret it.

Brian Malbon said...

Do you do novels? I'm about a third of the way through my second novel right now. I'd love to have a professional look over when is dope before I send it off

Brian Malbon said...

I mean when it's done. I already know it's dope.

Matt Bird said...

Sure, I've done lots of novels.