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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Manuscript Consultation Continues!

Before we do the next annotation project, I thought I would just remind you guys that, if you enjoyed reading pages marked up with my notes, you can always plop down some money and see my notes on your very own text! I’ve had a big backlog for almost a year, but I’ve only got one job in the hopper right now, so you’ll get your notes a lot quicker (I had a ten week waiting list at one point!)

To reiterate the deal:

  • You email me your manuscript (novel, screenplay, teleplay, etc.) 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.
  • I also do documents under 20 pages, such as treatments, for a minimum of $40.

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 mostly let me know that they’ve been eminently satisfied.

My work has been about 50/50 between writers who have agents and writers who don’t (There are a few agents who sent their writers to me for notes.) It’s been tremendously gratifying to help some people hone their work until it gets them an agent and/or gets published (One author who took my notes got a starred review in PW when his book came out.)

So feel free to contact me at MattMBird@yahoo.com. Hopefully I won’t be too backed up when you get in touch.

5 comments:

James Kennedy said...

You might want to rethink the image at the top of this post!

Lucy is nothing but abusive to Charlie Brown -- indeed, has she ever given him good, non-belittling advice?

"Want to kick the football of your story through the field goal of your dreams? Don't worry, I'm here to pull it away at the last second, and make you flip humiliatingly on your back! EVERY TIME!"

Not a good look!

Matt Bird said...

I thought some of her advice was pretty good!

James Kennedy said...

CHARLIE BROWN: I have deep feelings of depression. What can I do about this?

LUCY: Snap out of it! Five cents, please.

Vlad said...

Hey Matt! I've benefited so much from your book. I'm currently re-writing a two act stage play. Are you comfortable and/or experienced in reviewing this kind of manuscript? I would probably have something ready within 2 or 3 months.

Matt Bird said...

Definitely, Vlad.