Content Coaching

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Description

All books published by Redemption Press will be evaluated through content coaching.

Editor evaluates the completed manuscript with a “ten-foot overview” as opposed to a line by line read and annotation, paying careful attention to ensure that all expected elements of a given genre have been presented in the book. Comments are made in the margins of and in the body of the manuscript itself, using track changes, so the author can see the concerns raised (and strengths mentioned!) on the page.

An encouraging short summary letter is sent to the author as well, outlining the coach’s findings. Language pitched at the right level? Do terms need explaining? Is work too long/short? A discussion of all issues raised, and solution strategies, will be offered in a coaching call or Skype meeting following the return of the manuscript – the author makes changes without editor participating in the writing, as differentiated from the Cooperative Rewrite.  The editor is free to use his or her experience as a guide in pointing out strengths and weaknesses, but elements common to a genre should be included (for example, historical details in a historical novel, age-appropriate dialogue in a YA novel). All books will be reviewed for common essentials (see lists).

The content coach will offer a sample 3-5page line edit on the manuscript before returning it to the author, strongly suggesting that a line edit would be something to consider adding to his or her package to have tighter, more focused, more readable book. If the author agrees, the book is line edited after revisions. If the author chooses to bypass a line edit, it will move to copy edit after revisions.

Fiction

  • Hooks and beginnings, including stakes
  • Outlines and structure and how critical they are to the success of the story
  • Setting and other sensory information
  • Character development, arcs, and likeability
  • Point of view, including deep point of view, and avoiding “head hopping.”
  • Developing and maintaining tension and suspense
  • Pacing and story flow
  • Dialogue
  • Active Voice vs. Passive Voice
  • Conflict: physical, emotional, interpersonal, and spiritual where appropriate
  • Plotting and plot logic, identification of plot holes and believability issues
  • Chapter and paragraph composition
  • A successful climax
  • Dénouement and satisfying conclusions
  • Takeaways


Nonfiction

  • Hooks and beginnings, including stakes
  • Outlines, book, and chapters structure and how critical they are to the success of your book.
  • Teaching arc of the book, from the first chapter to last
  • Each chapter focused on teaching one concept.
  • Book and chapters remain focused on concerns of the intended audience.
  • Illustrations with which reader can identify
  • Active Voice vs. Passive Voice
  • Tie in with scripture, appropriately used
  • Author identification with issue presented in each chapter
  • Resolution of illustration and identification within each chapter, and in book as a whole
  • Gentle challenge to reader in each chapter
  • Prayer, if desired
  • Common elements in every chapter. Uniformity.
  • Appropriate use of scriptural arc and inclusion within each chapter.
  • Chapter and paragraph composition
  • A successful climax
  • Dénouement and satisfying conclusions
  • Takeaways


Memoirs and Narrative Non-fiction

  • Combination of appropriate fiction and nonfiction elements: storytelling and teaching combined in one book.

Devotional

  • Illustration with which reader can identify
  • Tie in with scripture, appropriately used
  • Author identification with issue presented
  • Resolution of illustration and identification
  • Gentle challenge to reader
  • Prayer, if desired
  • Appropriate word count per devo

 

Content coaching fees are based on the word count of the manuscript. Normal price is .04 per word, initial 12.5% discount brings it to.035 per word.

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