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Your project's budget and timeframe are discussed before any work starts so both parties know the payment schedule up front. Melissa is very reliable in honoring the final agreement on all projects.
Melissa Specializes in These Services:
Marketing/P.R. & Pitching Help
References for all services listed are also available upon request.
Writing for Hire: Need someone to write your web page content, article, press release, put together your press kit materials or book proposal, or do some other specific writing project? Talk to Melissa about how she can help!
Note: This service is for non-story writing or ghostwriting projects (see below for that).
Turn-around Time: Depends on project, but a timeframe will be set up at the start.
Fee: $50.00 per hour
Writing or Ghostwriting a Story: If you are looking for a writer or ghostwriter for your manuscript or script idea, please talk to Melissa about the specifics. Melissa enjoys helping others with their story ideas and prefers to be a writing coach and editor to help them write their own projects, however, if someone truly doesn't want to write their own story, she will consider working on it if it is unlike any of her own original work. (A nondisclosure agreement will be signed, and only the general idea needs to be discussed up front to know if it's a project she can work on.)
Turn-around Time: Depends on project, but a timeframe will be set up in a contract stating dates to finish the outline/treatment and each full draft.
Fee: Payment will depend on the project and will be a set flat fee instead of an hourly charge. (Payments will be made in installments as the project progresses.) A royalty agreement may be discussed as well, depending on the project and flat rate fee amount.
Note: No deferred payments or royalty-only assignments are accepted for writing or ghostwriting projects.
Editing can mean doing many different things (besides "writing," for actual writing is very different than editing, which is commenting on or correcting someone's writing), but overall it means doing whatever is needed for the project at a certain stage to improve it, such as:
Copyediting: This is correcting the grammar and proofing the overall final manuscript lay-out. It is normally done at the final stage of a project.
Note: The Chicago Manual of Style is used for all copyediting work dealing with grammar.
Fee: $30.00 per hour (on all manuscripts, and the timeframe is discussed up front based on length)
Developmental (Structural) Editing: This is more extensive, detailed, line-by-line notes for revising an existing manuscript's plotlines and characters to make the story stronger overall and is normally done at the beginning of projects once a first full draft is completed. It can also include recommending deleting or moving sections around if needed, identifying "holes" in the story, reviewing syntax of the sentences (meaning the author's writing style/voice), and stating where the story needs to be made stronger or clearer. Sometimes this kind of editing can even be done using only ideas and notes to create an outline for the first draft of a manuscript to then be written.
Fee: $50.00 per hour (on all manuscripts, and the timeframe is discussed up front)
Note: This does not include any writing or ghostwriting on the project by Melissa (as the editor she will make notes necessary for you to do the necessary revisions of the project as the writer).
Note: For book manuscripts only a "per page rate" for all editing work may be discussed after the initial manuscript evaluation is done (though a "by the hour" rate may still be best to use, Melissa can give you an estimate for each so both rates can be compared).
Per page rates range between $5-$7 for copyediting and $8-$10 for structural editing, depending on the actual work involved (which can be determined by the manuscript evaluation).
Script Consulting: This is the first step for most projects, and sometimes the only step necessary. It entails evaluating a finished manuscript, either in it's first draft stage or last draft stage (normally to see if anything was missed before sending a project out). Melissa's general overall story notes on plotlines, structure, characters, and dialogue are written directly on your manuscript pages for your review.
Note: It is not a line-by-line type of detailed, structural edit, but rather an "overall review" of all the things that would later be covered more in depth in a structural type of edit. It is basically an "overall evaluation" of the project in it's current state. This kind of evaluation gives both parties a solid idea of what needs to be done next, how much work it will entail, and how long it should take to accomplish.
A complementary, 1 hour consultation on the phone or Skype to go over any further questions you may have about the notes is "gifted" to all script consulting clients (regularly $50.00).
Turn-around Time: Normally 3-5 days from time project is received with 2/3 of payment (except for book manuscripts, which take longer and the timeframe is then discussed based on the length). The other 1/3 of payment is due once the manuscript is returned to you.
One Act Play (up to 70 pages): $250.00
Two or Three Act Play (90 to 120 pages): $350.00
Half Hour TV Script: $250.00
One Hour TV Script: $325.00
Short Film (up to 30 pages): $150.00
Short Film (31 to 60 pages): $250.00
Screenplay (90 to 110 pages): $350.00
Book Manuscript: $1.50 per page, evaluation only (250 words per page, New Times Roman Font, DS)
Whatever your specific writing needs are, Melissa will work with you to help you achieve them by discussing whatever concerns you, be it a specific project you want to start or are stuck on, goals for your project after it is finished, or whatever else you want to learn.
Sessions are done over the phone or Skype and can be scheduled for up to 2 hours at a time. You can schedule a one-time session, or schedule them weekly if you need more inspiration and guidance to help you get through a project from start to finish.
Fee: $50.00 per hour
Monthly Special: Book 1-2 hours a week within a 4 week timeframe for $180.00 (A $20.00 savings!)
Need help researching for a specific project? Melissa is a fast, efficient, and focused research assistant. She also loves learning, so all topics interest her! She has done research for projects on many subjects including historical events, people's biographies, home building trends, and data points/statistics needed to make commentaries on radio and/or TV about particular topics.
Turn-around Time: Depends on the project, but usually within a few days of getting the assignment.
Fee: $40.00 per hour
Marketing/P.R. & Pitching Help
Need help building an individualized “platform” for your project (and yourself, if applicable), once it’s ready? Melissa has done this for several clients. She can do your press releases, collect quotes for testimonies, submit your work for review, and help create a marketing plan for your project.
Or, if you prefer to learn how to do it yourself, she can also teach you how to pitch and/or launch your project once it’s ready. Melissa will go over what an individualized project pitch and/or launch should include for your specific project's medium and help you get ready to do everything on your own. She'll go over what a “pitch” and/or launch actually is (and the difference between the two), show you how to get information about seeking what you need (such as testimonies, reviews, or even representation), show you how to determine where the best markets to submit your work are, and teach you how to write and send out your own query letters, book proposals, and pitch materials. She can also teach you about contests to enter to gain recognition of your work and how to create a press kit once you have enough material if you are doing your own project launch and marketing. You can use her experience as a "guide" to know all the right steps!
Fee: $50.00 per hour
RUSH ORDERS are available on any of the above services for an additional 10% fee.
GIFT CERTIFICATES are also available so you can give the gift of inspiration to your favorite wordsmith!
Interested in seeing if Melissa can help you with your writing needs?