If you're interested in any of these services or have questions in general, please email:
devyaschildren @ gmail.com
Book Description (Blurb) Revisions and Writing
This is my strong suit. You can read more here.
Basic Book Blurb Rewrite:
This is where you’ve given it your best shot and you’re just not happy with it. I’ll give you comments on what’s working and what’s not working. Then, I’ll give you a suggested rewrite. I offer one revision because my first crack isn’t always on the mark for one reason or another. The original blurb could be misleading, incomplete, scattered, or something else entirely. Once I can fire enough questions at you to get a feel for your book, I can usually come up with a great blurb for you.
Cost of Basic Book Blurb Rewrite:
$30 Basic + 1 revision - I take your original, give suggestions, and offer a suggested rewrite + a revision of the revision
$10 Revision Package - Up to 3 more revisions
*Note: You used to be able to get $5 off by buying 5 Steps to Better Blurbs. That will no longer hold true once the book goes permafree, which will happen in the next few weeks (~1/22/18). Certain FB groups get a discount though, including my book blurb club.
Basic Book Description Generation from Notes:
Here, you provide me with an outline of your book (ie. the synopsis), notes about what you’d like the blurb to accomplish, and I’ll generate a description for you.
Normal rates for writing a book description:
$65 Blurb Generation + 1 revision - I work with the raw notes to write a description for you + a revision
$10 Revision Package - Up to 3 more revisions
Samples available upon request. Email: Devyaschildren@gmail.com
Eventually, I’ll need …
1) Your title and genre
2) Your existing blurb
3) Notes and anything else you think will give me a better feel for what you want from the blurb
4) Whether or not you want an invoice, a paypal link, or just the paypal email
"Julie is the Blurb Queen, able to polish and refine the author's content into prose that POPS." ~ Amy Shojai, Lei Crime Kindle World - Born to Love
"Julie has the ability to distill an author's idea into a statement that makes readers want to open the book." Scott Bury, LCKW - Torn Roots
"Julie is AWESOME at taking a nothing blurb and turning it into something completely excellent!!!" ~Amy Allen Hallmark, LCKW - The Girl and The Fireman series
"Julie has the eye and ear to take an author's idea from ordinary blurb to one that captures the essence of a story and the reader's imagination." ~ Janet Oakley, LCKW - SADDLE ROAD & COCONUT ISLAND
"Julie helped me transform my blurb from a summary of my story into an effective element of my book's sales funnel."
~ J. Philip Horne, The Guild of Sevens series
"As an author, your book blurb and the first few pages of your story are what readers see first. Julie is great at writing blurbs that hook readers and make them want to know more. Her 10 page critiques are also super helpful. I was so happy with my 10 pages, I ask her to critique my entire book. Give her services a try, so she can help you make a great first impression on your readers." -Mark Nolan, author of Dead Lawyers Don't Lie and Vigilante Assassin (Oct 2017)
$10 for 10-Page Manuscript Critique
Want a manuscript critique that won't break your bank?
I'm a multi-genre writer (YA scifi, fantasy, mystery, Christian mystery, and suspense/thriller). I'm also in Amazon's top 10-K reviewers without asking a single soul to up vote a review.
The genres mentioned are mainly the ones I'd prefer to work with, but I'm willing to do an initial 10 page sweep for $10 on most manuscripts, except horror and erotica. Also, I prefer "clean" works meaning minimal strong language and adult scenes.
How it works:
1) You email or PM your title, genre, and pitch/blurb and let me know you're interested in the 10-page manuscript critique.
2) I get back to you with an ETA of when I can deliver the critique.
3) You submit $10 via paypal and the first 10 pages of your manuscript by email (double spaced, TNR, 12 pt font)
4) I look at it and deliver the critique in the agreed upon time.
Things I'll look at:
- grammar (I'm not directly looking for these sorts of mistakes, but if something leaps, I'll make a note of it.)
- first impressions of character(s)
- whether as a reader I'd want to continue
Most people can get a sense of what needs work from the first few pages. (If these aren't perfect, you'll lose a reader anyway, so this is the important part.)
Turnaround time: varies by my workload. Generally, a 10 page critique should take 1-3 days.
Stipulation reminder: Manuscript must be clean ... as in minimal curse words; little "adult content"
I will not consider horror, erotica, romance, or (most) non-fiction. Sorry, I simply don't read these genres. Feel free to ask questions. (ie. A suspense book that has some romance in it is fine.)
Free author/narrator service. I will review your book. If it's right for the list, I will put it before the dozens of AE Edge Readers on the next available monthly newsletter.
A second chance at love
Brandi Stewart is a vampire and shifter who has had her share of heart break. Now divorced, she felt no need to return to a special city, a vampire city that she’d lived in for the last 4 years. She’d had no set destination but was drawn to Santa Fe where she found him.
Nikolas Davidson is a widower wolf shifter who had been searching for her, his true mate, since he’d first met her over 200 years ago. He never expected her to find him.
True love lasts through the ages … or does it?
Brandi Stewart, a vampire and (what animal) shifter, has experienced more than her share of heartbreak, terror, and loss over the centuries. But once upon a time, she found the love of her life. Circumstances made her forget him, but now she feels inexplicably drawn to the city of Santa Fe.
There she finds someone familiar … wolf shifter, Nikolas Davidson.
They first met over two hundred years ago. Little does she know, he’s been searching for her ever since.
Two centuries is a long time to lose touch. Can they rekindle the passion born so long ago?
Sample from Second Chances by Amy Allen Hallmark. Used with permission.