Nathan Bransford, Author

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Private Publishing Consultations

NB: My friend and colleague Christine Pride, who I’ve mentioned here before, is now offering private one-on-one consultations for writers! Christine has worked for Random House and Hyperion and edited eight NY Times bestselling books, so she knows her stuff. And I'm speaking from personal experience, I hired her to edit my guide to writing a novel. 

Grab a session to get some personalized advice. Here’s Christine's note:

Do you have an idea for a book or a stumbling block in your plot that you’d like to get an editor’s take on? Would you like some topline feedback about your query letter? Do you have questions about how to get an agent or next steps for your project?

I’m offering a limited number of one hour Skype or phone sessions from February 10th to February 15th. This is your chance to have one-on-one time with an industry veteran to get individualized advice, information and answers.

You can sign up by emailing me at Consultations costs $200, paid via Paypal. I am happy to read material in advance of our conversation (for example, a query letter or sample from your work, up to 25 pages), for an additional $25.

Please sign up by Friday February 7th.

I’m really looking forward to talking to you about your ideas and your writing goals and offering helpful consultation!


Meg said...

$200??? For one hour???

Nathan Bransford said...


Editing costs vary a lot, and Christine is a highly experienced editor. Here's a post on things to consider when considering someone to edit your work: said...

My first thought was that it's actually a hell of a good deal for someone of her caliber. She would probably usually charge $200 per hour of work, and here she's pre-reading up to 25 pages (for $225 total), thinking about it & making notes prior to the call, then actually spending an hour with you-- I figure her actual time spent is more like 2-3 hours, so a $600 value for $200-- over 60% off. And I'm not shilling for anyone, I speak from the experience of hiring a great outside editor-- worth every cent for me. And it's cheaper than paying for a conference and then paying for the 5 min agent or editor consult, right?

Robyn Lucas said...

What a great opportunity. Well worth it, in my opinion.
Thank you so much for putting this together, Nathan.

Christine Pride said...

Thanks Nathan so much for posting this! I really struggle to come up with a fair price for my work, no easy feat. But I am a very hands on and passionate editor and advocate and as with any professional service or consultation, I hope my advice and feedback will be extremely and tangibly useful in one's writing career. I take what I do and helping aspiring writers very seriously and it's my hope (and goal) that you'll find our one on one time worth every penny. :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I wish those who can afford it all the best. Everyone should charge what they're worth and if Christine is worth $200 bucks for an hour. What the heck, go for it.

Ellie Anthony said...

Thanks so much Nathan for posting this opportunity.

Much appreciated.

John Stanton said...

Like doctors and other consultants, the advice is only worthwhile if it is heeded. It's amazing how many artists are the center of their own world.
I would love an hour of her time. I'll have to ask Santa next Christmas.

Mick Rooney said...

As a publishing consultant, I'm always amazed at how presumptious some writers will be in expecting you to give up a half hour or hour of your time for a one on one for nothing - whether by email, Skype or in person - to respond to them in detail. None of my commercial clients would ever assume I should work for next to nothing! And that's with running a website with a fast amount of information and resources for free already!

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