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Manuscript Evaluation—Objective feedback is what you will receive with a manuscript evaluation of your fiction or nonfiction work, and it can be customized to include what you most want evaluated, Manuscript evaluations typically include overall commentary on the manuscript, completeness and coherence of the text, content organization, editing needs, and repetitive writing peccadilloes, With fiction, it also includes comments on theme, plot, setting, characters, and dialogue (as needed).


Developmental Editing—Whether the project is still just a concept, in process, or in rough manuscript stage, you may be stuck or just want professional help to tighten, improve, or expand upon your work. Developmental editing will do just that . . . and give you the encouragement and mentoring you need to blast forward with your work.


Technical/Mechanical Editing—Yes, even seasoned authors need good editors on their teams! This is the nuts and bolts editing that corrects errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting, and similar technical elements of the work. It also checks for consistency of style and word use (incorrect, inappropriate, repetitive, slang, and just plain painful).


Substantive Editing—The more holistic the edit, the cleaner the manuscript will be. Substantive editing includes the elements of technical/mechanical editing but expands beyond them. The manuscript is edited for content, organization, tone, voice, completeness, accuracy, sequencing, and other core elements of style. Plot, character, setting, point of view, conflict, symbolism, and theme are also considered, as well as dialogue, with fiction. Whether fiction or nonfiction, substantive editing includes alternative wording of sentences or entire passages, where appropriate—in a way that is sensitive to maintaining the author’s voice.


Proofreading—Every work needs a final look before heading off to the interior designer. A manuscript that has been through iterations of author edits and rewrites, as well as developmental and substantive editing (sometimes by multiple editors), still needs proofreading to ensure that all errors have been caught. A final edit will accomplish that.


Need more help than editing can provide? From helping your craft business materials that communicate what you want to say and make you look good in the process to ghost writing and writing collaboration, Dragonheart can help!


Mentoring, Consulting, and Project Managment

Unlocking What Is Within: Getting Started/Getting Unstuck

Have a book within you but don't know how to get started? Started a book but are stuck? Dragonheart will help you unlock what is within. 


MentoringYou don’t have to do it alone. In fact, most writers—seasoned, nascent, and everyone in between—need guidance, encouragement, tutoring, and inspiration to move the ideas rattling around in their brains onto the page and out into the world. Think of mentoring as having a big sister who cares almost as much about you and your writing dreams as you do.

DevelopmentWant help developing characters, plot, or other elements of your fiction project or help developing the concept, content, or structure with your nonfiction project? That's what development consulting and mentoring is all about. 

Moving the Project ForwardMaybe you're working on a project and want to stay motivated and accountable. Perhaps you also want an expert who can answer questions and help you solve problems as you work. Dragonheart can help you stay motivated and keep your project moving forward. 


Post-Writing and Project ManagmentHurrah! The manuscript is written. Editing is in process or done. Now you need help with next steps: interior/cover design, printers, e-book, website, ISBN/Library of Congress numbers, or marketing strategy. Projects can be overwhelming and confusing, particularly for new authors. We have resources you can trust to turn your writing into a finished product that will wow your audience.  


CustomizedWant to customize a writing/publishing mentoring program with Dragonheart? We can do that!


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