NANCY OSA EDITORIAL/
…Book Preparation from the Ground Up
© 2015 by Nancy Osa, all rights reserved.
MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION by a professional is the best means of assessing your work in progress. A good editor can step back and see the big picture as well as scrutinize the elements of your writing. Get an objective yet informed opinion of your fiction or nonfiction manuscript before stamping a draft FINAL and sending it off to agents and publishers.
BETTER YET, use your unpublished writing as a private classroom. Personal coaching modules based on your in-progress work reveal your strengths and weaknesses, teach the nuances of the craft, and help you develop a unique style.
Most writers do too much, not too little, when getting a first draft together. If you’ve been over and over your prose, you lose perspective and the ability to judge your writing as another reader would.
Take a break and seek a second opinion. In addition to learning how well you are expressing your ideas, you’ll be able to return to the project with “new eyes” and see more clearly where you’re going.
A Custom Job
Already know what you want to know? Direct your professional critique toward your problem spots. Ask for input on plot, themes, or logical presentation. Focus on dialogue, characterization, or “flow.”
Getting a professional evaluation is an investment in your current and future writing. The patterns that an editor discovers can help you unlock your creativity, avoid recurrent errors, and improve all of your work.
Answers You Can Trust
When you ask your friends or family how your book strikes them, they tend to be complimentary—or to point out typos. A good editor is honest and judicious about the many levels of skill displayed in any book manuscript.
Even special niche topics appeal to a range of readers. An experienced editor can read from different points of view and let you know how your work will strike informed and lay audiences, agents, and publishers.
INDIVIDUAL, INTUITIVE INSTRUCTION
No time for fine arts college? Whether you have always wanted to write or have been pursuing the craft on your own, personal coaching can take you where you want to be faster than classroom study. Using your own written work, you’ll gain insight into the elements of art and style firsthand with a professional guide by your side.
Choose as many monthly distance-learning modules as you like, all geared to your particular writing strengths, foibles, and sensibility. Every module teaches a distinct skill or concept—and each module builds on the last, for quick, steady progression.
Best of all, time requirements are flexible! Coaching includes: individual lessons based on your fiction or nonfiction, real-world examples, suggested reading resources, professional evaluation, telephone consultation, and tips on next steps to take to reach the next level with your writing.