In addition to general practice, craft, manuscript development and revision workshops, we offer editing & coaching services based on the same Amherst Writers & Artists method used in workshops.
Hammer & Nails Manuscript Coaching
Get the big picture on the big page. This unique method gives writers an opportunity to visualize their manuscripts from inciting incident to climax to resolution, and all the important plot points in-between. The coach will ask questions that guide the writer into their story and allows them to make critical decisions about the purpose, and therefore the structure, of their stories. Writers will come away with a clear picture of where the story is going, and a list of scenes and/or chapters they need to include or edit. Writers bring a notebook, their notes, an outline or synopsis, and their electronic manuscript to use as reference while we work.
Hammer & Nails coaching is $150 and is held at our PDX Writers studio in NE Portland. Sessions are scheduled for an hour and a half.
We provide feedback for each manuscript in summary form, focusing on what’s working, what is strong, where there are challenges or questions, and structural improvement possibilities. Additionally, the writer will receive in-line and/or hard copy edits that offer suggestions for consistent voice, chronological development, places where writing can be expanded or cut, and a general “clean up.” The focus is on what questions you have for your project and where you see challenges.
Arrangements can be made to meet before beginning the editorial relationship, and we can also conference with the writer about the review and offer revision strategies for the next draft.
For pieces 4,000 words or less, the basic rate is $45/hour with an additional $45 for written review.
For novella or novel length works, writers should send a 4,000 word sample, and an editor will review these pages for $45 and offer comments. You will receive a quote for the total word count after the initial review.
All manuscripts should be sent as a .doc attachment: typed, doubled spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font.
An editor can consult with you - with or without editing your manuscript - in order for you to gain clarity and direction about your project. Zero in on the elements of fiction and memoir, and we will offer prompts and strategies to keep you focused. This can be done on the phone or in person. Consultations can be connected with manuscript editing or after Hammer & Nails Coaching.
Consultations are $50 an hour.
Meet the editors
Jennifer Springsteen, Managing Editor
Cleo Hehn, Associate Editor
"I had hit a roadblock with my manuscript and turned to Hammer & Nails to help me break through. Jennifer skillfully guided character development and flow of action. The structure map we created lives on my office wall for easy reference as I continue writing. Hammer & Nails was the boost my book needed!" - Julie Snyder
"I want to express my appreciation for your efforts in helping me reframe draft 7 of the manuscript.
Prior to my retaining you, I had worked on the project for three years, through seven drafts with no end in sight. I thought that I had a good theme and plot, but I knew something was wrong.
The combination of your editing the MS, our two subsequent meetings and the “hammer and nails” exercise identified several major issues and gave me the tools to restructure the MS so that there is a clear path to complete, what I anticipate will be, a successful novel." - Gary Goldstick
“Business Rx, How to Get in the Black and Stay There,” 1998, John Wiley & Sons.
“Romancing the Business Loan, Getting your Banker to Say Yes in the 90s,” 1994, Lexington Books.
“Saving the Karamazovs,” a novel, 2011, Josie Books.
"You've given me much to do to improve my story. Thank you for your time and expertise." - Elyse Garrett