I specialize in assisting thinkers, journalists, and experts craft their innovative ideas and compelling stories into books that matter. Together we will create a noteworthy book that will attract a wide readership and make an impact on peoples’ lives.
My process starts with you. We can begin working together at any stage. I’ve guided authors from early concepts to proposal to final draft. If you already have written materials, I can help you transform them into a publishable work. If your publisher has expressed concern about a project needing more line-by-line writing and conceptual work, I will help you whip it into shape. I’ve also helped salvage books on the brink of cancellation.
I provide writing, organizational editing, guidance on a work’s development and structure, creative input, accountability, and strategic advice. If you’re on a tight schedule, I will help you meet the deadline. I’m there with whatever is needed to get your proposal and book in shape.
Every collaboration is different. Together we’ll figure out your needs and create a process that works for you and your book. All collaborations are on a project rate.
THe book proposal
You’ve got the expertise and the idea. Maybe you wrote an article that attracted a lot of attention and landed you an agent. You might have an outline. Or a partial draft. Whatever you’re starting with, to succeed, your proposal needs to stand out.
There’s a special art to writing persuasive book proposals that sell. A clear pitch is only the first requirement. All the components of the proposal, from style to structure, must work together to answer some very basic questions. What makes your book unique? Who’s going to read it? Why are you the best person to write it?
Drawing on my decades of experience in publishing and freelancing, I will help you develop your non-fiction book proposal for the marketplace and/or polish edit a proposal you’ve already outlined.
A manuscript evaluation is a broad overview of your draft’s strengths and weaknesses. I know what publishers, editors, and readers are looking for and in a 8-12 page letter I offer advice, encouragement, and possible solutions to help you reach your intended readership.
Before I send the final letter, we get on the phone and discuss your plot and story structure, character development, pacing, POV, credibility, language, themes, and more. Manuscript evaluations are a flat fee that varies with the length of the manuscript.
To discuss collaborations and book proposals, I can be contacted through:
Sterling Lord Literistic
115 Broadway, Suite 1602
New York, NY 10006
To discuss manuscript evaluations, I can be contacted direct at: