A story coaching offer, this weekend only (because I have some open slots): get me your $50 Kick-Start Conceptual Review submission by midnight on Sunday (Nov. 3rd), and I’ll deliver a 24-hour RUSH turnaround (normally a $25 upcharge) for no extra cost.
The fine print: I’ll send the questionnaire out to you within a couple of hours of receipt of your payment. Just opt-in (using the Paypal option in the right column for the $50 fee, or just go direct to Paypal and use firstname.lastname@example.org as payee; if you’re not a member, let me know and I can invoice you, no Paypal membership required), allowing yourself however long it will take to answer with your best cut at your story’s concept and premise and first plot point, and then get those questionnaire answers back to me by that deadline.
If you don’t make the deadline, I’ll still do my best to turn it quickly for you.
Know this: this is as much a story development tool as a story evaluation tool. Which means you win just by giving a go.
So… why this, why now?
Because I’ve done four of these in the last four days. And each of them was either DOA or severely handicapped right out of the gate, which is the description concept and premise.
They are different. That’s the key. Writers are pitching premises with nothing conceptual in play.
If you’d like to see where you stand on that one, this is your shot at a quick diagnosis. The Questionnaire includes links to posts that explain the difference and show the consequences of not getting it.
If you’d like a peek at what this looks like, click HERE for a real evaluation (used by permission).
This, aside from less than professional writing, is the number one cause of rejection slips, in my opinion. Good writing, fine characters, rejected because there is nothing about the story that elevates it above the crowd.
That’s what concept does… when done right.