Storyfix Manuscript Analysis Services
Your story: reviewed… chewed… renewed.
The Storyfixer — Larry Brooks – is available for individualized manuscript evaluation and story coaching. This service is available for novels, screenplays and outlines (and other developmental documents), and on an hourly basis for story development and other coaching issues.
How is Storyfix.com different from other manuscript edit/critique services?
Your story coach at Storyfix.com is a fulltime working author, a bestselling novelist and screenwriter who brings over two decades experience in teaching the craft of storytelling to the role. While traditional “editing” tells you what’s wrong with your story, the higher goal at Storyfix is to help you improve your story through balanced story-telling execution, and by exploring creative solutions and alternatives. Storyfix.com is all about adding value. Your project will be analyzed using a developmental model called The Six Core Competencies of Successful Storytelling, which focuses on concept, structure, character and theme as criteria-based story issues, and then scene writing and writing voice as executional issues. Only when these six elements are solidly in place will the power of your story become fully realized, and the chane of publication being realized. Your story: unblocked, unleashed and uninhibited.
As context, each of those Six Core Competencies will be juxtaposed against known realms of “story physics” to assess what works and what doesn’t. A story can be technically sound but still less than compelling… story physics is key to making sure this doesn’t happen.
Services and Fees
There are several ways to work with Storyfix.com, all of them easy. Your work, and/or a Questionnaire about the project, will receive a careful reading, followed by a thoughtful and thorough written evaluation, called the Coaching Document. It is here where each aspect of your story’s relationship with The Six Core Competencies of Successful Storytelling – concept, structure, character, theme, scenes and voice – along with format, marketability and any other execution issues, will be evaluated, discussed and empowered with value-adding ideas to make your story even better. The Coaching Document will be returned to you within two to three weeks of submission, via email.
Digital manuscript submissions are preferred (though hard copy submissions are accepted).
Storyfix.com is committed to delivering value. These services are priced not simply to be competitive with other manuscript services, but to make them accessible to writers at all levels. Your complete and total satisfaction is the complete and total goal.
One note, though: if you’re looking simply for validation rather than constructive input, please look elsewhere. I’ll tell you honestly what I like about your story and your writing. I’ll also tell you honestly what I don’t feel is working, and what can be done about it to make your story better.
I don’t believe in brutal honestly. I believe in clarity, which can sometimes feel like brutality. I know what feedback feels like, and I’m empathetic. But I won’t be serving you if I’m anything less than clear – that’s what you’re paying for, and that’s what you’ll receive from me.
Know this: always, at all times in the process, I’m rooting for you and your story to succeed.
Novels come in all sizes and shapes. Because of the wide variability of manuscript length, fees are based on page count, and assumes an appropriate word count (suitable margins, double spacing, and the use of 12-point Courier type; other formats will default to word count for pricing benchmarks). The Basic Service does
not include line editing (the identification of typos, grammatical errors and format issues), which is quoted below.
BASIC FULL MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION – $1800 per manuscript (400 pages maximum; additional pages at $2.50 each). Outlines and partial/unfinished manuscripts bill at a rate of $2.50 per page, with a $150 minimum.
THE AMAZING STORY COACHING ADVENTURE – utilizing an in-depth Questionnaire to identify your concept, premise and major story milestones, all of which illuminate the likelihood of an effective story. Fee: $195 (a 48- hour “Rush” is available for an extra $50, to fund my midnight hours work; click link for more information on this level.)
THE KICK-START CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS – utilizing an abbreviated Questionnaire focusing on the identification of the conceptual core of your story, and how it it launched via your planned First Plot Point story beat. Fee: $95 (again, a 48-hour Rush upgrade is available; click link for more information on this level.)
FIRST QUARTILE ANALYSIS – an evaluation of your “opening act” (the Part 1 quartile, up through your First Plot Point), in context to a short Questionnaire asking you to summarize how the rest of the story will play out. Fee: $450.
Screenplays bill at a flat fee of $750 (maximum page count of 140 pages; assumes standard screenplay format), and includes the same story planning Questionnaire in addition to the read/evaluation of the full draft.
Full payment is required prior to the beginning of each evaluation. Contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for my address for submission of payment and your manuscript.
Ready to dramatically improve your manuscript or novel?
Contact the Storyfixer…
“Larry Brooks’ insights are well thought-out and he’s available for give-and-take to help you further understand the problem(s) in your script. He knows how to critique work without critiquing you – meaning if your writing is weak, he’ll say what you need to hear but at the same time, you end up inspired to get back to work.”
“Trying to keep character, plot, setting and theme all working in my stories at the same time felt like juggling way too many flaming torches. Then I heard Larry Brooks’ four-corners approach to plotting and I stopped worrying about getting burned.”
“I so much enjoyed the whole conference, particularly your lectures. It will take me days to sort out the rich tapestry.”
“I wanted to tell you that I enjoyed your presentation. You helped me to clarify some of my thinking on the development of a novel. I decided to start, that is to actually take up pen and paper and start writing fiction.”
“Larry, I want to thank you for a great workshop in OKC. You really said some things I needed to hear. Do you share your definition of writer’s block? If so, I’d really like to have it to post in my writing room to remind me that I’m the one controlling it!”
“Thank you so much for your participation in the OWFI Writers’ Choice Conference. Everyone loved your sessions. You did an excellent job.”
“The workshop gets 100% from me. Your teaching style is informative and entertaining. Liked the film clips, too. No suggestions for improvement.”
“I don’t want my money back… I think I owe you quite a few more dollars. I was such a sponge all weekend long! Loved the humor, don’t change a thing, and thanks a million.”
“Within the time frame allowed, you covered an amazing amount of material with good humor and wisdom, all seasoned with your own experience. Good stuff.”
“Excellent seminar. I got more out of it than I though (I would). Clear, easy to understand information and guidelines. You know how to write and how to explain.”
“I appreciate your generosity of spirit. I have taught for years. I have conducted workshops. Yours was excellent. In the tremendous battle to create art, by your writing and more importantly your gift to us of what you know, you are a warrior.”
“I have never received so many pieces of the puzzle to writing. The squares to create each 100 pages is the best! I cannot imagine what you could have done to make it better. Your experience and humor made it so helpful and memorable.”