Writing Coach for Fiction

About me: I specialize in writing for children and young adults and creative nonfiction. I have been an award-winning newspaper editor, columnist, arts and features writer. I gave all that up to attend Vermont College of Fine Arts where I received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Halfway through the program, I landed my first book contract. That book won the IPPY and numerous other awards. Since then I have been titled a Distinguished Alumna of Vermont College, made New York Times and international bestsellers lists and had books published in dozens of countries. I have taught and presented in a whole multitude of venues. I am the co-editor of the anthology, Dear Bully, and have published contemporary, fantasy, science fiction and nonfiction with Bloomsbury, Tor, Lerner, Harper Collins and Flux. My published books range from picture books and middle grades,to young adult novels.

All of this is cool and lucky. However, it happened because I had amazing mentors and teachers along the way, particularly at Vermont College. Working with brilliant, kind authors who cared about me, my work, and the craft of writing changed my life. It was a gift that I paid for with money, but still a great gift.

And it was worth it.

About coaching:

There is no one way to write and there is no one way to coach writers. All of us are different, which is amazing. This is why my coaching is tailored to your specific needs and personality.

We begin with a short email exchange. It’s free. That’s how we delve into your writing goals and issues and figure out how we’ll work together.

Next, we determine what you want, create a contract, and begin. We’ll have a goal and a plan. The fun will be how we get there as we find the writing answers geared specifically for you.

Here are some typical plans:

Whole Manuscript Critiques – You’ll receive an editorial letter with global development questions posed, ways to improve cited as well as massive applause for what you’re doing right. This is priced per page, but the basic rate is $1,000 for 200 pages formatted via industry standard.

The MFA Approach – This is an ongoing process. For a minimum of four months, you send in a 40-page packet of work. You’ll get back a 2-3 page editorial letter (at least). Truth is, I tend to go longer than that. Or, if you’re a track changes kind of person, we can do it that way. This is about you and your needs. So, you decide. This costs $1,000. It may seem like a lot, but when you think about the MFA costs (even for distance programs), it is pretty much a deal.

The Let’s Try Each Other Out – I will critique 10 pages for $50. You and I get to see how well we click and then we move on.

The Gift – Sometimes awesome friends and family members will want to give you something to help you develop your writing. This is because they love you, not because they think you need it. Email to discuss the particulars

The Development – I will critique your cover letter/query as well as the first three chapters and give you a first impression with discussion of the beginning hook and suggestions for improvement. This costs $100.

Rates for Phone/Skype Sessions: For people who are not into written critiques.

$75 an hour flat session rate.

$35 an hour prep time (e.g., reading and editing your manuscript).

I am currently accepting clients. For more information, please email me at carriejonesbooks((@))gmail.com

And good luck with your writing!