I am taking on private clients for manuscript review. I will critique picture books, easy readers, and magazine pieces, either fiction or nonfiction. I will also consider nonfiction books. I gravitate towards science, religion, and memoir. No novels at the moment (you may contact Marcia Hoehne for those).
I charge $50/hour. Expect a minimum charge of $25. A thousand-word manuscript can take anywhere from 30-90 minutes depending on what you need, from copyediting (correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, and offering suggestions for clarity and flow) to a detailed critique on narrative structure, plot, characters, pacing, and voice. I also crack the whip when I need to :)
Contact me at vijaya_bodach at yahoo dot com (remove spaces and replace dot with .)
Some tips before you contact me: Make your manuscript the best you can, then have a writing partner or friend critique it for you. Only after you revise should you consider paying for a professional critique.
Vijaya Bodach is an honest critiquer with an eye on helping you create your best work. She will not let you settle for lukewarm storytelling with a fuzzy plot and weak characters but will help you find the heart of your story and offer practical suggestions to help you reach your readers in a meaningful way. Vijaya has a strong eye for details and will help you shore up any logistic problems you might be facing from POV to timeline. I happily recommend her critique service and know that your story will be stronger after you implement her suggestions. ~ Molly Blaisdell.
"Thank you so much for your detailed feedback on my nonfiction article. Your in depth critique not only made my article stronger, but it also made it more kid friendly. Thanks again!" ~ Sharon Chriscoe