During the month of November, Black Lawrence Press authors Tracy DeBrincat, Jen Michalski, Adrian Van Young, Genanne Walsh, and Erica Wright are on board to critique your fiction.
Erica Wright has elected to take flash fiction, fiction chapbooks, novels, novellas, short story collections, and individual stories under her wing. The fees and parameters for page lengths for each of these categories is as follows:
- Flash fiction, up to two pages in length, $15
- Short stories, up to 20 pages in length, $45
- Fiction chapbooks, up to 40 pages in length, $150
- Short story collections, up to 180 pages in length, $350
- Novellas, up to 100 pages in length, $250
- Novels, up to 300 pages in length, $700
All manuscripts should be double spaced and formatted in twelve point font.
The deadline to submit work for this
consultation program is November 30. The consultants will complete their work and respond to all participants by December 31.
Space in this program is limited, so please be sure to submit your work soon!
Erica Wright's Statement of Purpose
In my favorite craft essay, “Writing Off the Subject,” Richard Hugo offers the following advice: “When you are writing, glance over your shoulder, and you’ll find there is no reader. Just you and the page. Feel lonely? Good.” And it’s thrilling, isn’t it, to be in that room by yourself, working on something that matters to you. You might find as the hours (and days and months) progress that new themes emerge, new characters and conflicts. Working on a novel’s first draft can feel a bit magical.
The process doesn’t end in that empty room, though. Eventually you’ll want to share your manuscript, which is why it can be helpful to work with another writer. Personally, I like the revision phase, and I hope that you can find some joy in this step, as well. Sometimes a fresh perspective is needed when trying to determine what’s missing from your story. Together we can tackle major elements such as pacing and plot. A few questions we might consider are:
- Are those important first pages going to grab an agent’s or editor’s attention?
- Are any scenes rushed? Do we need more details there?
- Is the dialogue doing enough?
- Is there a need for research? And if so, how do we incorporate that information naturally?
- Is the ending satisfying? Is it fair to the readers and the characters?
I’m also happy to work with writers on their independently determined goals. If you think it’s time to open your door and let someone peek over your shoulder, I can help.