Sunday, December 22, 2019


It's me Rhonda. I have't posted on this blog in years, but I'm in the middle of a website rebuild. I needed somewhere to point my visitors while my site is being redone.

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Legacy Writing Services

Helping Authors Produce Books That Leave A Lasting Impression...

About My Services

I enjoy working with writers and new authors. I honestly love to see a writer’s dream of holding their finished novel in their hands come true. However, I have noticed that many times the finished product in their hands was not ready for publication. Because of the inability of many writers to find good, objective feedback on their writing, I’ve decided to offer some services that will fill this gap. My (4) four services are:

  • Private Writing/Coaching Services
  • Manuscript Evaluation
  • Manuscript Critique
  • Substantive Edit
No erotica, science fiction, or children's book will be considered at this time.

Additional Points

With respect to the Manuscript Critique and the Substantive Edit, my desire is to work with writers or authors who are either ready or almost ready for publication. I will easily be able to determine this from your writing sample based on basic writing rules and your integration of craft techniques.

I will provide you with a contract that clearly defines what will be provided to you. If you would like to hire me, please contact me at by scheduling an appointment at this link -


If you decide to contract me to provide a service, you are under no obligation to accept or agree with the changes I suggest. Editing is subjective in nature. My suggestions and feedback may contradict other feedback you have received. This is normal. I make comments based on my understanding of the craft of fiction, current trends in the publishing, and based on my own writing experience. My ideas may be different from someone else who may be equally qualified to make suggestions.


I accept payments by PayPal at, postal money order or cashier’s check. Please contact me to let me know what service you would like and how you want to pay and I will give you instructions.

  • I require payment of the first month of Coaching Services prior to scheduling the first session.
  • I require a 50% deposit before I will begin a Manuscript EvaluationManuscript Critique or Substantive Edit. The balance is due before delivery of the the project.
  • If necessary, please contact me to discuss a payment plan that fits your budget. I am a very reasonable person who is willing to work with you to meet your needs.
I also occasionally take assignments critiquing a query or synopsis for existing customers. These will be taken on a case by case basis and a price will be determined. I will also accept copy editing projects from publishing houses (which includes a substantive edit, proofreading and fact checking). The price for this will be determined by the size of the project.

Proofread Only projects are billed at $1.50 per page. A page is 250 words. Delivery is 10 days from confirmation of payment. 50% deposit is due at acceptance.

Thanks for stopping by and considering my services. I wish you the very best of success in your journey to publication or republication.

Many Blessings,

~ Rhonda

The Manuscript Evaluation is for the writer/author who has written a manuscript or a good portion of the manuscript and you need an evaluation of the project. This is a look at the big picture. It’s an overview type of critique where basic plot, characterization and consistency will be evaluated. Although the entire projects submission will be read it will not have line by line comments that address all the elements of your story in detail. A manuscript evaluation is recommended during the early stages of your work or if you have received several rejections from editors and want to have your work reviewed before sending it out again.

What you will receive:

A  1-2 page summary write up that outlines the strengths and weakness of your character, plot and story structure. A phone call to discuss my summary if necessary.

What you will pay:

I charge $ 1.25 per page for manuscript evaluations. A page is 250 words.

If this sounds like it fits your needs contact me by Email at

The Manuscript Critique is for you if you have written an entire manuscript or a good portion of your manuscript and would like in-depth feedback. The manuscript critique is a higher level process than the evaluation, because in addition to identifying strengths and weaknesses in character, story structure and marketability, I will also analyze for key writing and story elements as follows:

  • Opening hook/inciting incident
  • Pacing
  • POV (point of view)
  • Dialogue
  • Use of dialogue tags vs. beats
  • Distinct character voices
  • Adverbs
  • Passive verbs
  • Backstory
  • Description
  • Showing vs. telling
  • Balance between narrative and dialogue
  • Unique use of prose and identification of cliché statements
  • Realism in character emotions
  • Voice
  • Scene structure--goal, motivation, conflict
  • Redundancies
What you will receive:

A redline edit throughout the document in Microsoft Word for the elements listed above and a 1 to 2 page summary of my evaluation/analysis of character and story structure and all the elements listed above. This service does not include rewriting. Rewriting is included in the Substantive Edit service.

I will email you your completed project at a predetermined delivery date by 9 p.m. eastern standard time on that date. If a hard-copy red-line is your preference this will require a printing and postage fee to be determined based on the size of the project. I will tell you where to mail your project if you choose this option.

Please also note that your project WILL NOT be proofread. (Proofreading includes spelling, punctuation and basic grammar.) Proofreading should be done as the final check of your manuscript. You should never pay for this during the critique or substantive edit process. (See Proofread Only service at the end.)

Normal delivery of critique projects will be within 7 days of acceptance, 14 days for projects over 80,000 words and 10-21 days for projects over 95,000 words. (Although they can rarely be accommodated, you may contact me for “rush job” prices.)
I am a very fair person. If I determine that your project was in excellent condition and I had very few suggestions for improvement, I will refund half of your fee, so that you may spend those monies to have your project copy edited.

What you will pay:

I charge a flat rate based on word count and you may submit a Full or Partial Manuscript. If you cannot afford a full manuscript critique, keep in mind a partial critique can really help identify weaknesses in your writing that you can correct moving forward. A partial critique may also be helpful in identifying weakness in your story.

  • Word 1 to 20,000 words: $175
  • 20,001 to 30,000 words: $300
  • 30,001 to 40,000 words: $450
  • 40,001 to 50,000 words: $550
  • 50,001 to 60,000 words: $650
  • 60,001 to 75,000 words: $750
  • 75,001 to 85,000 words: $850
  • 85,001 to 90,001 words: $950
  • 90,001 to 95,000 words: 1,000
  • 95,000 to 100,000 words: $1,100
Please contact me for pricing on projects over 100,000 words

The price for a second critique of the same project will be negotiated based on your submission, but generally if noticeable improvements have been made, the price will be cut by 20% of the regular price. Repeat customers will also receive a 10% discount on a new project. A 15% discount will also be applied to your next project when you refer me to another customer. (Limit one discount per project.) Your referral will receive a 5% discount as well.

Sounds great? How do you get started? With a sample.


Contact me a free sample of my work.

I will provide a sample edit of your work. This will provide you with a more substantial look at my service. The turnaround time for the substantive sample is 5 (five) business days. Your work must be submitted in Microsoft WORD. (no PDF's or emailed content permitted).  Please email sample requests to me at  with Editing Sample in the subject.

The Substantive Edit is the most comprehensive service I provide. It includes a complete manuscript critique, but in addition, I provide you with suggestions that will help to improve the manuscript. This edit is highly developmental in nature. It will help get to the nuts and bolts of what needs to be fixed with suggestions on how to fix it. The Substantive Edit includes line editing of sentence structure and paragraphs and some rewriting, but not proofreading.

The elements of plot, structure, characterization and pacing are the things that will make or break your manuscript. Many authors, particularly self-published authors will hire an editor to provide proofreading when in truth the manuscript has larger structural issues or problems with characters or plausibility issues that are hard for the writer to see because the writer is so familiar with the story. These larger issues will keep a manuscript from being published. An acquisitions editor or an agent will not turn down a great story because the writer is weak on comma usage. They will, however, reject a novel when larger issues exist such as undeveloped characters or weak plot or bad pacing, because these things require too much work to be fixed. Reviewers will also give you a bad review for these issues, because they are hard to overlook. This is why substantive editing is so important. You may only have one chance with an editor or agent. Make sure your manuscript is as rejection-proof as possible.

What you will receive

A phone call to discuss my findings/comments, a detailed red-line edit throughout the document in Microsoft Word and a detailed write up (often 5 - 10 pages) that discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the plot and characters. With plot, I look at overall premise, the main conflict, the flow of one scene to the next, the black moment/final climax, the resolution, and places where the story is redundant, goes off track, or moves away from the main plot. The write up will also evaluate any sub-plots and whether or not they are well-integrated into the story and add or detract from the main story line. With characters, I provide a detailed analysis of the main characters’ Goals, Motivations, and Conflicts, and discuss how those could be strengthened or better-utilized in the story. I also discuss how those characters fit into and enhance the plot and make suggestions for minor characters roles.

I will make comments directly into the manuscript itself, as well as the summary at the end of the manuscript. However, please note that a Substantive Edit will not include proofreading (punctuation, grammar and spelling). There will be some, particularly when I see blatant errors, but the purpose of this edit is to deliver suggestions for rewriting. Proofreading is never done at this stage of writing. (See Proofread Only service. )

Please note that while I will do some rewriting, this is just to give you examples of how to execute what I have noted. I don’t write, rewrite, or correct your manuscript for you. So rewriting will be heaviest at the beginning of the manuscript.

Does this sound like what you need? Want to know how to get started? Or is what I’m saying making sense, but you’re not sure what the end product will look like? I recommend we start with a First Chapter Sample Edit.


I will complete a partial first chapter substantive edit of your manuscript as a sample. 

In order to receive a sample, please submit the prologue or portion of the first chapter of your manuscript and synopsis of the story. The writing sample must be at least 750 words, but cannot exceed 1,000. If we choose to work together, the fee will be deducted from the total cost of the edit.

What you will pay:

Substantive Edit is only available for a full manuscript. Prices for a Substantive Edit are estimated as follows. A manuscript that requires substantially more work will have to be submitted so the price may be determined:

  • 25,000 – 45,000 words $650 (novella length)
  • 45,001 - 55,000 words $750
  • 55,001 – 65,000 words $850 (short fiction)
  • 65,001 – 80,000 words $950
  • 80,000 - 85,000 words - $1000
  • 85,001 – 95,000 words $1,100
  • 95,001 – 105,000 words - $1,200 (long fiction)
  • 105,000 words and up $ 50 for every 2500 additional words.
Delivery of a Substantive Edit is between 10-15 days depending on the word count and the work required on my part. A final delivery date will be provided once the first chapter sample is completed. Second review of manuscript can be contracted. A 20% discount applies.

Please contact me at  to inquire.

Private Coaching Services

Need a little help from someone who's where you want to be? 

Sometimes, that’s what a writer needs to reach a fiction writing goal. I offer one-on-one coaching assistanceediting, and mentorship, because those are the three things (in addition to writing) that helped me get where I am as a multi-published, award winning author. I’d love to offer you the same.

  • Do you have a great story idea and need some help fleshing it out?
  • Do you want to write a story, but have no idea if it’s actually salable?
  • Do you think you have a great idea and want to make sure it’s not going to fizzle in the middle? Or are you in the middle and its sagged?
  • Do you have great characters and a weak plot? Or a great plot and weak characters?
  • Do you have a project written and need help with rewriting?
  • Finished your project and have no idea what to do next?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, you may need my Coaching Services. All my packages include coaching, critique and mentorship.

As a coach – I’ll cater to your specific needs. It is a completely client-driven service that addresses your project, publishing and promotional needs.

As a mentor – I’ll share how I did it and what I would do if I were you, so that you have a model to consider.

As an editor– I’ll give you substantive developmental feedback on your writing.

What qualifies me to coach you?  Several things, but the number one is that I love writing and I love mentoring. I'm a bit of  a dream chaser, so I get are gifted and you want to see your dream of holding your novel in your hands come true. I used to be you. Or you are a published author and you know you need some help with craft and marketing. Continuing education is critical to the success of an author's longevity in this business. Readers expect and deserve the best. I applaud you for caring about your career. I know I can help you to become a better author.

I have several award winning novels under my belt, most notably my 2015 Emma Award for Unbreak My Heart, nine years of free-lance editing experience, a master's degree in adult education, and 19 years of career experience training and providing coaching services for state government. I told you I enjoyed teaching. See the 
About Rhonda page for more about my experience publishing other authors.

 With respect to coaching, I have 4 packages. Choose the one that best fits your needs and budget.

Package 1 – The Starter Kit: Writing has been a hobby and now you want to finish a project. Attending a writer’s conference and need advice on what to say to an editor or agent?

  • One – 45 minute session and 2 follow up emails.
  • Read and critique the first 5 pages of your project.
  • Feedback on story premise from a creative and marketing standpoint.
 Price - $75

Package 2 – Emerging Writer: Are you serious about publication, but need help making it happen? We’ll address goal setting, time management, organization, and development of the project, to include: story structure, character development, goal, motivation and conflict or whatever YOU decide you’d like to discuss.

  • Two – 60 minute sessions and up to 3 follow up emails a month.
  • Written summary or recording of the content of conversation.
  • A list of resources to assist you.
  • A critique of 3,000 words of your project or synopsis (1st month)
  • Feedback on five pages of the project per month (subsequent months)
 Price - $ 150 a month

Package 3 – Fix-It Craft Intensive: You’ve finished a project and you need intensive assistance to make revisions.

  • One – 60 phone session and 7 follow up emails (first month only).
  • Four – 30 phone sessions and up to 5 follow up emails a month (subsequent months).  
  • Written summary or recording of content of conversation during the sessions.
  • A list of resources to assist you.
  • A substantive analysis of the first 5,000 words of your project and synopsis (first month).
  • Critique/feedback of 10 pages of your project (each subsequent month).
Price - $250 - 1st month and $175 each subsequent month (2 month minimum).

Package 4 – You Call It.You tell me what you want, and we’ll tailor the package to suit your needs. This package includes a minimum of 60 minutes of a coaching session, but beyond that you’ll decide what’s next.

Price - $125 for initial consultation session. The balance to be determined by your unique needs.

To inquire, contact me by email at – Writing Coach in the subject line. 

  • All sessions will be completed by telephone unless otherwise requested.
  • Georgia residents who desire in person sessions will have to make accommodations for space and pay and onsite fee and travel expenses.
  • For the purpose of critique/feedback - a page is 275 words and double spaced.
  • All submissions must be made in Microsoft WORD.