Indie Editing for Indie Authors
Story Taming is a unique developmental and editing service designed for indie authors on a budget by an indie author on a budget. My goal is to help you take your unruly project by the reins and point it squarely in the direction you envision.
I do this by carefully reading your manuscript and leaving Reader Reaction Notes as I go, showing you how readers might respond to the way your story unfolds. Afterward, I compile these notes into a 3-5 page analysis focused on story-based solutions you can implement with the least amount of revisions.
Story Taming is a big picture approach that focuses on the key elements of compelling storytelling: plot, pacing, characters, dialogue, setting, theme, and structure. It also includes light line editing insofar as the language affects the experience of the story. Although a modest effort will be made to catch glaring errors in spelling and grammar, Story Taming is not proofreading, and I strongly encourage my clients to hire a specialist in that field (or at least your cousin the English teacher).
How It Works
Story Taming is offered as an annual membership service, giving you more freedom to receive feedback when you need it, and perhaps even an extra incentive to get your stories written.
- Story Taming (Notes + Analysis)
- Send chapters as you go or when you’ve finished a draft
- Quick Turnaround (3-4 weeks depending on length)
- Year-round e-mail support
NOT Membership Benefits
- I can’t show your work to my own publisher.
- I can’t show your work to anyone.
- I can’t help you get published in any way beyond helping your book be the best it can be.
The Trail Ride – $97
Up to 100,000 words.
- YA authors
- Children’s authors
- Reasonably productive short story or narrative essay writers
The Rodeo – $197
Up to 200,000 words.
- Science Fiction/Fantasy authors
- Serial authors
- People who consider themselves novelists
- Extremely productive short story or narrative essay writers
The Racetrack – $297
As many words as you can write in a year, champ.
- Stephen King
- R.L. Stine
- Jodi Picoult
- J.K. Rowling
- George R.R. Martin
- Alexander Hamilton
I also offer The Pony Ride ($47) for low-volume writers, and The Rustle ($147) for screenwriters. Contact for more info.
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Membership fee may be divided over three months, but no feedback will be returned until payment is complete.
Memberships last one year from receipt of your first project and can be upgraded at any time by paying the balance between your current package and the desire package.
Memberships are non-refundable so please be absolutely certain you’re going to utilize this service in the next 12 months before you sign up. In the event that you are absolutely unable to use your Story Taming membership personally, you may transfer it to a friend or donate it to a writer in need.
Memberships are limited, so if you’re interested, please use the form below ASAP to tell me a little about your projects and goals so we can determine if we’re a good fit for the long-haul. If so, I’ll send you a PayPal invoice and we can get started right away.
Here’s what some satisfied customers have had to say:
“Chase Night has incredible eye when it comes to what works and what doesn’t with plot, characters, and dialogue. His detailed feedback will make your book better. I’ve worked with editors at traditional publishing houses, and none of them came close to providing the kinds of details Chase offered. After incorporating Chase’s suggestions into the revisions of my latest novel, I was confident that I had a polished product ready for publication.” — Ryan Potter, author of Roman King and the Armies of Fire and Light
“Chase was a huge help in making my book the best it can be. His feedback simultaneously made me feel good about what I’d written, and made me think about ways to make it better. Even suggestions for seemingly small changes made a huge difference! He helped me to see where I had unrealistic dialogue and suggested ways to improve it. I highly recommend his service to any author, and will absolutely use it again myself with my next book.” — Jennifer Sights, author of Divided and Ravaged.
“Chase is a literary fucking genius. His words of wisdom and encouragement have exponentially improved my writing skills. He’ll show you where your own little creative genius is hiding—and then coax him/her/it out into the world using any means available.” — Samuel Engelen, author of Vigilante Day
“The story analysis I received back from Chase was helpful on two levels. First it reinforced some of the thoughts I already had about my own work which was extremely encouraging but more importantly he gave me lots of new ideas as well as another perspective to consider. With the analysis he provided, I feel not only excited to get started on my second draft but well-equipped to do so. As the first time I have ever shared my work in this way, working with Chase has been a very positive and useful experience. I wouldn’t hesitate to use his services again.” — Caroline Leon of Life is Limitless
“I was impressed by Chase’s straightforward approach. He was able to point out elements of weakness in my story and style and then make specific suggestions about how to improve those areas. Had his analysis stopped at pointing out the weaknesses it would have been helpful. Because his analysis went further — making practical recommendations for improvement and explaining why he chose to focus on those areas — it’s exceptional. I knew Chase was a talented writer from following his work. In working with him on this project it’s clear he is every bit as talented as a reader and his analysis displays that.” — Brandon Monk of Read. Learn. Write.