Story Taming is a unique developmental editing service designed for indie authors by an indie author.
When you drop your manuscript off here at the Story Corral, the story tamer, Chase Night, will round up all the major elements of fiction--plot, characters, dialogue, theme, setting, choreography, and voice--and make sure they are all working together to tell the best possible version of your story.
What to Expect
Each manuscript returns from the Story Corral with Immediate Reaction Notes in the margins to give you a sense of how your future readers might respond to your work. This is followed by a Big Picture Analysis at the end to braid all those loose IRNs into a concise and coherent plan to get your story ready for the Winner's Circle.
Turnaround time varies with workload, so it is recommended that members schedule their next edit at least 30 days in advance for optimum speed of service. Edits cannot be scheduled with less than 10 days notice.
Story Taming Packages
In previous years, Story Taming was offered as an annual membership service. Due to high demand, this is no longer the case.
However, Story Taming is still committed to our original vision of providing indie authors with consistent editorial assistance across multiple projects, particularly books within a series. Our new model is based on the your book count instead of your word count and has no expiration date. So, for instance, if you purchase The Racetrack for your upcoming trilogy, your plan will end with the completion of the third book.
For Story Taming purposes, a "book" is a work of fiction or non-fiction between 40,000 and 80,000 words. There will be a $25 surcharge for any book in your plan that exceeds 80,000 words. Story Taming does NOT accept single books with a word count in excess of 100,000.
THE TRAIL RIDE One Book. $175
THE RODEO Two Books. $325
THE RACETRACK Three Books. $450
Ready to Ride?
If you're ready to take your writing by the reins and ride your dreams into the sunset, please use the contact form below to let us know. In the comments section, be sure to tell us which of our services you're interested in, or if you're not sure yet, tell us a little about your current projects and your goals for the next year, and we can help you pick the best plan for your needs. (If the form gives you any trouble, feel free to use the email icon below, but please use the form if you can!)
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