NYT Bestselling author and award-winning story expert Lani Diane Rich has been teaching writing for over ten years, and offers to apply her experience and knowledge to your book or screenplay, making the storytelling as tight as it can be so that you can be free to showcase your unique voice and vision in your work.

What You Need: A finished manuscript, a completed synopsis, or a complete screenplay. I’m not going to help you write your book according to a template; I’m going to help you make the most of your unique voice, vision and magic, and in order to do that, I need to see your story on the page. So finish your first draft, let it rest a while, then bring it to me.

What I’ll Do: I’ll go in using Microsoft Word for novels or Adobe Acrobat for .pdf screenplays and leave comments all over your manuscript electronically. Some will be, “This is awesome!”; most will be, “This needs some work.” But with every comment, I’ll tell you why it’s working — or not — and tell you how to make it better. Every suggestion I make is yours to use, or to ignore. I’ll also follow up with any questions or concerns you might have, so after the first exchange, you can come back and say, “Okay, would it fix it for you if I did this?” I’ll go back and forth with you as long as you need me to, to make your story as strong as it can be.

Synopsis-Only Critique

$50
  • For writers confident in their scene-level work, but looking for support with big-picture issues like conflict and structure
  • Submit up to 1k words of synopsis outlining your conflict and structure in Word format
  • I will review and comment in Word, and give you suggestions on how to fix any problems
  • You have one calendar year from time of purchase to submit your materials for critique
  • Typical turnaround time from time of submission is 1-2 weeks
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25k + Synopsis Novel Critique

$200
  • For writers looking for help with both their scene-level and big picture work
  • Submit the first 25k of your novel and up to 1k words of synopsis outlining your conflict and structure in Word format
  • I will review and comment both documents in Word, and send you an e-mail outlining strengths and weaknesses, as well as providing suggestions for fixing any problems you might have
  • You have one calendar year from time of purchase to submit your materials for critique
  • Typical turnaround time from time of submission is 4-6 weeks
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Full Screenplay Critique

$200
  • For writers looking for help with their full completed screenplay
  • Submit the entire screenplay in .pdf format
  • I will comment in Adobe Acrobat, and send you an e-mail outlining strengths and weaknesses, as well as providing suggestions for fixing any problems you might have
  • You have one calendar year from time of purchase to submit your materials for critique
  • Typical turnaround time from time of submission is 4-6 weeks
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