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AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS

Have you gotten feedback on your work from writers groups, workshops or conferences and aren’t sure what to do next? Do you have a terrific beginning to a story, but don’t know how to end it? Are you without an agent and need to know if your work or portfolio is ready to submit? Do you have lots of book ideas and don’t know which one to work on first? Has your work been rejected by several houses and you’re not sure why?  drydenbks offers a complete range of editorial services to authors and illustrators, so please connect with me and let’s figure out what I can do to help you.

            general manuscript review & short e-mail or phone consultation
            manuscript evaluation & broad-stroke editorial suggestion
            line-by-line manuscript editing & detailed editorial suggestion
            manuscript revision follow-up
            art portfolio evaluation
            synopsis evaluation & preparation guidance
            proposal evaluation & preparation guidance
            picture book dummy evaluation & preparation guidance
            career strategy consultation
            see what authors & illustrators and drydenbks' clients say about working with Emma D Dryden
           

AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS FEES:

drydenbks will conduct a preliminary free evaluation of your project based on the submittal policy below. If, in the opinion of drydenbks and for any reason, a project does not seem viable for publication, you will receive a written declination. Otherwise, I will be in touch by e-mail to express the course of action drydenbks can provide for the project and the proposed fee structure.

drydenbks’ fees for most services charged on an hourly basis start at $250/hour and usually have a $600 minimum. More complex projects are charged on a flat fee basis—see below for average flat fee information. All fees are tailored to the scope and extent of an individual project.

Manuscript evaluation and broad-stroke editorial suggestion—consisting of an in-depth reading of the manuscript, an assessment memo to the author with general and some specific comments about the work outlining strengths and weaknesses, and brief follow-up e-mail or phone conversation, as needed or requested—starting at $750 for picture books and starting at $3,500 for novels (fee based on a variety of factors including page count, complexity, genre, etc) 

Line-by-line manuscript editing and detailed editorial suggestion—consisting of an in-depth reading of the manuscript, an assessment memo to the author with general and specific comments about the work, detailed line-by-line editorial notations, and brief follow-up e-mail or phone conversation, as needed or requested—starting at $1,250 for picture books and starting at $6,000 for novels (fee based on a variety of factors including page count, complexity, genre, etc)

AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS SUBMITTAL POLICY:

picture books: please submit by e-mail a cover letter (which includes a one-sentence synopsis of your work) and the complete text (in a font no smaller than 12 pt) as Word attachments and/or the complete sketch dummy as a jpeg or PDF attachment. Please indicate your last name and the title of the work in the subject line of your e-mail.  drydenbks will consider one picture book submission per author/illustrator at a time.

novels: please submit by e-mail a cover letter, a one-page synopsis (single spaced, 12 pt font that is not Times Roman, 1” margins), and the first 10 pages of your manuscript (double spaced, 12 pt font that is not Times Roman, 1” margins) as Word attachments. Please indicate your last name and the title of the work in the subject line of your e-mail.  drydenbks will consider one submission per author at a time.

note: in cover letters, please be sure to indicate whether you are a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators); whether you are a member of a critique group; what sort of feedback you’ve received, if any, from children’s editors or agents in response to your work; and include any other pertinent information that will assist in a full understanding of the work and of your experience in the children’s book industry.

AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS CANCELLATION POLICY:
In the event a Terms of Agreement has been signed by either an author or illustrator and drydenbks or by just the author or illustrator and no money has yet been paid to drydenbks, and the author or illustrator finds they must cancel the arrangement they’ve made with drydenbks, the request for cancellation must be made in writing (email or hard copy) to drydenbks and drydenbks will immediately terminate the Terms of Agreement, with no further obligation of either party. In the event a cancellation by the author or illustrator is requested in writing (email or hard copy) and occurs after a Terms of Agreement has been signed by all parties and drydenbks has been paid the on-signing fee, drydenbks will immediately terminate the Terms of Agreement and will return to the author all monies paid to drydenbks except for $250.00, with no further obligation of either party. All requests for cancellation and confirmation of termination will be made in writing by email or hard copy.

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PUBLISHERS

drydenbks extends a range of editorial services to publishers

           manuscript evaluations & reader’s reports
           freelance manuscript editing
           “fresh-eye” manuscript reading/proofreading
           collaborative writing with authors
           scouting for new talent
           see what publishers say about working with Emma D Dryden


Please connect with me to discuss ways in which drydenbks can be of service to you.

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AGENTS

drydenbks extends editorial support to agents 

            manuscript evaluations & reader’s reports
            synopsis & manuscript consultation
            synopsis & manuscript editing
            assist authors in manuscript preparation for submission
            “fresh-eye” manuscript reading/proofreading
            author or illustrator career strategy consultation
            scouting for new talent           
            see what agents say about working with Emma D Dryden

Please connect with me to discuss ways in which drydenbks can be of service to you.

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WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS

drydenbks offers workshops, classes, and presentations tailored to suit different audiences

            informational 101 presentations for new authors and illustrators
            intensive craft workshops – picture books, poetry, fiction, fantasy, dialogue, revision, etc
            one-on-one manuscript or portfolio evaluations
            editor/author dialogue with one or more authors with whom I work
            presentations about the transitioning publishing landscape

WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS INQUIRIES:

Interested in having me speak or conduct a workshop? Please connect with me and include as many specifics as you can: proposed dates; whether you’re looking for me to be a keynote speaker, to lead workshops, to conduct one-on-ones, and/or be on a panel; proposed honorarium, and transportation, accommodations & meal expenses to be covered.

WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS FEES:

drydenbks fees for workshops and presentations are based on an honorarium and reimbursement of transportation, accommodations & meal expenses. One-on-one evaluations are additional and start at $25 per person for 10 minutes.

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CONSULTANCY

drydenbks consults with and advises those breaking into or wanting to expand their presence in the children’s publishing field

            author & illustrator career strategy
            editors seeking to advance or make a career change within the field
            college or graduate students interested in entering the children’s book publishing field
            start-up or specialized publishers growing their children’s book business
           start-up or specialized agencies growing their children’s book profiles

CONSULTANCY FEES:

drydenbks fees for most consultancy services are charged on an hourly basis, starting at  $250/hour (lower for students) and usually with a $600 minimum. More complex or long-term projects are charged on a flat fee or other basis, to be mutually agreed. All fees are tailored to the scope and extent of an individual project.  Please connect with me to discuss ways in which drydenbks can be of service to you.

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