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In addition to the selective private Creative Writing Workshops that have continued to generate new and exciting work from New York City authors and poets out of Jacob's Studio, Jacob Miller has also offered Private one-on-one Editorial or Mentoring Consultations to novelists, poets, short story writers, non-fiction or memoir writers, as well as authors of expository prose. Many of the projects that have benefited from his individual editing or coaching have moved from rough outline, to written text, to revised manuscript, to publication.

MANUSCRIPT DOCTORING

Writers and poets at every level of expertise have, throughout history, made use of analysis and feedback from other professionals. Beyond combating the occasional experience of loneliness or working in a vacuum that can be an occupational hazard for writers, an additional set of trained eyes on your pages can frequently spot facets of the work that you, the writer, may be too close to your own work to observe.

In addition to having worked as an Editor for the University of Michigan Press, Times-Mirror Publications, Editor-in-Chief of the Empyrea Literary Journal, and Editor of The Yorkville Anthology of New Writers, Jacob Miller has worked with hundreds of writers privately, doctoring works-in-progress with expert, nurturing, concrete, to-the-point feedback that advances the work, makes it stronger and brings each writer's vision to life.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Jacob works with writers and poets in several different ways depending on what best suits the needs of the author and his schedule The most common way is to meet in person after he's read the work and then he can discuss the work face to face with the writer. If you are in or near New York City and could do this it's his preference. However, he also works with authors in other parts of the country as well. In those cases they Fedex the manuscript to him and then they schedule a phone conference after Jacob's had a chance for a close read and put both his line edits and his broad or detailed comments on the text to discuss. Both reading or editing time and meeting or conference time are billable.

INCREMENTAL REVIEW VS. THE FULL-READ REVIEW

A second optional area for how writers might work with Jacob on a given project is incrementally versus a full read review or a combination of the two. This choice often depends on how advanced the manuscript is more than anything else, no matter what the form or genre. For example, with a novel early in the game, still a bit rough around the edges or needing close attention on a final revision, weekly or bi-monthly meetings might be scheduled with the ambition of tackling say one chapter per meeting.  In such cases, generally Jacob would do a one hour close read of one chapter with his line edits that he would then review with the author in a one hour meeting. This is often the ideal way to truly best cover a text, over a period of time, incrementally reviewing how each piece of the puzzle comes together. 

However, with very advanced work and an author just seeking final touches, a broad overview of the text or some feedback for last brush strokes on the canvas, Jacob also has taken on reading the entire text and then meeting on it.  This latter option is tricky on the billing end though as he cannot know with absolute precision how rapidly his read will go without first seeing how much work the text does or does not need. 

A last option combining both incremental and the full read methods is where an author engages Jacob to do a full read review of their text and then they schedule a series of meetings afterwards over a period of weeks to follow the implementation of whatever revisions, modifications or areas begging expansion have been found to be appropriate after Jacob's full read through.

These are just some of the options that might be explored if you care to call Jacob's Studio, check his availability and discuss how he might best suit your needs.

Jacob's Studio number is 212-472-8973 and his direct email is jbmil@prodigy.net

   
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