The Storyteller Package
“The world was more than a place. Life was more than an event.
It was all one thing, and that thing was: story.”
― Luis Alberto Urrea ―
Have a partial or completed manuscript and not sure how to keep going? The Storyteller Package is perfect for writers who are stuck in the middle or stumped at the end of their story. We'll go back to the beginning and rediscover what your story is really about, brainstorm ways to add more depth and complexity, and identify your strong points while finding ways to strengthen your weaknesses. We'll work together to approach your book with a fresh outlook and renewed passion and discover why storytelling is the most powerful tool there is.
Getting To Know You
In our free, 30 minute phone consultation, we'll take a look at your project and determine your goals for your book and as an author. We'll review the first 10 pages of your manuscript and design a focused plan for the next four weeks discovering your story, finding self-assessed problem areas, and learning ways to turn each of those into strengths.
Once the complex elements and overarching themes of a book are stripped away, we come back to the root of all fantastical quests and introspective tales of adolescence: the story. Without the dragons, wizards, and orcs, Bilbo Baggins was just a man (er, hobbit) venturing from the comforts of his home and into the unknown world. Remove the angst and "phoniness" of Holden Caulfield's world and he is just a boy searching for his own identity. In week one, we'll remove the details and get down to the bare-bones of your story. We'll unravel the layers and examine what you're really saying so that you can refocus your writing and renew your vision.
Character. Setting. Plot. Structure. Voice. These five elements are the foundation for every good story, and it's only when we build upon them that a book comes to life. So how do you know when you've got it right and when to keep building? Now that we've unearthed your story, we'll get back to the basics and define the elements of your novel. Then, we'll take a closer look at each of these key points and pinpoint what's working...and what isn't.
Are you having trouble describing your scenes? Is your dialogue stiff and unrealistic? Does your plot have too many holes? Are your characters a little too perfect? Every memorable character in fiction comes with their own set of flaws. It's what makes them relatable. It's what makes them real. Just like our characters, every writer has strengths and weaknesses that require nurturing and practice. In week three, we'll identify your trouble spots and find ways to turn them into strengths.
Every good book ends with a strong conclusion. In this final session, we'll write our own with a summary of your book's key elements and a bare-bones description of your story. We'll review your personalized road map of your strengths and weaknesses and what you can do in the future to build upon both. You have the tools and knowledge you need for future success. Now let's tell your story.
- Unlimited Email Exchange
- Session Summaries
- Related Articles and Resources
- 10 Page Manuscript Review
- Personalized Writer's Road Map
2010 - present
2010 - present
What You'll Get
Each session consists of an hour-long phone call focused on the art of storytelling. You'll uncover the heart of your story, identify and learn how to turn problem areas into strengths, and breathe new life into your words with added complexity and depth. Everyone has a story to share. Let's make yours memorable.
- A Brown Beagle Books welcome packet
- A weekly summary of our sessions
- A list of practices to keep you moving forward
- Articles and resources to keep you motivated
- A 10-page manuscript review
- A final, personalized road map of your goals, obstacles, and what you can do to overcome them and reach your destination (as determined by you!)
Looking for more?
Let's Talk Theme (Week 4)
Let's Talk Voice (Week 5)
Add another week to this package for only $25 or visit the À La Carte menu for custom services.
Here's the legal stuff:
Sessions are held for one (1) hour once per week or as scheduled by the client (you!) and Brown Beagle Books.
Payment is required by the first (free) consulting call. Refer to your welcome packet and individual contract for more details.