These are the 3 deliverables I would like to receive at the end of the project.
#1: 43,500 word romance story.
#2: 1,500 word bonus chapter.
(And a quick blurb for the bonus chapter.)
#3: Blurb that will sell the book.
(One regular one and one of a much shorter length. More details will be provided later on in a separate brief -- It'll have 30 blurbs for you to study for an hour and then you'll create a comparable blurb based on your research.)
You will be required to read 4 books for research purposes to make yourself more familiar with reader expectations and whatnot.
Estimated length of each book: Book 1: 121 pgs. Book 2: 270 pgs. Book 3: 158 pgs. Book 4: 185 pgs.
We will provide you with highly specific and foundational guidelines as to create some sort of playing field (an outline that's 50% finished and a briefing document).
Updates are required every 5,000 words. When we don't agree with a creative choice that was made we'll let you know what we think should be changed and we'll try to give you some suggestions as well.
For example, when you've written a scene about a Navy Seal who got drunk after he heard news his girlfriend broke up with him and he failed to aid his buddy in a life or death situation, than we may suggest some changes. We may suggest that (because he is an actual SEAL who was no doubt trained to perform under circumstances much worse than a break up and he isn't the kind of guy who would endanger his comrades over his own petty feelings) they were on patrol and his buddy got killed because he drove over an I.E.D. When his girlfriend heard the news she broke up with him because she couldn't deal with PTSD.
When we point something out to you that we'd like to see changed we'd like you to go back and change that scene before you continue with a new scene. So we will give input while you are writing on where we want the story to go and we're liking/not.
Here's what the process will look like from beginning to end.
#1: Read 4 romance books we selected. (The reason we would like you to read these books is because we'd like you to know and respect your readers. An Excel file will be provided to note down things like: 'Overall Tone', 'How quickly and in what manner is conflict introduced', 'Scene Length / Chapter Length', etc.)
#2: Create an outline based on our research. We have an outline that's about 50% completed. (Using the 3-act structure.)
#3: Write the first draft.
(A completed first draft would be one that doesn't require any major rewrites and is ready to go to an editor. As stated before we'll be providing input along the way of what we're liking/not. Things that may require a rewrite before the manuscript would be sent to the editor are for example: characterization issues - if we ask you to write an alpha male, don't write a beta male. Other things that may require a rewrite is story structure, dialogue, plot holes, etc. For us, there is no point in sending a manuscript to an editor that will come back with 95% the same basic comments that we made.)
#4: Complete the final draft according to the editors’ comments.
(The editor would do a Substantive Edit. This is a macro edit that includes an analysis of plot, story structure, tone, voice, pacing, dialogue, character motivation, characterization, authenticity/believability, tension, POV, flow, etc.
This last phase is to mainly clean up oversights the editor addresses. However, to be perfectly clear, it may require rewrites of particular scenes and basic story elements if needed.
I would like to add that, just as in the first draft phase, this phase is completed when it's ready to go to the next phase. The end result should be one that's publishable. So there is no set number of 'editing rounds'. For example, when cleaning up an error introduces a new error, that new error also must be handled until the manuscript is clean and ready to be published.)
The bonus chapter also would be send to the editor and may require some edits as well.
There is also no set of editing round for the blurb that will sell the book. The blurb is completed when it’s publishable.
My budget (including UpWork fees) for this project is between $1500 and $2000 USD depending on your skill level.
The turnaround time for the first draft would be 3 weeks. And 7 days for the final draft.
I appreciate you taking the time to go over the project description to get a better idea what this project is about. Qualified applicants will receive a response within 72 hours.
Here are some final conditions you must agree to in order to bid on this project:
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Please reply with the following:
#1: 3-5 sentences about yourself and your story writing experience.
#2: IMPORTANT: Please include at least two 15,000+ word contemporary romance writing samples for us to review.