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It all began with a Fearless Manuscript Review. In early 2003, unknown and unpublished author Gary Renard sent Fearless Books a manuscript entitled The Disappearance of the Universe for a full assessment. By late 2003, that title was published under the Fearless imprint and went on to become a metaphysical best-seller. After 25,000 copies of the Fearless edition were sold, the title was taken over by Hay House, which now has 200,000+ copies in print, in 20 languages worldwide.
D. Patrick Miller, founder of Fearless Books and Literary Services, has been assessing and editing fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for over twenty years, and has given hundreds of authors priceless advice on refining and preparing their work for publication. He has also provided editing and assessments directly to major publishers including Viking, Crown, Warner, Doubleday, Avon, Simon & Schuster, J.P. Tarcher, Hay House, New World Library, and others. He knows a number of literary agents and can help promising authors make publishing connections. Finally, Patrick has been publishing independently since 1997 and knows the ropes of conventional publishing, print-on-demand, e-books, and other forms of publication.
No other editor or literary service can offer this breadth and depth of expertise. If you’re wondering whether your manuscript has what it takes to succeed — and what you can do to improve its chances — investing now in a Fearless assessment is the smartest literary move you’ll ever make!
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“I am entirely satisfied and immensely grateful for Patrick’s help with my book—from his first evaluation of the manuscript, to his editing, to his book designing, to his help with publishing, to his publicity plan. I unreservedly recommend using Patrick’s help at every (or any) stage in the process of writing, designing, publishing and publicizing your book.” — SUSAN THESENGA, author (Being & Awakening, 2012)
"D. Patrick Miller transformed my amateur manuscript into a well-written, reader-friendly, professionally formatted book. As an experienced author himself, his editing services are extremely valuable and will turn a good manuscript into a great book that has the potential to become a bestseller.Simply put, D. Patrick Miller turned my dream of becoming a published author into a reality." — Suzanne Ross, author, Wake Up! Awakening through Reflection
PUBLISHED WORKS CRITIQUED OR EDITED BY FEARLESS INCLUDE:
How to Stop Screwing Up (Hampton Roads, 2007)
by Martha Woodroof
Stay Tuned: Conversations with Dad from the Other Side
(Hampton Roads, 2007) by Jenniffer Weigel
Self-Publishing for Dummies (Wiley, 2006)
by Jason R. Rich
The FLIP (Hampton Roads, 2006)
by Jared Rosen & David Rippe
The Lost Girls (Simon & Schuster, 2004)
a novel by Laurie Fox
Lilith A. Wilith (Lilith & Co., 2002)
children’s picture book by Susan A. Krauser
Boy Still Missing (William Morrow, 2001)
a novel by John Searles
The Way of Adventure (John Wiley & Sons, 2000)
by Jeff Salz, Ph.D.
My Sister from the Black Lagoon
(Simon & Schuster, 1999) a novel by Laurie Fox
Facing Death and Finding Hope (Doubleday, 1997) by Christine Longaker
Inventing the AIDS Virus (Regnery, 1996)
by Peter H. Duesberg
At Long Last Love (Warner, 1994)
by John & Julie Wingo
The Undefended Self (Pathwork Press, 1994)
by Susan Thesenga
The Power of Ethical Persuasion (Viking, 1993)
by Tom Rusk, M.D. with D. Patrick Miller
Instead of Therapy (Hay House, 1991)
by Tom Rusk, M.D. with D. Patrick Miller
What is a Manuscript Review?
A review is a full, publisher-level assessment of your work in progress, including sample editing and comments on the manuscript plus a comprehensive letter of review. This letter offers further observations on what’s working in your project and what could be improved. The Manuscript Review is a crucial step that’s important before you pay for line editing, because it can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
How? Most line editors provide only a technical check and correction of your existing manuscript, charging by the word from beginning to end. They are not assessing the manuscript’s potential to succeed as a published book. To provide that kind of assessment requires publishing expertise, and very few people offering line editing services are also veteran publishers.
Too many writers invest in copy-editing prematurely, often spending several thousand dollars on a full line edit of their manuscripts before necessary developmental work has been done. First-draft manuscripts are often in need of restructuring or restyling, which the author can usually do with skilled advice. So it is much smarter to follow a publisher’s advice on how to shape and refine your early draft before engaging the services of a line editor. This can not only save you money, but will make you a better writer.
Editing, Coaching, and Publishing
After your project is reviewed, Patrick will recommend the most efficient and least expensive method of editing. If he feels that he can do it at that point, he'll offer a significant discount and begin the edit right away. If you do your own first revision and come back later for editing, the editing fee will be discounted.
In some cases, a Review is the beginning of a coaching relationship for the continuing development of a project. An assessment and/or editing may also be the start of an Assisted Publishing project, which takes you all the way to a finished book in print and/or digital formats. (You can download the free e-book CHOOSE YOUR PUBLISHING OPTION for a current & comprehensive survey of all the publication alternatives.)
An assessment deals with both the literary quality and publishing potential of your work. The aim is to help you achieve a greater sense of accomplishment as a writer, and find the most efficient and rewarding route to publication. That may mean helping you land representation with a literary agent, find an appropriate independent publisher, or pursue publication on your own. Almost any kind of book project can be assessed or edited, with the exception of projects of a highly technical nature.
How long does a Review take?
For standard-length projects, allow six to eight weeks from the time of submission and payment to the return of a manuscript with comments, sample editing, and the letter of assessment. Short or partial manuscripts will be assessed more quickly.
How do I submit a manuscript for assessment?
Write to email@example.com and you'll receive a reply with instructions for submitting payment and submission of your manuscript in Word as an e-mail attachment. For a novel, please submit a synopsis of the storyline; for nonfiction projects, a table of contents and/or a brief chapter outline is helpful. With any work, you should submit a cover letter in the text of your e-mail, describing the history of the project to date, your writing experience, and what you hope to achieve by being published.
See the rate schedule below for costs of reviewing a long manuscript, short or partial manuscript, nonfiction proposal, poetry, and query or cover letters.
Basic Rates and Conditions for Manuscript Reviews
$995-$1295.00 is the fee range for assessing a book-length manuscript (50,000-100,000 words). Manuscripts of more than 100,000 words are subject to a surcharge of $200 for each additional 10,000 words. All manuscripts should be accompanied by a synopsis (for fiction) or table of contents and chapter summaries (for nonfiction) of the entire project. Payment can be made online, and submissions are accepted as Word files submitted via e-mail. You will be sent the link to a page where you can pay online.
You will receive a written review of approximately 2000 words, providing a professional opinion of your materials strong points, weaknesses, marketing potential, and overall impact. The assessment generally includes some sample editing and additional comments directly on the first 50 pages of Word manuscript files. Explicit "next steps" advice is given to help you improve your work on your own. If it's determined that your work is ready for line editing and the full written Review would not be useful, you'll receive an estimate for the total editing project. In that case, the initial Review fee will serve as a partial deposit.
$250-$795.00 is the fee range for reading and evaluating complete or partial manuscripts of fewer than 50,000 words, such as novellas, children’s picture books, middle-grade novels, short stories, nonfiction articles, and so on. The written assessment will be about 1000 words.
$695.00 is the standard fee for a Proposal Assessment, reviewing a cover letter and/or query, chapter outline, and short writing sample for a nonfiction project. This assessment helps with the refinement of nonfiction proposals intended for agents and editors.
$250.00 is the standard fee for reading and reviewing a poetry collection. A poem or group of poems comprising up to 200 lines total will be assessed, for $75. Inquire about custom rates. Payment must accompany manuscript.
$75.00 is the standard fee for reviewing and editing a query or cover letter, professional introductions, resumés, press releases, and other brief business-related media. Turnaround is within 48 hours, in most cases. Payment must accompany manuscript.
PLEASE NOTE THAT RESERVATIONS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN FOR REVIEWS AND ASSESSMENTS. If you would like to reserve a start date for the next available Fast Assessment or Review, write firstname.lastname@example.org for the current schedule and reservation information.
Before founding Fearless Books in 1997 to continue the publication of his writing, D. PATRICK MILLER sold three solo projects to major publishers: Viking, Henry Holt, and Dell. He is now the author of twelve titles in print and 25+ e-books, including Understanding A Course in Miracles (Ten Speed/Random House), and Living with Miracles (Tarcher/Penguin). As a collaborator, ghostwriter, or principal editor, Miller has helped other authors prepare manuscripts for such publishers as Viking, Doubleday, Warner, Crown, Simon & Schuster, Jeremy P. Tarcher, Hay House, Hampton Roads, and John Wiley & Sons. His poetry has been published in a number of magazines and several anthologies. Miller provides professional manuscript consultations to literary agents and publishers as well as published and unpublished authors working in fiction and nonfiction. He also helps many writers publish independently through the Fearless Assisted Publishing program. He is a member of the Authors Guild and Editorial Freelancers Association, and served as president of the Northern California chapter of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) for six years.