Ultimately, to write is an act of faith."
Over the years, I have frequently been asked by my students to look at their work and critique their manuscripts outside of class; or guide them along the precipitous road to get their work published. Although I sometimes provided suggestions, I never formalized the relationship. Now however, given the ever more daunting challenges in the publishing industry even for the most talented writers, I have decided that with what I have learned in four decades as a writer, author and teacher of writing, I am in a position to help writers at the early stages of their careers.
But before we go further, I'd like to tell you what I won't do. I am not a line editor who will charge you as much as $10 per page to edit your work; nor am I a book doctor who will fix your book length manuscript so it is presentable for presentation to publishers and exact a fee of hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars (which, by the way, frequently exceeds anything you will earn even if the book is published); nor do I want to help you revise and rewrite your work and then leave you adrift aimlessly in search of a publisher.
have decided to do is to serve as a writing coach to a select cadre of
fiction and nonfiction writers. Exactly what I can offer you is
described under Services and you should look this over to see if I can
be of help. While I can't make any promises nor guarantee your work will
be published, I will tell you that I'll improve the odds you'll see your
work in print and that when we're done, you'll be a better writer.
Richard D. Bank