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Writing Assistance

We offer a Writing Assistance service that is less expensive than hiring a ghostwriter, yet you get the advantage of having a published author (or authors) help you create a marketable manuscript.

This service is particularly helpful for first time fiction writers who can benefit from the guidance of an experienced, published writer. Writing assistance is also a popular service among those who want to write autobiographical works. Only you know your story -- so you must write the first draft yourself.

Whatever type of manuscript you want to write, we can help you to get started -- and we can continue to provide assistance throughout the writing process.

We begin by helping you to create a synopsis, an organized outline, and character sketches (these materials will guide you through the rest of the writing process). Next, you write a draft of the first chapter or section and send it to us to properly format, critique, and edit. We work back and forth like this until a complete draft of the entire story has been written. Then, we both read the store again to ensure there are no remaining errors or changes that need to be made.

When your work is complete, we assist you in securing an official copyright. We also provide you with a researched listing of suitable publishers to submit your work to.

Writing Assistance includes all of the following:

  • Proper formatting for submission to publishers or agents
  • Basic Proofreading Edit to correct typos, spelling errors, and errors in the use of standard written English (such as punctuation, word choice, sentence structure, mechanics, etc.)
  • Content Edit to strengthen suspense, description, sense of time and place, characterization, etc.
  • Critique Service that points out the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript and offers specific suggestions on how to improve any weak areas
  • Assistance in securing an official copyright


For most projects, we charge a flat fee of $3,500 (in US currency) for this service. In special circumstances, we charge $40 per hour. We require an advance payment of $500 to begin work and assist you with the set up materials (synopsis, outline and character sketches). You make monthly payments on the balance.

Estimated Timelines

A full-length book typically takes six months to one year to complete -- depending on how much time you have to devote to the project and how much substantive editing each chapter requires. The average turn around time is nine months.

To order Writing Assistance, contact us at hszott@hawkeyeediting.com.

"Wow!!! What a beautiful piece of work. Your talents are beyond description.
You[r] ability to organize, delete, reformat, and fill-in the areas that needed it is amazing. I wish I could have been there the whole [time] to see how you were able to perform the magic...You worked wonders! I LOVE IT!!!" -- Glen Nicholson, author of the non-fiction text entitled Success Coming Your Way: Your Guide to Study Skills, Motivation, and Good Health

NOTE: All fee quotes are in US currency and are based on the standard manuscript submission format: 8 1/2" x 11" page, double-spaced, 1" margins, 12 point standard font, appropriate header, and page numbers centered at the bottom.

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