Steve Adams

Writing Coach and Writer

My name is Steve Adams. I’m a writing coach and a writer.

As a writing coach I’ve worked with published, award-winning novelists, short-fiction writers, and nonfiction writers; unpublished but dedicated and experienced writers; and those new to the game who have always believed they had something to say, but didn’t know quite how or where to begin.

My many years of writing and analyzing a broad range of forms (fiction, essay, playwriting, screenwriting, poetry) give me structural insight into manuscript evaluation, and my study of, and in-depth exposure to, music, acting, dance, theater arts, and visual arts affords me a varying set of perspectives from which to approach the process of writing and the disciplines that support art. I find coaching writers a form of work almost as rewarding as writing itself.

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Manuscript Evaluation/ Developmental Editing

As a developmental editor I will read your manuscript through once making general notes and basic line edits, then read it a second time taking much more detailed notes. Afterward I will compile my notes, examining the elements (narrative structure, character arcs, etc.) of your manuscript and how effectively they’re working, then write an extensive report - a roadmap for revision - that analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript and recommends actions to improve it from the macro to the micro level.

Within the manuscript itself I'll flag inconsistencies, awkward or confusing phrasing, grammatical errors, and line-editing issues as needed or requested.

For this service I charge $50 an hour. The amount of time spent on a particular work will vary depending upon its needs. Please contact me and I can come up with a rough estimate for your work.