Manuscript Isn’t Selling?

The thing I hear most often at writing conferences is the following : I’ve edited and edited. Worked and worked. And I still can’t get an agent or publisher interested in my Manuscript.

So, I paired up with MAKEREADY DESIGNS/QUIRKS & COMMAS to offer the following:

  1. A free read of chapter one (no more than 4k) – at this point, we can both decide if I’m a good fit for your story. I’ll happily pass on 2-5 paragraphs of notes without charge. If I don’t think I can help you with the MS, I’ll let you know.
  2. If you’d like me to help you know why your MS isn’t selling, and what you could do to make your story more marketable, I’ll read your manuscript and write up an edit letter – similar to what you’d get from an acquisitions editor when your novel sells. This is generally 2-5 pages long, depending on the issues found.
  3. After you’ve read over my notes, if you have other questions, I’d be happy to work those out with you. If you’d like help finding comp titles, I’m happy to help with that once we’re finished.
  4. If you need query letter help, cost varies from 30.00 (one edit pass) to 90.00 (if you want me to write the whole thing).


What sets us apart?

Our focus not only on storyline but marketability.

FREE first chapter and $50.00 per 10,000 words after.


Here’s what I bring to the table:

  1. My obsessive watching of Publisher’s Marketplace, outlining recent sales.
  2. Over a year of interning with a large, reputable literary agency.
  3. Time spent with content, line, and copy editors from five different publishing houses.
  4. Seven years working as a published author.
  5. Years of working as mentors for numerous writing conferences, including drafting, editing, and query workshops.
  6. A willingness to discuss my notes with the author when I’m finished with their manuscript and have passed along my notes.


To schedule a read, please email me at jolenebperry (at) gmail (dot) com

I’ll ask you for your first chapter, send you notes, and then you and I will decide if I’m a good fit for you. What’s the purpose of this? If I don’t think I can help, I don’t want to read your book. On the flipside, if you’re not sure about me, my advice won’t help you either.

Happy Writing!
~ Jo

Published by Jolene Perry

Hiker. Occasional Yogi. Equestrian. Couch potato. Music lover. Mediocre guitar player. Sailor. Tailor. Home body. Traveler. Enjoys suffering from being interested in everything. Co-founder and instructor at Waypoint Author Academy. Rep'd by Amy Bishop of Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

2 thoughts on “Manuscript Isn’t Selling?

  1. You are so awesome, Jo. I’m gonna take you guys up on this. I will be emailing you soon. And thank you for doing something like this.

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