Tumblar House proudly endorses Dominic De Souza
Keep your readers turning pages!
I’m Dominic de Souza, Catholic Author & Writing Coach. I graduated from the Writers Institute for Children’s Literature. I’m a cradle Catholic, who works hard to deepen my love and understanding for the Faith. I provide developmental editing and writing coach services for millennials eager to share their stories.
Getting a second opinion is critical for great fiction.
Here’s a quote from an author who loved taking her manuscript deeper:
“Dominic de Souza has a great gift of editing that pours out into his skills, helping me go deeper into my thoughts and prose so that the words on pages spring to life.” Dr Jean Lee, ‘A Modern Day Mary Magdalene’
Every page you write is a chance to tell a better story, so get the feedback and brainstorming you need to help your creativity explode.
Did you know that most novels get finished, but never actually get read?
That’s because most authors get rejected from a publisher, often because of weak characterization, or some extra editing that needed to be done. Publishers often don’t have time to invest in improving your novel. They prefer top-quality, unless you’re a sheer genius.
Don’t worry, that’s not your fault. You just need some extra help to get you to publishing quality. Too many novels sit lonely and unread because you didn’t have the knowhow or confidence to craft a finished product.
So, here’s just the tip of the iceberg of what you get…
Together, we can get your book in incredible shape.
- You’ll spend less time wishing your friends would actually read it… like they said they would.
- You’ll become a better writer in the process.
- You’ll grow in confidence, and learn how to say what you need with smoother quality and a developed tone.
Never suffer from writers block again!
Having a developmental editor on your side guarantees you and your story a richness and depth that you couldn’t do on your own.
A developmental editor is your best friend.
- You’ll boost your writing style and feel confident in taking your manuscript to a publisher.
- When you finish that last page, you know that you’ve done everything you can to make an incredible novel.
- Every one is impressed at an author who’s actually finished a novel, right?
So here’s the bottom line: let’s start with ‘Review My Plot.’
Send me the summary of your story on one page and I’ll review it!
Most publishing houses/editors will want to see something like this; a synopsis of your plot that sketches the broadest strokes and shows that you have a clear idea of where the story is going.
Subplots are generally ignored, character details aren’t relevant. They want to see what happens in a general way.
Heck, you should probably have one before starting writing! :D
From this overview of your story, I’ll ask you at least three questions – either to prompt you to be more creative with your plot, or to clarify what you mean by a making a certain point. Having a fresh pair of eyes familiar with looking for plot development is a valuable way to make sure your story is working the way you know it should.
You get all of this for only $20.
But let me sweeten the pot for you even more.
Bonus: ‘Free Review!’
Send me a sample of your writing, and I’ll let you know one thing you’re already good at, and one thing you can start doing right now to become a better author.
Normally, I charge $65 per hour. But I want to see you become successful. I’m actually a nice guy like that. :D
And you have nothing to lose. Here’s my iron-clad, money-back guarantee:
If “Review My Plot” and “Free Review” doesn’t boost your confidence in your novel, doesn’t give me fresh thoughts for making my plot stronger, and doesn’t give me solid starters for improving my manuscript, then I understand that I will receive a full refund, No Questions Asked!
As you can see all the risk is squarely on my shoulders.
If you like how we work together, then I know you’ll come back – because now you have a bouncing board for brainstorming, and a Catholic who understands what you’re trying to do!
Here’s How To Order Right Now
So go ahead and click the ‘Review My Plot’ below. Let’s get started right now!
I’m excited to explore this with you. :) Join me now to explode your creativity!
LET'S DO THIS!
- Send me a piece of your writing under 500 words, and I’ll tell you one thing you’re good at!
EDIT MY NOVEL
- Send me up to 3 Chapters at a time. I’ll give it everything I’ve got. You want your novel to be amazing.
READ MY SUMMARY
I WANT THIS!
- Send me a 1 page summary. I’ll give you three questions to think about for your story.
REVIEW MY FULL PLOT
- I’ll read your full synopsis and boost your creativity with as many questions as possible.
Every idea you write could be better, every page in your novel could take you places that never occurred to you.
I’ve been passionate about storytelling since I was 7, and have spent equal amounts of time writing and studying the craft of writing.
But if you and I are anything like each other, we are always dying for someone to hear our story idea and give us feedback – feedback that actually helps us improve.
Authors need Feedback, not Critiquing.
More often than not, we’d get that look of glazed interest from friends and family, with happy little cliches like
- “Sounding good so far,”
- “Yeah, there’s a lot you could do with that.”
- “I’ll read it when you’re done!”
But that’s not what you need. Or want. I know that I wanted someone who would actually engage with my world, learn the rules and help me unlock the incredible story that was keeping me up at night.
I needed to share with someone that eagerness and creativity to tell a story that would make the reader stay up all hours.
I was fortunate to have another brother who loved writing, and as I look back on it now, I realize that often we were ‘developmental editors’ for each other, and we’d spend hours brainstorming over picking potatoes or taking long car rides, drawing inspiration from all the books and films that we watched. And they were a lot.
Perhaps right now you’re beginning to realize how incredible something like this is. I know I’m tingling over the possibilities. A Developmental Editor (writing coach) doesn’t focus on what happens after you finish your novel.
I do more than help you edit and proofread to get it ready for publication.
I help you tell the story you always wanted to tell. I’m a sounding board on which you can bounce ideas, and I come back with loads of questions to deepen your work, to flesh out your characters and hone in on their motivations.
Too Close to Be Objective?
More often than not, we are too close to our own stories to be objective. We don’t see the plot gaps, the holes, the implied elements that make sense to us, but not others.
A developmental editor looks at your story arc, how you’ve laid out your scenes, how you’re expressing your characters, how you’re telling your story, and breaks it down scene by scene, paragraph by paragraph with rich questions designed to jumpstart your creativity, firm up your narrative and tell an incredible tale.
Development can be a thrilling experience!
Say you have an idea for a novel, and you’ve been stewing on it for a couple of weeks. Or perhaps even a couple of hours (!), and you really need someone to brainstorm with.
Now is the time to start developing it.
Hiring a writing coach after you’ve written your novel can be very painful, because it can sometimes involve huge amounts of rewriting – especially if you are early in your writing career.
But getting a coach involved early on is a fantastic way to stir your creativity and deepen your story in ways you never expected.
Excited yet? I am!
This is a chance to make a new friend, someone who understands the unique passion and excitement that comes from exploring a new world, inventing an invasion, or coding a mystery into seemingly normal events.
We’re talking about someone an email away who will give you valuable insights into your own story, drawing on a wealth of passion and love of writing. Each email is packed with questions and suggestions to keep you going.
We’ve had that one person in our lives who thinks that critiquing is taking a hammer to our flaws to make them bigger so that we see them easier. Not cool.
Give me ideas. Not Criticism.
Creative criticism should be supported by suggestions. The more I learn about your world, the better I will be at helping you develop it.
Within our first couple of emails, you’ll realize that I’m asking things about your world that you hadn’t considered. Perhaps you hoped to ignore it, or that no one would notice. ;)
But you’ll realize that telling a good story means going the extra mile. And I am so pumped to get to know you and your WIP (work in progress!)
How to Work with a Developmental Editor
In opening up your story to someone else, you feel like you’re exposing something precious, opening up yourself to ridicule, sharing where you’re particularly vulnerable.
Not gonna happen. I’m on your side. :)
That being said, I will frequently ask you why you made a certain plot point, challenge you to clarify your reasoning, and collaborate with you to improve your brainchild.
“Successful collaboration allows the author to feel sustained and liberated by knowing that she doesn’t have to bear the burden of creation, development, and refinement alone.” Paul D. McCarthy
Here are three things courtesy of Katherine Pickett to bear in mind as we start collaborating on your story;
- Be open minded and seriously consider the feedback I provide. We are both looking to do the same thing; improve your story. It can be hard to have someone else take your story apart, and sometimes it might seem like they don’t appreciate the hard work and imagination you’ve put into it. Not the case. :)
- Flexibility and good communication are vital. I will always do my best to communicate exactly what I mean, and not imply or fudge the details you want/need to hear. It’s your book, so we need to be on the same page. It’s a two-way street, and I expect that kind of transparency from you.
- Remain focused on the big picture. Once we’ve agreed on the direction your book should take, I will help you determine the best order and organization for the chapters, highlight places where the text may have digressed too far from the topic, and point out areas where more explanation is needed.
If you’re in with both feet, or certainly interested to give this a go for a while, I expect only one thing from you; respect. You remain totally free to implement any/none of my changes, but I will always do my best to ask the questions and help you through the flaws to build a better novel.
So try out one of my service packages, and start with the free option to start our discussion. :)