Ridiculously Detailed, Seriously Custom, No Bullshit Manuscript Critiques and Developmental Editing

This is you right now:

You've read just about everything you can get your hands on about the craft of fiction writing. You've tried, tried, and tried again to get your story off the ground. You know you have talent, and you're willing to work hard, but you're done fooling around with vague advice, simplistic how-to books, repetitive blog posts, and random feedback from your friends and family.

You're ready to get serious about your writing.

You need professional feedback from someone who gets you. Someone with the knowledge, experience, and skills to help you bring your writing to the next level. You don't just want to write a story that's "okay." You want to create a work of art that readers will fall in love with. A story that gets you noticed, gets you fans, and ultimately gets you published.

Enter... me!

Bucket Siler, aka The Literary Architect. I'll help you transform your manuscript into a flawless, page-turning story that readers won’t be able to put down.

I help fiction writers create powerful stories.

Can I guarantee a bestseller, critical praise, and millions of dollars? Um, no. Will I do all the work for you? Afraid not. But will you end up bursting with pride and satisfaction, and with a story readers are dying to read? Fuck yes. I can help make that dream a reality.

Bucket Siler, The Literary Architect

What my clients are saying about me...

Bucket is a phenomenally gifted developmental editor. Her incisive eye is particularly helpful in illuminating gaps in your character development and areas of improvement in your plot. She brings a deep knowledge of literary techniques and a rich toolbox of narrative strategies to her editorial task. Your manuscript will be immeasurably improved by your work with this editor. The Literary Architect raises your game every time.

— Ned Hayes, bestselling author of The Eagle Tree

After working with Bucket, I felt more in touch with the important layers of my story and my characters emotional lives. I was able to move away from distractions and into meaningful drama. I love the way she hones in on the emotional center of the story and goes from there. I'd recommend her services anyone who's having trouble developing a story concept and/or untangling a storyline they are struggling with.

Dov Zeller, author of Itche & Are

What did I get out of working with Bucket? A polished story and a happy author (me)!

— Tatyana Firsova, writer

I’ve worked with Bucket on two occasions, and her feedback on my writing was absolutely spot-on. She provided me with a comprehensive evaluation of the piece, taking the time to articulate the strengths as well as the places where questions still lingered. My first piece was published in late 2014; the second was accepted shortly thereafter.

— Warren Read, author of Ash Falls

Seriously custom. Because your writing isn't like everyone else's.

I mean, I almost feel like I shouldn't have to say that. It's so... obvious. Right?

Here's the thing, though: I know how frustrating it can be to find clear, helpful feedback on your writing. Most editors hardly spend two seconds learning about your vision for your story before offering a slew of suggestions about how to “fix” it. If they guess right at your intentions, the feedback you paid for will be worth every penny. But you’ll still be left alone in terms of the next steps to take.

In short, you might know what to do, but not how or why. And how are you supposed to grow as a writer without the answer to those last two questions? That's why when I started The Literary Architect, I decided to do something different.

The Ultimate Manuscript Critique

Everything you need to re-energize your story, in one comprehensive package.

> Initial Chit-Chat <

We'll touch base over email, talk about your story, get to know each other, and get all your questions answered, so you can be sure we'll be a good fit before we start working together

> Story Vision Worksheet <

A detailed questionnaire, full of probing, insightful questions about your story, so we can both can get clear about your intentions and goals before I dive into your manuscript.

> Manuscript Critique <

A detailed letter that summarizes my assessment of your story, and maps a way forward for your next draft. I'll cover areas of plot, character, pacing, conflict, point of view, setting, style, and more. Read an example of a manuscript critique.

> Margin Notes (optional) <

I'll take detailed margin notes on every page of your manuscript, pointing out specific places where the story, characters, plot, etc. could use improvement, as well as the places where it is already strong. See an example of margin notes.

> Email Support <

I'll be available via email for two weeks after our deadline to answer all your burning questions and support you during your rewrite process.

> A New Friend <

Really, though. I encourage my clients to stay in touch with me after our project is complete. Even if we never work together again (and we probably will!), I want to hear what you're up to and cheer you on!

All that (and more!) starting at $.015 to $.03 per word

Need extras or have a custom project for me? I'll give you a quote!

Here's the Thing

You're a big deal. Your writing is a big deal. This isn’t some side project or hobby to fill your free time. This is your passion.

Opinions are easy to come by. Your mom, your spouse, the guy in your writing group... Anyone can read your story and tell you what they like, what they don’t like, what they think you should change.

But without a firm grounding in the craft of fiction and the art of story structure, opinions and “feedback” from friends, family, or other writers is basically useless.

To get where you're going, you need some serious, professional guidance.

So... ARE YOU READY?

The Ultimate Manuscript Critique is perfect for you if...

  • You have a full draft of a novel, short story, or screenplay
  • You're ready for detailed and specific developmental feedback on your story.
  • As much as you love your story, you feel like something isn't quite coming together the way you'd like, and you're ready to get a second opinion.
  • Your friends, family, or writing group isn't giving you the kind of detailed feedback you need.
  • You've worked with other editors and been disappointed about the quality or quantity of feedback you've received.

The Ultimate Manuscript Critique is not for you if...

  • You feel like your story is flawless and/or ready for publication.
  • You don't want to learn anything new or grow as a writer.
  • You want line edits, copy edits, or proofreading on your draft.

More praise...

“The Literary Architect gave me a new direction when I hit a wall.”

The Literary Architect gave me a new direction and passion for my novel-in-progress when I felt I’d hit a wall. Bucket immediately dove into the world of my story, closely examining my plot, characters, and theme, and brought a fresh, positive perspective to my work. Now I have a better focus for revision, and a deeper understanding of my own writing than ever before.

Kim Gryphon, Author of Shadow Flare

2016-06-15T22:31:48+00:00

Kim Gryphon, Author of Shadow Flare

The Literary Architect gave me a new direction and passion for my novel-in-progress when I felt I’d hit a wall. Bucket immediately dove into the world of my story, closely examining my plot, characters, and theme, and brought a fresh, positive perspective to my work. Now I have a better focus for revision, and a deeper understanding of my own writing than ever before.

“Her feedback was absolutely spot-on.”

I’ve worked with Bucket on two occasions, and her feedback on my writing was absolutely spot-on. She provided me with a comprehensive evaluation of the piece, taking the time to articulate the strengths as well as the places where questions still lingered. My first piece was published in late 2014; the second is polished and ready to go.

Warren Read, Author of The Lyncher in Me.

2016-06-15T22:34:29+00:00

Warren Read, Author of The Lyncher in Me.

I’ve worked with Bucket on two occasions, and her feedback on my writing was absolutely spot-on. She provided me with a comprehensive evaluation of the piece, taking the time to articulate the strengths as well as the places where questions still lingered. My first piece was published in late 2014; the second is polished and ready to go.

“Raises your game every time.”

Bucket is a phenomenally gifted developmental editor. Her incisive eye is particularly helpful in illuminating gaps in your character development and areas of improvement in your plot. She brings a deep knowledge of literary techniques and a rich toolbox of narrative strategies to her editorial task. Your manuscript will be immeasurably improved by your work with this editor. The Literary Architect raises your game every time.

Ned Hayes, MA and MFA. Author of the bestselling novel The Eagle Tree.

2016-06-16T19:38:17+00:00

Ned Hayes, MA and MFA. Author of the bestselling novel The Eagle Tree.

Bucket is a phenomenally gifted developmental editor. Her incisive eye is particularly helpful in illuminating gaps in your character development and areas of improvement in your plot. She brings a deep knowledge of literary techniques and a rich toolbox of narrative strategies to her editorial task. Your manuscript will be immeasurably improved by your work with this editor. The Literary Architect raises your game every time.

“A copilot to my creative process.”

As a writer who frequently gives up on projects halfway through, I’ve been looking for someone like Bucket Siler for a long time. I came to her with nothing more than a vague idea of the story I wanted to tell; with her help, I had a completed screenplay, ready for production, in a matter of months. She is an intelligent and skillful writer herself, and was able to act as a sort of copilot to my creative process. Anytime I found myself stuck, or lost in what I was writing, I was able to talk it out with her and move through it. With her help I was able untangle and understand the mess of ideas in my head, and turn them into what is likely the tightest and most nuanced screenplay I have ever written. I will definitely be working with her again on the next one.

Galen Hutchison, Filmmaker, Screenwriter

2016-08-23T21:55:53+00:00

Galen Hutchison, Filmmaker, Screenwriter

As a writer who frequently gives up on projects halfway through, I’ve been looking for someone like Bucket Siler for a long time. I came to her with nothing more than a vague idea of the story I wanted to tell; with her help, I had a completed screenplay, ready for production, in a matter of months. She is an intelligent and skillful writer herself, and was able to act as a sort of copilot to my creative process. Anytime I found myself stuck, or lost in what I was writing, I was able to talk it out with her and move through it. With her help I was able untangle and understand the mess of ideas in my head, and turn them into what is likely the tightest and most nuanced screenplay I have ever written. I will definitely be working with her again on the next one.

“Bucket’s process is totally unique.”

Before hiring Bucket, I had stopped writing because I felt too overwhelmed with what wasn't working. As a passionate writer with very little literary training, I knew I needed some guidance but hated the idea of someone slashing through my unfinished manuscript and telling me why my unconventional story would never sell. Bucket immediately picked up on the problem areas I had sensed, and affirmed the strength of the juicy spots I liked best. Her process is totally unique, and her feedback is incredibly on-point and personalized. She returned my manuscript with a goldmine of observations about how I could tell the story I set out to tell, in a way that would connect with readers. I feel incredibly glad that I made the leap and entrusted this work to Bucket.

Devon Lang, writer

2016-10-10T18:48:21+00:00

Devon Lang, writer

Before hiring Bucket, I had stopped writing because I felt too overwhelmed with what wasn't working. As a passionate writer with very little literary training, I knew I needed some guidance but hated the idea of someone slashing through my unfinished manuscript and telling me why my unconventional story would never sell. Bucket immediately picked up on the problem areas I had sensed, and affirmed the strength of the juicy spots I liked best. Her process is totally unique, and her feedback is incredibly on-point and personalized. She returned my manuscript with a goldmine of observations about how I could tell the story I set out to tell, in a way that would connect with readers. I feel incredibly glad that I made the leap and entrusted this work to Bucket.

How it Works

> Step 1 <

After an initial email exchange to get clear about our work together, our collaboration begins with a Story Vision Worksheet. In this detailed form, you'll tell me about your vision for your story so we get on the same page about your writing goals before my work begins.

> Step 2 <

I’ll review your manuscript, making detailed notes on your plot, characters, theme, and more. You'll get a detailed letter (and margin notes if requested) that summarizes my assessment of your story, and maps a way forward for your next draft. I'll cover areas of plot, character, pacing, conflict, point of view, setting, style, and more.

> Step 3 <

After you receive your review (by your deadline or earlier!) and take a moment to digest my feedback, you'll be able to ask me follow-up questions via email. I won't leave you hanging with unanswered questions or confusion about your next steps.

> Step 4 <

...and because I know you want to finish your story, I'll be checking back in with you about your progress after we're done. So you can stay accountable, feel supported, and do more for your writing goals in the next three months than you’ve done in the last three years.

Doesn't that sound like fun? (It really is!)

Need something you don't see here? No problem! I can work up a custom package and quote for you. Just fill out my contact form.

F.A.Q.

“There were creative writing teachers long before there were creative writing courses. They were called and continue to be called editors.”

–Kurt Vonnegut

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