Free/donation based services:
Query 1st page, and synopsis critiques
Author appearances (virtual/in person)
Resources for new authors
Query, 1st page, and Synopsis Critiques
This is a donation-based service, because I know how hard it can be to get feedback, and because I also know intimately what it’s like to be working and writing and still living hand to mouth. That means if you find my feedback helpful, I ask you to buy me a coffee ($3 in my ko-fi), but only if you’re able.
To submit, just fill out the form below. Query letters/1st page submissions should be 1 page, a synopsis can be up to two. I’m willing to help with most fiction genres, but I’m not the best fit for romance, picture books/children’s books or hard sci-fi. I am most knowledgeable on urban fantasy and historical fiction (YA and adult). I also have some limited experience with nonfiction.
Responses will include a word attachment, unless you specify all comments should be in the body of an email in your submission.
If you are an indie/small press/self published author, I do book reviews here on the blog. I accept both ebooks and paperbacks, though my preference is for hard copies. I always post my honest opinion.
For more information, please contact me at author.SophiaBeaumont (at) gmail (dot) com.
Lectures and Personal Appearances
Do you have a book club or youth organization (Girl Scouts, 4-H, Power of the Pen, etc) and would like to arrange an author appearance? Contact me at author.sophiabeaumont (at) gmail (dot) com. Please note that the subject matter of my books does include anxiety and depression, including suicidal ideation. While I think it is important for young people of all ages to understand the impact of mental illness, I also understand that not every parent is comfortable discussing these matters with their children and may not consider it appropriate for readers under age 16.
My current lecture rotation includes indie and self publishing, historical research, women in the Victorian period, and asexual and mental health rep in fiction.
I am located in Kent, Washington, and am willing to travel for in-person appearances in the greater Seattle area. Outside of that area, I may ask for a small fee to help cover travel costs, which can be discussed at the time of inquiry.
This service is intended to help identify weak points in plot, character, representation, coherence, structure/organization, and some light editing (I may point out things like crutch words, passive voice, etc) as well as the general enjoyability of the book.
I currently charge $25 for manuscripts or partial manuscripts up to 60,000 words, and $50 for 60,000-100,000 words. Current turnaround is 2-3 weeks. In terms of genre, my best fit would be mysteries, urban fantasy, paranormal, and historical fiction, but I’m open to most genres (MG/YA/adult). I am not a good fit for romance/erotica, high fantasy, hard scifi, or anything involving graphic violence or body horror.
Copy editing includes looking at spelling and grammar, punctuation, spacing, etc. It is NOT editing for content.
For manuscripts up to 60,000 words, I charge $50. 60-100,000 is $100. This can be combined with a critique or sensitivity read for an additional fee.
Sensitivity readers check for problematic representation. I am an aro/ace white woman with a chronic fatigue condition, anxiety and depression. I also have lived in poverty and abusive environments.
Please keep in mind that not every experience is the same, even for people who share marginalizations. While I may not find a particular scene/character/etc to be harmful, others might. And while others might not have a problem with something, it might bother me a lot. Sensitivity reads, just like any other critique, are opinions and should be treated as such.
Because this takes a lot of emotional labor in additional to mental effort, sensitivity reads are open only to full manuscripts and start at $150, regardless of manuscript length, with additional charges applied based on word count and content of manuscript. If you would like an estimate, please contact me at the address below.
The following is a list of classes I offer. For more details, pricing, and material lists, please email me at the address below. While all are welcome, I concentrate on teaching teens and adults.
Spinning wheel (coming in 2020)
Introduction to knitting
Introduction to hand sewing & mending
If you would like more information or to discuss pricing for any of my services, or to commission me for another project, please email me at author.sophiabeaumont (at) gmail (dot) com.