For Authors

Hi, I’m Dr. Jana Broecker. I have 10+ yrs. of experience as scientific reviewer and editor and have been studying picture books for the last 8+ yrs. I’ve specialised in Rhyme & Meter and would love working with you!


“Let me be your Partner In Rhyme!”

Dr. Jana Broecker

Editorial Services

My critique of your book will be honest and detailed. I’m always aiming at assisting you in making your story the best it can be. Thus, my feedback is never about you as an author, it is about your work.

My analytical thinking skills as well as my experience as a concept-book author help me to see the underlying story structure in your manuscript, to reveal plot holes to you, and to identify the right questions that will help you to push your story to the next level.

I’ve specialised in Rhyme & Meter, because I love writing and reading rhyming stories and because I understand language and the world itself in patterns. Since I’ve illustrated several picture books myself, I have the added experience to juggle the marriage between text and illustrations in picture-book manuscripts.

Please send any editing requests to: info@jbroeckerbooks.com


Rhyme & Meter Edits

My approach is very educational, and most clients improve their rhyming skills with every project that we do together. You can choose from 3 packages:

“JANA, SHOW ME!” PACKAGE:

You will receive a syllable-by-syllable analysis of your manuscript. I’ll note down for every syllable, if I hear an unstressed or stressed syllable. This will allow me to identify the underlying meter and to explain its basic structure to you. I’ll also indicate if a rhyme pair is not perfect. This package does not include any recommendations for improvements!

Fee: $50 for a manuscript with up to 500 words (an additional $0.1/word is charged for manuscripts with higher word counts)

Here is the detailed workflow for this package:

  1. You get in touch and let me know the word count of your manuscript.
  2. I send you an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) to be signed by the two of us. It legally binds me to confidentiality, so that you can share your manuscript with me. It also acts as our contract. By signing the NDA you agree to the fee above.
  3. I send you an invoice and PayPal payment link.
  4. You pay upfront.
  5. You send me your manuscript.
  6. I start editing and send you detailed edits back asap (usually within a couple of days).

“JANA, FIX IT!” PACKAGE:

All of the above PLUS: I will indicate where the meter is off in your manuscript and explain to you why. I’ll then suggest wordings to fix meter issues and will provide you with several alternatives to pick from. If your manuscript contains imperfect rhyme pairs, I’ll recommend perfect rhyme pairs that could work well for the respective part of your story. Finally, I’ll also do a standard copy editing by pointing out typos and grammar and punctuation issues. This is My Clients’ Favourite Package!

Fee: starts at $150 for a manuscript with up to 500 words (final fee depends on manuscript quality)

Here is the detailed workflow for this package:

  1. I send you an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) to sign by the two of us. It legally binds me to confidentiality, so that you can share your manuscript with me.
  2. You send me your manuscript or a snippet from it.
  3. I have a look and then give you a binding quote.
  4. You accept in writing.
  5. I send you an invoice and PayPal payment link.
  6. You pay upfront.
  7. I start editing and send you detailed edits back asap (usually within a couple of days).

“JANA, WRITE IT!” PACKAGE:

If you have a lovely story but struggle with writing in rhymes, don’t worry! This package has you covered. Give me your detailed story concept and I’ll ghostwrite your book for you. Of course, it will have flawless rhymes. You keep all creative rights and are listed as the author. This package does not include illustrations or layouts.

Fee:  $7500 for a manuscript with up to 500 words (an additional $15/word is charged for manuscripts with higher word count as requested by the client)

Here is the detailed workflow for this package:

  1. I send you an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) to be signed by the two of us. It legally binds me to confidentiality, so that you can share your story concept with me.
  2. We discuss how long the rhyming manuscript will be based on the length of the story idea you provide.
  3. Based on the word count we have agreed on, I give you a binding quote.
  4. By signing the NDA you agree to the fee above, and the NDA will now act as our contract.
  5. I send you an invoice and PayPal payment link.
  6. You pay upfront.
  7. I start ghostwriting your story and will update you regularly. The writing time will be nor more than 4-8 weeks.

Please send any editing requests to: info@jbroeckerbooks.com


Developmental Edits

You can choose from 3 packages:

“COVER LOVER” PACKAGE:

You will receive a detailed analysis of your cover. I’ll analyse its composition and the colour choices. I’ll then assess the title’s readability with respect to font size and font choice, how well it is embedded in the illustration, how well it contrasts with the latter, and how it will look as a thumbnail. Most importantly, I’ll then identify if the cover illustration effectively communicates your story’s premise, if this is done in a compelling way, and if this matches your audience’s expectations. To do this, I’ll research the market for your book’s niche and will involve up to 5 test objects (parents and teachers; only if you agree). Based on that, I’ll provide you with detailed recommendations for improvements.

Fee: $75 per project

Here is the detailed workflow for this package:

  1. I send you an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) to be signed by the two of us. It legally binds me to confidentiality, so that you can share your cover design with me. The NDA also acts as our contract. By signing it you agree to the fee above.
  2. I send you an invoice and PayPal payment link.
  3. You pay upfront.
  4. You send me your cover (ideally once with title and once without).
  5. I start analysing it and send you detailed feedback back asap (usually within a couple of days).

“STORY TELLER” PACKAGE:

You will receive a substantial edit of your manuscript that focuses on storytelling. Thus, this package includes an analysis of: Plot & Story Arc or Concept; Story Consistency; Characters and Their Development; and Scenes. This package does not include standard copy editing (i.e., typos, grammar, punctuation).

Fee: $125-175 per project (depends on the manuscript length)

Here is the detailed workflow for this package:

  1. I send you an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) to sign by the two of us. It legally binds me to confidentiality, so that you can share your manuscript with me.
  2. You send me your manuscript.
  3. I have a look first and then give you a binding quote.
  4. You accept in writing.
  5. I send you an invoice and PayPal payment link.
  6. You pay upfront.
  7. I start editing and send you detailed edits back asap (usually within a couple of days).

“CAREFREE” PACKAGE:

You will receive a substantial structural edit of your manuscript, which includes an analysis of: Plot and Story Arc Or Concept; Story Consistency; Characters and Their Development; Scenes; Use of Language and Style; Word Choice; Word Count (and suggestions where to shorten, if applicable); Title Choice; Recommended Age Group; Formatting Feedback; Standard Copy Editing (i.e., typos, grammar and punctuation); Enjoyment of Reading; How Do Illustrations Interact With The Text (where included); Brief Market Research. This package will include various suggestions for improvements and I will raise questions to help you clarify your intentions with the story at hand.

Fee: $150-200 per project (depends on the manuscript length)

Here is the detailed workflow for this package:

  1. I send you an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) to sign by the two of us. It legally binds me to confidentiality, so that you can share your manuscript with me.
  2. You send me your manuscript.
  3. I have a look first and then give you a binding quote.
  4. You accept in writing.
  5. I send you an invoice and PayPal payment link.
  6. You pay upfront.
  7. I start editing and send you detailed edits back asap (usually within a couple of days).

Please send any editing requests to: info@jbroeckerbooks.com

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