“Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.”  --Henry Miller
"A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people." Thomas Mann
Writer Advice’s Manuscript Consultation Service has been offered through word-of-mouth for years. I decided to share the information below so readers could learn a bit more about my approach.

My specialty is giving “big picture” responses:

I tell you what I love because I believe all writers work better when they are given honest encouragement.

I tell you what trips me up and why.

I tell you WHAT I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT. This often opens doors for writers. I plant seeds, you nurture them, and your writing blossoms.
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Questons? E-mail me anytime at Lgood67334@comcast.net
October-December 2015
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Other services:

    I help those for whom English is a second, third, or fourth language rephrase their writing in Standard English.

    I help with brainstorming and organization.

    I do line edits and proofreading.

    Proofreading & Copyediting: $0.04 per word

    Business Letter Edit: $0.05 per word

    Query Letter Review and Edit: $95.00

    Synopsis Review and Edit: $95.00
    Term Paper Edit
        College: $0.04 per word
        High School: $0.03 per word

    Admission Essay
        Master/Doctoral Program:: $0.05 per word
        College/University Program: $0.04 per word

Is Writer Advice’s Manuscript Consultation Service Right for You?

Let’s find out.

E-mail a sample of your work-maybe 750 words or maybe a first chapter.

I’ll read your work and answer your questions or offer some suggestions. If I can’t help you, I can often suggest someone better suited to your needs.

Send the e-mail to Lgood67334@comcast.net and put Manuscript Consultation Request in the subject box.


I normally charge $40 per hour. A discount is available for approved manuscripts. To be approved, send me a 750-word sample of your writing, and if the subject matter and writing grab me, I’ll offer you a discount.

I also offer discounts to those who bring me new customers, so if you make referrals, please tell them to mention your name, okay?

If you prefer that I charge by the page or charge a flat fee, I’m happy to discuss that with you after I see a sample of your writing.

Editing Endorsements:

Thank you. I could have never done it without you. Truth!  -- Tyaga Hebel, author of I Am Marisol, a memoir in progress

"I wanted to tell you again…thank  you. I took a course from you on how to write a query…. You were so kind, gentle, encouraging and met me where I was on that journey…. I was going to get a quote from a well known author and thought maybe I could get the quote by only sending her the query letter that I had used to find a publisher. She ended up wanting to read the book before giving me a quote but commented on the outstanding query letter. That compliment goes to you. Thank you. I don’t know if you realize the difference you make…or at least made for me.” -Cinda Brooks, author of Heart Prints of Africa

B. Lynn Goodwin is an encouraging and effective mentor. Her comments challenged me to improve my writing and go deeper into each scene. Anyone working on an ongoing manuscript would benefit from her guidance. -Renee C., Hicksville NY

"B. Lynn Goodwin is great at giving what is needed! ...very accessible, responsive and supportive... suggests readings that are appropriate to your needs. I keep coming back to work with Lynn because she keeps me going on my project! [she] has been a wonderful inspiration." - Diane P., Pikesville MD

"If you are motivated and serious about your writing, Lynn Goodwin just may be a perfect match for you. She was always available if I had questions, she made great suggestions and her feedback was always given in such a way that I never felt embarrassed about my writing. She understood me and my needs and was very responsive."  -Debra R., Media PA

"I really felt I grew in my understanding of how to edit and possibly get an article published. Lynn Goodwin's encouragement was amazing and very uplifting. It made me want to continue to strive to become a better writer." -Mary Anne D., Riverhead NY

"My expectations were 1) to start writing anything, 2) to focus more onto one subject, and 3) to develop a theme and storyline. They are sequential for the most part. I got started, and developed some focus, but the potential storylines are still in glamourous thought impeded by many years of daily chores and procrastination. B. Lynn Goodwin was helpful in getting through some of that...She is great at starting with you where you are at and proceeding forward." -Susan P., Grangeville ID

"B. Lynn Goodwin is the best writing instructor I have ever had. She has guided me through this journey with ease." -Anthony F., Danville CA

"I found your comments both challenging and encouraging, and that is exactly the kind of response a writer seeks. You have given me plenty to think about as I read and edit.”   - Jeff Hampton, author of the manuscript, Aransas Morning

“Your mastery of language and thoroughness was so much more than I expected. I appreciated your insightful suggestions and comments. You are a writing treasure.” ~~Bobbie Marie, short story

“ I can see how much thought and insight you have put into the ms and I am extremely pleased with your efforts.” ~~Janelle Kimball, memoir

“...your comments about asking myself questions were very helpful. When I got stuck I’d ask myself what would Lynn tell me?” ~~Linda Powell, thesis

“I really enjoy your editing.  It is gentle, kind, and positive while asking important questions of the writer aiming always at bring out more precision and focus.” ~~Elizabeth Moreskine, poet

“Lynn thank you for your intuitiveness, understanding, encouragement and honest and positive feedback.” ~~Cheryl Wright, columnist for the Trinidad Guardian

"I wish I had an English teacher like you in high school, you make everything so clear."  ~~Amanda Wucherer, novel manuscript

Who Offers This Service?

B. Lynn Goodwin is a writer, editor, former English and drama teacher, and the author of You Want Me To Do What? - Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing).

She is published in The Sun Magazine, Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; the Oakland Tribune; the Contra Costa Times; the Danville Weekly; Staying Sane When You’re Dieting; Small Press Review; Dramatics Magazine; Career; We Care; Caregiving, and Self-Care NCDA Monograph; Families of Loved Ones Magazine; Flashquake, Bent Pin Quarterly and numerous other e-zines and blogs. In addition to choosing finalists for Writer Advice's Flash Prose Contest, she has been a judge for Tiny Lights, Redwood Writers, and the Pleasanton Poetry and Prose Festival.

She earned degrees from Vassar College and San Francisco State University and received her teaching credential from the University of Santa Clara. She facilitates writing workshops, loves doing author interviews, and since 1997 she has been publishing Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com.
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Is Writer Advice's Manuscript Consultation Service right for you?  Let's find out.

Email the first 750 words of your work.  I'll answer questions, say what I love, and make suggestions.

Send to Lgood67334@comcast.net

Put Manuscript Consultation Request in the subject box.