Emily Rapp Black is pleased to offer private manuscript consultations for nonfiction and fiction projects of all lengths and in all stages of completion. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. In addition, Emily runs Blueprint Manuscript Consulting, which offers full-service manuscript consulting service for fiction and nonfiction of all stripes, and at most levels of completion and/or polish.
"Emily Rapp Black sees the story only you can tell and she pulls that out of you like no one else can, including yourself.
I don’t know how anyone can get anything published without availing themselves of Emily’s editing expertise. Emily is tough and to-the-point. She reads every line and knows exactly where you should use exposition, where a line of dialogue should be, where you need to expand and write more, and where you need to cut out the extraneous little darlings that you just can’t bring yourself to kill. When I read her comments on my work I always think oh, of course, that’s exactly what this needs. She brings what you see subconsciously into your consciousness.
Emily doesn’t waste time—yours or hers. She works quickly, but thoroughly, and has short turn around times.
"So often, when a writer writes, what she sees in her head does not end up on the page ... The brilliance of Emily Rapp Black is that when she reads your work, she sees what may still be in your head."
She makes suggestions for reading lists that inform your work and expand your capabilities. She gives you assignments—rewrite this scene in 3rd person, have your narrator take a walk in her neighborhood and describe in minute detail what the narrator sees—that raises the level of whatever you are working on.
Do yourself and your writing a favor, take advantage of Emily Rapp Black’s editing services. It’s like having your own private master class in writing when you work with her."
- Nancy Conyers, nancylconyers.com
"Emily's insights helped me move forward with my manuscript. She's able to see what a story needs in order to work and communicate that to a writer. Her observations and guidance were invaluable."
- Megan McCord
"Emily helped me to bring my novel into focus. She pointed out a central weakness and helped me to identify ways to correct it. Her work was timely and thorough. I highly recommend Emily Rapp Black as a manuscript consultant!"
- Jane O'Keeffe
"In my many years of studying the craft I had never received advice that made as much sense as that provided by Emily. Her notes were written directly into the script and the margins making my rewrite more manageable. She was positive and enthused yet honest about my weak spots ... If you need an editor, a mentor, a champion to guide your narrative to the finish line. Emily is your gal."
- Tan Frank