Active and known in the publishing field for over 25 years, author and illustrator Troy Howell offers experience as a creator of books. From concept to completed package, he collaborated with Mary Pope Osborne on her retelling of “Favorite Medieval Tales” (Scholastic Press); several of his poems, essays, a children’s picture book, and an adult short story have been published. His work has won awards and starred reviews, and in 2000 he was nominated for the Governor’s Award for the Arts.
Troy’s method of manuscript evaluation is to view the work as a whole—the storyscape—identifying its foundational idea, plot, structure, and theme, then zoom in on scenes and characters, with the protagonist being the central point, and zoom out in a final viewing, with style and voice—the wordscape—the last, but not least, matter of attention. This method applies to all the categories of works he evaluates: picture books, juvenile and young adult fiction, and adult fiction.
Troy is a member of James River Writers; the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI); the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP); and the Illustrators Club of Washington DC. He enjoys giving lectures, but not to his kids (two), his cats (too many), or his wife.
Services and rates
Children’s picture book (complete manuscripts only): 250.
Middle grade novel / chapter book (up to 60,000 words): 550.
Young adult novel (up to 75,000 words): 625.
Adult novel / short story collection (up to 85,000 words): 750.
First chapter only (include synopsis): 155.
Work in progress / draft (include synopsis): 420.
Here’s what you send Your manuscript in standard format, electronic document or printed version, and a description of your vision and goal/s for the book.
Here’s what you get A written critique of the work as a whole, defining your strengths and weaknesses in all the elements of fiction (plot, structure, character development, voice, etc.), the work’s viability for today’s market, and suggestions for improvement and revision. This may also include recommended reading of similar works, writing aids, and reference sources.
phone: 540 373 5199
58 Dobson Ln
Fredericksburg, VA 22405