Your. Writing. Navigator.
helping you find your way
The world of writing and publishing can be a lonely place. A wilderness of unknowns, pitfalls, corkscrew turns, and uncharted paths.
How do you find your way through? How do you get answers to your questions? Where do you turn for advice and guidance? How do know when you're ready for the next leg of your journey?
YOU NEED A NAVIGATOR.
Do any of these sound familiar?
How do I know what I should write?
I have so many ideas. Where do I start?
How long should it be taking me to write my book?
I just can't find the time to write. How do I make time?
Do I need an agent? And if so, where/how do I find one?
Should I self-publish or go for a traditional publisher?
Where do I find a good editor?
How do I really know if my writing is any good?
I have an agent, now what?
I have a contract, now what?
How can I learn to write better?
Are writers conferences worth the investment?
Are critique groups a good idea?
Should I publish in the Christian or secular market?
If you've asked any of these questions . . .
YOU NEED A NAVIGATOR.
Menu of services:
*critique and basic editing . . . $2 a page
*1-hour call . . . $40
*1/2-hour call . . . $20
*and we can bundle anything
we can customize and modify anything
to fit your needs and budget
**SPECIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
critiques and basic editing . . . $1.50 a page
personalized instruction in fiction writing . . . costs wil vary depending on desired goals and depth of instruction
**During phone calls we can discuss whatever you need help with or have questions about. We can cover writing basics and not-so-basics, time management, career development (whatever that realistically looks like for you), motivation, dealing with disappointment, and the honest-to-goodness truth about writing, publishing, editors, agents, sales numbers, writer’s block, and a bunch of other stuff. It's like having a personal writers conference in your home!
**I must note that I offer critique services, not editing services. I will critique your writing and provide some basic editing but full editing is a very specialized field and the costs vary greatly.
So what's involved in a critique?
I'll give you an overview of your writing, the flow, pacing, description, characterization, word choice, and sentence structure. I'll highlight areas that are great and areas that need attention. I'll give suggestions for how to improve those areas, what to do, what to study, what to practice.
Basically, it's everything you need to know about your writing--what works, what doesn't work--to formulate a plan to move forward.
My passion is for writing and writers.
I was baptized into writing as a way of dealing with a family tragedy. My brother-in-law was in a severe motorcycle accident and was given little, if any, hope of ever coming out of the coma he was so violently plunged into. I turned to writing as an outlet, a means of emptying myself and attempting to make sense of the whirlwind of emotions buffeting me.
Now, two things you need to know about me before we go on. One, up until September of 1998 I hated writing. Two, my entire life I’ve struggled with severe stuttering.
When I started writing it was like being born again. I fell in love with it. For the first time in my life I could express myself, my heart, my thoughts, my emotions, without fumbling over words and major blocks and embarrassing facial gymnastics. I had an outlet for the volumes I’d kept closed up for so long. And wouldn’t you know it? With this outlet my stuttering improved remarkably.
And that’s the power of writing . . . and that’s why I have such a passion for writing and writers.
So here I am, fifteen years later with eight novels, a novella, and numerous short stories and articles under my belt. I’ve self-published and gone the traditional route. I also teach and critique regularly at writing conferences, to homeschool groups, and college groups. I’ve met a lot of interesting people along the way and have learned so much through trial and error and that school of hard knocks that writing is. And now I’m ready to pass it on.
If you’re interested in what I’ve written, feel free to check out my Amazon Page. Also, please LIKE my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter.
CURRICULUM VITAE . . .
The Hunted (Realms, 2008)
Scream (Realms, 2009)
Darlington Woods (Realms, 2010)
Darkness Follows (Realms, 2011)
Frantic (Realms, 2012)
Rearview (Tyndale, 2012)
A Thousand Sleepless Nights (Realms, 2012)
Fearless (Realms, 2013)
Writing Unblock! (Darlington House, 2013)
Writing Time! (Darlington House, 2013)
Centralia (Tyndale, 2015)
Fear Mountain (Darlington House, 2016)
Kill Devil (Tyndale, coming 2016)
Writing Time! (Darlington House, 2013)
Writing unBlock! (Darlington House , 2013)
Finding My Way (Darlington House, 2015)
Be Unstoppable (Darlington House, 2016)
Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, workshops
Colorado Christian Writers Conference, workshops and keynote
Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, workshops
Lancaster Christian Writers Super Saturday, workshops
Writing Success Conference, workshops and keynote
Writers Advance Boot Camp, workshops and keynote
ACFW Pennsylvania Conference, workshops and kenote
Lancaster Bible College, Adjunct Professor, Creative Writing
What. Others. Say.
Writing fiction is new for me, coaching is not. I have been coached throughout my life: first, as a young violinist, then as a cox’n of a women’s crew, and finally during my training to become a surgeon. With each endeavor there came a time for me to teach. Assuming both roles of the mentor/student relationship has given me some perspective.
Good coaches are balanced, patient, and honest with feedback. They know when tough love is required to push a stuck trainee forward. They sense when to run alongside with encouragement. Great coaches know when to stand back and let the student struggle so that the lessons learned are etched in memory. For them, each relationship is as unique as the individual student. Gifted coaches provide a scaffold for independence and customize their methods. The most effective coaches are great communicators. The best coaches have one additional trait. It is not about them. They care.
Mike cares. He is very prompt with critiques, reliable with phone calls, and holds himself and the student to a high standard of excellence. His rates are fair and his services can be individualized. I have found his instruction useful in lieu of writer’s conferences, and key in preparation for them. I highly recommend his services. –Linda D., MD
I recently attended my first fiction clinic. I was apprehensive at first about the clinic but Mike Dellosso’s laidback teaching style immediately put me at ease. Even while he showed me how to improve my novel, he never made me feel inadequate as a writer. I learned more about the craft of writing from three days in Mike’s class than I ever would’ve thought possible.In fact, I left the class feeling incredibly encouraged and eager to put my new skills into practice. If I’m ever presented with another opportunity to take one of Mike Dellosso’s classes, I will jump at the opportunity! –Raena R.
Mike helped me see errors in my syntax that I would have caught in a minute on a student’s paper but had just breezed by in my own writing. All the feedback was positively stated. He encouraged me to do better but also left me feeling that I can do better. He highlighted for me the good parts of the writing which helped boost my confidence. He knows how to write and how to communicate effectively and considerately. I’m definitely a fan of Mike, now. –Vicki D.
I’m thankful for Mike’s kind input. Critiquing without hurting the author’s pride is such a gift. Mike helped make this conference the best I have ever attended. Miracles abounded and Mike’s class was one of my personal miracles. I went to the writer’s conference with a very heavy heart and left amazingly uplifted. Thanks to each class member and especially our “leader”, Mike Dellosso, who brought so much understanding and unity to our group. And Mike’s even an outstanding author! –Maria Z.
Mike got down to the nuts and bolts challenging us to look beyond the norm to the “possible.” I felt stimulated to write more creatively, and outside my own box, seeing that the “possible” might just be deeper inside myself. One of the big take-aways from his class was what impact our words have on our readers–how we can touch those deeper spots within each person–ultimately for the good. I recommend taking a class from Mike. I’m looking forward to gleaning more from this inspiring and inspired teacher. –Donnalynn D.