Jodi Henley

Jodi Henley

is creating affordable developmental edits and monthly popup workshops

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Hi! My name is Jodi. I'm a developmental editorworkshop presenter, and full-time story geek. No matter where I go, you'll find me checking out the nearest workshops. I've been wanting to do little ones for the back side of forever, short and pertinent with tons of feedback (trust me here, you are more than welcome to ask questions, do the workshops and talk about your WIP). Just little slices, focused on a technique or a single issue, which is where Squawk! comes in. Squawk! is where I do monthly mini-workshops, post old craft articles, and manage my new subscription-based editing service.

For the past few years I've been kicking around the idea of a a place where writers could get a package of services they need at a price they can afford. A few questions? A few questions and a couple of chapters? Or a full read with a couple pages of diagnostics and feedback. Cheap, fast, honest, constructive, and supportive. And totally in your best interests, so you can craft a fabulous story and make me proud. I hope you'll be as excited about this as I am and check out the tier descriptions. 

Patreon is a subscription based service. Sort of like a magazine. It pays me (and bills you) on the first of every month for services rendered over the coming month. Remember, a subscription to Patreon (and through Patreon, to me) is not a lifetime commitment! If it doesn't work for you, you're free to upgrade, downgrade or delete. Because I offer time-based services at the higher tier levels, I've chosen to charge right up front so you're able to access your emails or reads immediately. Please be aware if you join towards the end of the month it may seem like a double charge if you don't use your benefits quickly. Also, if you want to upgrade (thank you to all the ten dollar tier people who've moved to thirty!!) and you're already in a tier above $2. it's easier to cancel (this doesn't mean you lose your benefits for the month, since you've already paid) and join again at the higher tier next month, so you aren't charged for the higher tier right then and there, and again on the first.

I sincerely appreciate your support, and the time you've taken to check out my page. Whatever your decision, thanks for stopping by!

If you have questions about anything, just post somewhere on the page or in the community tab. Thanks again!

Tiers
Flamingos!
$2 or more per month
  • Monthly pop-up mini-workshops!
  • I'll post one workshop a month, and you are free to come, go, ask questions, do the exercises and talk about your work-in-progress as many times as you'd like. If you'd like to see other workshops or want to delve in deeper, just comment in the workshop comment stream. I can post more in-depth material and I'm always happy to work on specific issues.
  • Access to all locked content


Workshops will be archived, and not available anywhere else. Do them in real-time or at your leisure. 


3 Emails About Your Work-In-Progress
$10 or more per month
  • 3 moderate length emails of under 2000 words (that's "four" pages each!) each month to discuss whatever you'd like to discuss about your work-in-progress or craft.
  • 3 carefully thought out return emails (word count may vary depending on the needs of your questions). Turnaround on emails is 1-3 days, depending on complexity of your questions or material.
  • Short emails that are part of the normal back and forth of a conversation (e.g. to ask for clarification, or make a brief comment) are included and not counted against your total.
  • Does not include blurbs or attachments.


This tier is perfect if you just have some questions, or want to talk about your plot/characters/tension/pace etc. Maybe you need a little feedback, or someone to bounce ideas off?


If you have a snippet (like the first few pages of your beginning?) you'd like feedback on, this is also a good tier.


This tier also includes access to all locked content and monthly mini-workshops. 


  • Emails do not roll over and are not transferable.
5 Emails Plus Attachments
$30 or more per month
  • 5 moderate length emails of under 2000 words each, each month, with up to 1 additional chapter length attachment per email (for review, just to talk about, or for dev edits.) 
  • May substitute one blurb for one email, per month (blurbs have a 3 day turnaround).
  • Outlines welcome! I love big picture stuff and can easily help you straighten out structural/arc/character issues.
  • 5 carefully thought-out replies focused on your specific needs. Turnaround on each email, depending on complexity, varies from 1-3 days. Return word count may vary.  
  • Short emails that are part of the normal back and forth of a conversation (e.g. to ask for clarification, or make a brief comment) are included and not counted against your total.
  • Special perk for this level! One or all of your emails may be assigned to a friend or gifted to someone with advance notice to jodi henley AT gmail DOT com.
  • Includes access to all workshops and locked content.


If you need feedback on scenes, help with a blurb, or want a critique partner without the need to read their work in return, this tier will take the pressure off your already tight schedule. Includes access to all locked content and mini-workshops.


  • Emails do not roll over.
  • One email/chapter/blurb at a time, please.
Full Read-only or 10 emails
$75 or more per month
  • Less than 1/5 the price of a full edit!
  • Do you need help getting your story perfect but don't want, need, or have the budget for a full developmental edit? Do you have a niggling feeling something doesn't work?
  • Are you putting out content fast and simply need a monthly diagnostic?
  • If you simply need a read, pay for this level and cancel. You will not be charged again, and your WIP is active for the month.


This tier offers:


  • A complete read-only of your 60k or less manuscript.  
  • 1-5 page narrative diagnostic with recommendations covering story arc, character arc, climax, conflict, motivation, pace, tension, openings, endings, chapter hooks, character development, or a specific issue you want addressed.
  • There is no guarantee you will receive a specific amount of word count in your diagnostic. If you sparkle like a diamond, I can tell you that in a page. If you need a little help, but are otherwise fabulous (and have some concerns), it might take a few pages. Everything else really varies. 
  • NOTE: This is not an exhaustive edit, and should not be construed as such, but I like to think I give value for money. 
  • 1 follow-up email of moderate length, 2000 words or less.
  • In the event you don't have a complete manuscript, you are welcome to send up to 10 emails with chapter length attachments instead of a manuscript. May substitute one blurb for one email if you opt for 10 emails. Emails take 1-3 days turnaround.
  • Two stories of lesser length (not to exceed 60k in combined word count) maybe be substituted for a single longer story. In the event you submit two stories, a short follow-up email of 1000 words or less is provided for each. This option is not open to multiple stories (e.g. 10 stories of 6k each)  totaling 60k in combined word count.
  • Short emails that are part of the normal back and forth of a conversation (e.g. to ask for clarification, or make a brief comment) are included and not counted against your total.
  • Access to all locked material and mini-workshops. 


Turnaround for this tier (provided you take the read-option) depends on queue. Link to a google calendar will be provided.


  • All manuscripts are allotted five full business days for turnaround. An acknowledgement and ETA will be provided on receipt.
  • Only one email/story at a time, please!
  • Reads, emails, and unused word count or follow-up emails do not roll over.
  • Special perk for this level! Blocks of 1 30k read with follow-up email, 5 emails, or the full 60k read with follow-up email, may be gifted to someone with advance notice to jodi henley AT gmail DOT com. 
Goals
60% complete
When I reach $500 a month it'll be so totally incredible that I won't know what to do. Once I get myself together, I'll send each and every single person on the page a sincere, personalized thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me to realize a long held dream and build something, that if it's reached this point, has serious momentum behind it. Bless you all.
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Hi! My name is Jodi. I'm a developmental editorworkshop presenter, and full-time story geek. No matter where I go, you'll find me checking out the nearest workshops. I've been wanting to do little ones for the back side of forever, short and pertinent with tons of feedback (trust me here, you are more than welcome to ask questions, do the workshops and talk about your WIP). Just little slices, focused on a technique or a single issue, which is where Squawk! comes in. Squawk! is where I do monthly mini-workshops, post old craft articles, and manage my new subscription-based editing service.

For the past few years I've been kicking around the idea of a a place where writers could get a package of services they need at a price they can afford. A few questions? A few questions and a couple of chapters? Or a full read with a couple pages of diagnostics and feedback. Cheap, fast, honest, constructive, and supportive. And totally in your best interests, so you can craft a fabulous story and make me proud. I hope you'll be as excited about this as I am and check out the tier descriptions. 

Patreon is a subscription based service. Sort of like a magazine. It pays me (and bills you) on the first of every month for services rendered over the coming month. Remember, a subscription to Patreon (and through Patreon, to me) is not a lifetime commitment! If it doesn't work for you, you're free to upgrade, downgrade or delete. Because I offer time-based services at the higher tier levels, I've chosen to charge right up front so you're able to access your emails or reads immediately. Please be aware if you join towards the end of the month it may seem like a double charge if you don't use your benefits quickly. Also, if you want to upgrade (thank you to all the ten dollar tier people who've moved to thirty!!) and you're already in a tier above $2. it's easier to cancel (this doesn't mean you lose your benefits for the month, since you've already paid) and join again at the higher tier next month, so you aren't charged for the higher tier right then and there, and again on the first.

I sincerely appreciate your support, and the time you've taken to check out my page. Whatever your decision, thanks for stopping by!

If you have questions about anything, just post somewhere on the page or in the community tab. Thanks again!

Recent posts by Jodi Henley

Tiers
Flamingos!
$2 or more per month
  • Monthly pop-up mini-workshops!
  • I'll post one workshop a month, and you are free to come, go, ask questions, do the exercises and talk about your work-in-progress as many times as you'd like. If you'd like to see other workshops or want to delve in deeper, just comment in the workshop comment stream. I can post more in-depth material and I'm always happy to work on specific issues.
  • Access to all locked content


Workshops will be archived, and not available anywhere else. Do them in real-time or at your leisure. 


3 Emails About Your Work-In-Progress
$10 or more per month
  • 3 moderate length emails of under 2000 words (that's "four" pages each!) each month to discuss whatever you'd like to discuss about your work-in-progress or craft.
  • 3 carefully thought out return emails (word count may vary depending on the needs of your questions). Turnaround on emails is 1-3 days, depending on complexity of your questions or material.
  • Short emails that are part of the normal back and forth of a conversation (e.g. to ask for clarification, or make a brief comment) are included and not counted against your total.
  • Does not include blurbs or attachments.


This tier is perfect if you just have some questions, or want to talk about your plot/characters/tension/pace etc. Maybe you need a little feedback, or someone to bounce ideas off?


If you have a snippet (like the first few pages of your beginning?) you'd like feedback on, this is also a good tier.


This tier also includes access to all locked content and monthly mini-workshops. 


  • Emails do not roll over and are not transferable.
5 Emails Plus Attachments
$30 or more per month
  • 5 moderate length emails of under 2000 words each, each month, with up to 1 additional chapter length attachment per email (for review, just to talk about, or for dev edits.) 
  • May substitute one blurb for one email, per month (blurbs have a 3 day turnaround).
  • Outlines welcome! I love big picture stuff and can easily help you straighten out structural/arc/character issues.
  • 5 carefully thought-out replies focused on your specific needs. Turnaround on each email, depending on complexity, varies from 1-3 days. Return word count may vary.  
  • Short emails that are part of the normal back and forth of a conversation (e.g. to ask for clarification, or make a brief comment) are included and not counted against your total.
  • Special perk for this level! One or all of your emails may be assigned to a friend or gifted to someone with advance notice to jodi henley AT gmail DOT com.
  • Includes access to all workshops and locked content.


If you need feedback on scenes, help with a blurb, or want a critique partner without the need to read their work in return, this tier will take the pressure off your already tight schedule. Includes access to all locked content and mini-workshops.


  • Emails do not roll over.
  • One email/chapter/blurb at a time, please.
Full Read-only or 10 emails
$75 or more per month
  • Less than 1/5 the price of a full edit!
  • Do you need help getting your story perfect but don't want, need, or have the budget for a full developmental edit? Do you have a niggling feeling something doesn't work?
  • Are you putting out content fast and simply need a monthly diagnostic?
  • If you simply need a read, pay for this level and cancel. You will not be charged again, and your WIP is active for the month.


This tier offers:


  • A complete read-only of your 60k or less manuscript.  
  • 1-5 page narrative diagnostic with recommendations covering story arc, character arc, climax, conflict, motivation, pace, tension, openings, endings, chapter hooks, character development, or a specific issue you want addressed.
  • There is no guarantee you will receive a specific amount of word count in your diagnostic. If you sparkle like a diamond, I can tell you that in a page. If you need a little help, but are otherwise fabulous (and have some concerns), it might take a few pages. Everything else really varies. 
  • NOTE: This is not an exhaustive edit, and should not be construed as such, but I like to think I give value for money. 
  • 1 follow-up email of moderate length, 2000 words or less.
  • In the event you don't have a complete manuscript, you are welcome to send up to 10 emails with chapter length attachments instead of a manuscript. May substitute one blurb for one email if you opt for 10 emails. Emails take 1-3 days turnaround.
  • Two stories of lesser length (not to exceed 60k in combined word count) maybe be substituted for a single longer story. In the event you submit two stories, a short follow-up email of 1000 words or less is provided for each. This option is not open to multiple stories (e.g. 10 stories of 6k each)  totaling 60k in combined word count.
  • Short emails that are part of the normal back and forth of a conversation (e.g. to ask for clarification, or make a brief comment) are included and not counted against your total.
  • Access to all locked material and mini-workshops. 


Turnaround for this tier (provided you take the read-option) depends on queue. Link to a google calendar will be provided.


  • All manuscripts are allotted five full business days for turnaround. An acknowledgement and ETA will be provided on receipt.
  • Only one email/story at a time, please!
  • Reads, emails, and unused word count or follow-up emails do not roll over.
  • Special perk for this level! Blocks of 1 30k read with follow-up email, 5 emails, or the full 60k read with follow-up email, may be gifted to someone with advance notice to jodi henley AT gmail DOT com.