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The Plot Mechanics: Author Roadside Assistance

Do you have the inkling of an idea but aren’t sure where to start? Present your idea and we can assist you in plotting your story, to establishing a writing schedule, and writing your first draft.

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by your novel or with the daunting process of publishing, marketing, designing your cover, or formatting your book? Maybe you plan on publishing via a more traditional route and aren’t sure where to begin with querying agents and publishers?

The Plot Mechanics are here to help you with every aspect of novel development, from plot structure and editing, to writing workshops and publishing consultations. We understand that everyone needs a little help sometimes.

Our mechanics bring a unique perspective with experience in both traditional and independent publishing, and they find personal fulfillment in helping others learn how to navigate the industry.

Did you break your novel? Bring us your manuscript for a diagnosis and treatment plans for problems such as story structure, characterization, dialogue, and many other issues.

Trying to decide whether to self-publish or go the traditional route? We can help you understand your options and help you design a customized plan that is perfect for you, whatever your goals.

We are standing by with our toolbox. You can do it, and we can help!

Our services include:

Plot development and support
Line and copy Edits
Writing workshops
Publication consultation and coaching (traditional or independent path)

Gretchen Grey-Hatton, author of The Apothecary’s Apprentice, has a Master’s degree in English literature and brings her many years of experience as a high school literature teacher, along with her love of editing, grammar, and all things traditional publishing. Need to find an agent and don’t have the first idea where to begin? Want to draft a pitch that will knock an agent’s socks off? Does the thought of copy and line editing turn you green with angst? Gretchen is here to help.

Auburn Seal, author of Roanoke Vanishing and other paranormal titles, follows the independent publishing path. With over 11 titles now available, Auburn can help you navigate the confusing world of plot development, story building, book formatting, cover design, audio books, and marketing.

Together we can help you reach your writing goals, whether you intend to publish independently or traditionally. Let us help outline your next steps. Email us at for more information.


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