McCALL’s WRITING SERVICES

BOOK GHOSTWRITING

Write a book manuscript from author’s source material, interviews, research, or such ideas or documents as author directs. Includes all information gathering activities (such as conducting and transcribing interviews, collecting, analyzing, organizing and preparing author notes, lectures, speeches or other ancillary source materials for inclusion in the manuscript). Includes researching and fact checking. Includes writing a detailed Annotated Outline that contains a synopsis and background, a detailed description of the suggested contents for each chapter (including titles, section headers and sub-headers, etc.), in addition to two initial sample chapters for author’s approval. Includes a first draft, a rewrite draft, and a final polish, addressing author’s notes on each. (See a few non-NDA examples of books McCall has written or ghostwritten here.)

DEVELOPMENTAL & SUBSTANTIVE EDITING and REWRITING

Evaluate manuscript for flow, clarity, correctness, consistency, logic and accuracy. Rewrite, reorganize and rearrange portions of manuscript as needed. Includes writing additional sections of new content where necessary. Includes information-gathering activities if needed (such as conducting and transcribing interviews, collecting, analyzing, organizing and preparing author notes, lectures, speeches or other additional source materials for inclusion in the manuscript). Includes researching and fact-checking. Includes a first draft, a rewrite draft, and a final polish, addressing author’s notes on each. (See a few non-NDA examples of books McCall has developmentally or substantively edited here.)

MANUSCRIPT POLISHING

Tighten up completed manuscript to smooth out flow and transitions, punch up writing, maintain author’s voice, and retain logic stream.

SCREEN-to-BOOK and BOOK-to-SCREEN ADAPTATIONS

Adapt screenplay into book, or book into film or TV script. Includes creating, revising, and expanding or reducing dialog, storyline and characters as needed to fully represent the book in a visual manner for the screen, and in the proper formatting. Includes writing a treatment, an outline, and a script coverage report. Includes information-gathering activities (such as conducting and transcribing interviews, collecting, analyzing, organizing and preparing author notes, lectures, speeches or other  ancillary source materials for inclusion in the manuscript). Includes researching and fact-checking. Includes writing a synopsis, an outline, and a treatment. Includes a first draft, a rewrite draft, and a final polish, addressing author’s notes on each. (See a few non-NDA examples of books McCall has adapted for the screen here.)

FILM & TV SCRIPT DOCTORING and REWRITING

Analyze and offer input on film, TV, mobile interactive script, treatment or podcast script for story and production elements. Provide comments and suggestions on the project, including main character development, dialog analysis, visual integration or elimination of exposition, and a detailed list of story problems and how they will be addressed. To be followed by punching up and/or rewriting to improve storyline, dialog, logic flow, character descriptions, visual approach, etc.

FILM & TV SCREENWRITING

Write film, television (half-hour or one-hour series, MOW, or pilot), streaming, mobile interactive, or podcast script from a synopsis, outline, treatment and or author notes or other source material as provided by author. Includes writing a treatment, an outline, and a script coverage report. Includes information gathering activities (such as conducting and transcribing interviews, collecting, analyzing, organizing and preparing author notes, lectures, speeches or other ancillary source materials for inclusion in the manuscript). Includes researching and fact-checking. Includes writing a synopsis, an outline, and a treatment. Includes a first draft, a rewrite draft, and a final polish, addressing author’s notes on each.

CREATIVE STORY CONSULTING

Professional writing and individual project analysis, guidance, and consultation. Includes detailed advice and input on elements such as character development, dialog punch-up, setting, theme, spine, story flow, logic flow, chronology, etc.

MANUSCRIPT & SCRIPT COVERAGE REPORTS

Write Film/TV Script Coverage Report that analyzes and offers story and production elements, a viability assessment, overall comments and suggestions on the project, main character development, dialog analysis, suggestions for visual integration or elimination of exposition, story problems that need addressing and suggestions on how to fix them, as well as several other elements.

FILM & TV PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

Write, develop, and produce feature films and TV shows, providing a full range of production development and management services. McCall has worked at all of the major American movie studios and most of the US television networks, on some of the highest grossing movies and top Nielsen-rated one-hour drama TV shows, in positions that include Production Coordinator, Head Writer, Show Runner, and Producer. (See a list of movies and TV shows McCall has worked on here.)

 
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