Alyssa Sheinmel

work with me

Maybe you’re a writer just getting started, or you’re mid-career and considering changing genres or agents.  Perhaps you’re curious about the world of publishing and want to know more about how it all works.  Maybe you’ve been revising the same novel for months (or years!) and you can’t quite tell whether the notes you’ve been getting from your friends/editors/teachers are making it better or worse.

Personally, I’ve been through it all!  I began working in publishing years ago, first at a literary agency, then in the marketing department at Random House Children’s Books for nearly a decade.

I’ve published more than a dozen books, some of which became bestsellers, selling hundreds of thousands of copies—but I also know what it’s like when a book takes time to find its audience.  In addition to my own writing, I’ve worked as a ghostwriter, with book packagers, and on IP (intellectual property) projects.  I’ve worked closely with fellow authors as they plotted and revised their work to share with agents and editors.  I collaborated with the showrunners of Netflix’s Outer Banks to craft the plot for Outer Banks: Lights Out; Entertainment Weekly called the book “heart-pounding.”  I partnered with the creators of the YouTube phenomenon The Haunting of Sunshine Girl to bring their world to the page in a YA book series; the first book in the series sold over 100,000 copies within nine months of its on sale date and went on to become a New York Times bestseller.  I’ve been published by houses big and small.  Along the way, I’ve worked with various agents, editors, and publicists.

Want to work with me? You’ve got options.

Option 1: Ask Me (Almost) Anything

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
– Jorge Luis Borges

I can be booked for a single, one-hour consultation to talk about anything that you as an aspiring publishing professional, author or published author might want to learn about.

You can:

  • Ask me questions you might have about your publishing journey
  • Discuss the challenges of getting published for the first time or making changes mid-career
  • Ask about working at a publishing house or literary agency
  • Discuss a specific project or book idea
  • Talk through a tricky plot-point
    Fee: $150

Option 2: One-on-One Workshop

“If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.”
– Margaret Atwood

Looking for feedback on a short piece of writing?  Want an extra set of eyes on your query letter or sample pages before you share them with an agent or editor?  Send me up to 1,000 words of your writing and we’ll spend an hour discussing your pages.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Query letter
  • Book synopsis
  • Opening pages
  • Proposal pitch

​Fee: $175

Option 3: Brainstorming & Plot

“There are three rules for writing a novel.  Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
– W. Somerset Maugham

Do you have a really good book idea, but you’re not yet sure how to turn that idea into a story?  Have you been working on a proposal, but you can’t quite get it across the finish line?  Are you looking to make the transition from pantser to plotter?  I can help!  I’ve collaborated with publishers, showrunners, YouTube creators, and fellow writers, helping to turn exciting ideas into cohesive book concepts.

  • Initial Consult: We’ll hop in the phone to discuss your book idea—where it’s at, and where you want it to go.  You’ll fill me in on the work you’ve done so far and the feedback you’ve gotten, and we’ll get a sense of what you need to bring your idea to the next level.
    Fee: $160 (one hour)
  • Brainstorming Session: Together, we’ll flesh out your idea, building out the plot and themes of your project.  This may take more than one session—or one session may be enough to spark ideas so that you feel ready to keep going on your own.  It’s up to you!
    Fee: $185/hour

Note: You can book me for an Initial Consult only, but I can’t be booked for a Brainstorming Session unless we’ve met for an Initial Consult first.

If you’re interested in chatting with me please email me at Let me know which option you’re interested in along with an indication of your ideal windows of availability.

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