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The Story Alignment

YOUR STORY MATTERS.

MAKE IT COUNT.

The story you care about is missing something,
but you don't know what.

Maybe the ending lacks that spark, or you can't hack your way through the messy middle. Or (nightmare time!) beta readers complain that "something feels off."

And now you're thinking about ditching your draft and starting over from scratch. 

Please don't do that. Your story isn't broken; it just needs a Story Alignment.

After your Story Alignment call, you’ll be able to move forward with a stronger understanding of your narrative and clear vision about how to nudge those "broken" pieces back into place so your story flows seamlessly.


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"Claire Taylor has an incredible gift for helping authors figure out how to get that story train back on the track. She can help you articulate what your story needs to make it the best it can be. I can’t recommend her services highly enough."

-Alyssa Archer, author of the Novel in a Year series

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A FAST, AFFORDABLE, AND EASY SOLUTION SO YOU CAN KEEP MOVING FORWARD

When it is time for a story alignment?

WRITER'S BLOCK

No more bashing your head against your desk.
Tear down that mental wall!

CREATIVE BURNOUT

Highly prolific but falling out of love with your story? Rediscover that spark. 

STUBBORN SCENES

Make that messy scene work for you or figure out how to ditch it for a better one.

TOTAL WTF MOMENTS

"How did this happen?!"
We've all been there. Step away from the delete key!

Story Alignment is …

  • A one-on-one conversation via Skype.

  • A source for expert feedback — instantly!

  • Useful for any genre.

  • Introvert friendly.

Story Alignment is not

  • A developmental edit. No manuscript needed!

  • An educational program. You’ll definitely learn something new, but this is a consulting service.

  • A story creation service. Authors should already have a story in mind before the call.


"Some people just get it on a primal level. Claire Taylor is a member-in-good-standing of that tribe. I like to call them Story Alchemists. 

She's able to decipher the lead weighing your story down to transform it into the gold that magnetizes your ideal readers to the story they needed to read from you!

-Michelle Spiva, best-selling author, writing coach and teacher

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FIND THE FIX THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR STORY'S NEEDS

FFS Media offers three tiers of the Story Alignment. Find one that works for you and your budget. 

Story Alignment
- Lite -

$99

  • 1/2 hr conversation with Claire

  • Recording of call for personal use

PERFECT FOR SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Story Alignment
- complete -

$149

  • 1 hr conversation with Claire

  • Recording of call for personal use

  • Optional 30-minute follow-up call

MOST POPULAR

Story Alignment
- Deluxe -

$399

  • 4 hr conversation with Claire

  • Can be split into multiple sessions

  • Recording of call for personal use

BEST DEAL


Story is her superpower

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Claire Taylor is bad at a lot of things, but storytelling is not one of them. In fact, she's quite good at it. 

With over a dozen top-selling humorous novels published (and many more on the way), she can write the crap out of a funny book.

She has professionally edited 200+ fiction manuscripts, with knowledge and experience in every stage of the editing process from outline evaluation to proofreading. Her passion is telling a meaningful and entertaining story that invites multiple reads, and she loves helping others achieve that outcome.

Your story will always be yours.

A Story Alignment isn't a hostile takeover of your creative vision. Instead, through Claire's insightful questioning and gentle suggestions, you'll wrap up the call feeling like you knew the answer the whole time - and you did! Unlocking it is always the tricky part.

The creative solution you leave with will feel natural, maybe even obvious (after the fact, of course). It will resonate with you and your story. And the credit for pulling off a fantastic tale readers read over and over again … will be all yours.


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Claire Taylor is a story ninja. Her ideas and story solutions are innovative and super helpful. I haven’t ever consulted with anyone who could jump into a story as fast and thoroughly as Claire. She helped me work through a story point that had hung me up for weeks, and she did it in thirty minutes. Like I said, ninja.

-Jami Albright, author of the best-selling series Brides on the Run.  

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HOW DOES THE STORY ALIGNMENT WORK?

Six Steps to Saving your Story

  1. Decide which Story Alignment option works best for you, your story, and your budget.

  2. Place your order by clicking BUY NOW and following the prompts.

  3. Fill out a Story Alignment Questionnaire (link to it on your order confirmation email). This takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how in-depth you want to go.

  4. Schedule your video call via email.

  5. Story Alignment time! Get ready for a deep dive into the meat of your story as you work out the kinks, dislodge the stuck bits, and enrich your story to invite multiple reads from your fans.

  6. Take a deep breath, hydrate, listen to your favorite song, and then get back to work with a clear sense of direction and fresh enthusiasm. You got this!


Story Alignment
- Lite -

$99

  • 1/2 hr conversation with Claire

  • Recording of call for personal use

PERFECT FOR SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Story Alignment
- complete -

$149

  • 1hr conversation with Claire

  • Recording of call for personal use

  • Optional 30-minute follow-up call

MOST POPULAR

Story Alignment
- Deluxe -

$399

  • 4 hr conversation with Claire

  • Can be split into multiple sessions

  • Recording of call for personal use

BEST DEAL


Story Alignment FAQ w/Claire Taylor

Q: Do you offer same-day services?

Yep, schedule allowing. So long as I'm not currently booked up with other authors, sleeping, or away from my phone, I'll do my best to fit you in. Email urgent.ffs@gmail.com and be sure to include your phone number in the body of the email. I'll get a notification on my phone and schedule with you via text. Same-day services cost an additional $20 Mon-Fri and $40 Sat-Sun.

Q: I'm just starting out and I've never completed a novel. Is the Story Alignment right for me?

If you're still familiarizing yourself with basic elements of storytelling, there are much more effective ways to spend your money. An hour isn't enough time to teach elements of storytelling and provide tailored feedback. The last thing I want is for someone to feel like they didn't get their money's worth.

For those starting out in the craft, I check out our Story Tips. They're free and will help you play around with your story until you get a better feel for it.

Q: What if we finish our call and I still don't have a workable solution to my story woes?

It's unlikely that will happen, but if it does and it's any bit my doing, I'm happy to continue the conversation as time allows or schedule a second call. 

Q: I'm an international bestselling author and my story needs an alignment. Why are you the person for the job?

You've read all the writing books before, but you don't have time to go back through them and get the refresher you need to find a workable solution that feels right. I've read those books before, too, and I've used that knowledge to help countless other authors hurdle the obstacles you're facing. Besides my extensive editing and workshopping background, I'm the person for the job because I spend ninety percent of my waking hours writing, thinking about writing, talking about writing, dissecting movies and TV shows, reading both fiction and nonfiction, and, of course, talking about books. I live and breathe this storytelling thing. If you do, too, great! We're on the same page and we can skip straight to the good stuff. That will ensure that our call is a practical use of your time and money, and quickly moves you beyond whatever is tripping up your narrative.

Q: The first call was a success, and I'd like to schedule a follow-up call for the same story. How do I go about that? 

Just send me an email to let me know, and I'm happy to discuss a discounted rate since I'll already be familiar with your story. 

Q: Can the Deluxe package be split over multiple stories/books?

The Deluxe Story Alignment can be split over multiple calls (not everyone is eager for 4 hours of intense story conversation in a single sitting), but it must be applied to the same story. I suggest breaking up the block of time over multiple drafts or revisions of your work. 

Q: Do you offer packages that include more than 4 hours?

Yep. If you're that serious about exploring you story, send me an email ASAP with the subject line Hello from your new best friend. And if you're a small publisher interested in contracting my services, hit the Pitch Us button on the menu bar and drop me a line.