Guiding the Creatives
Welcome to WRAMS
Over 40 years of writing experience from award-winning, best-selling authors
To Our Current Clients:
We are sad to announce the passing of Yvonne Lehman. Honestly, my heart is broken since Yvonne was a longtime friend, mentor, and business partner. Yvonne worked sixty-plus years in the writing industry and her work is stellar. It took some time to get my feet under me after the news of her passing on May 7, 2021. Yvonne was loved and respected in so many ways. Like any good momma, she raised her children “right”, and they all come to the table with great love, humility, and gifts. Yvonne is special and with that, it did not seem right to end WRAMS.
After talking extensively with Lori Marett, Yvonne’s daughter, we agreed Writing Right should continue. Lori is a screenplay writer and novelist. Following in her mother’s shoes, Lori is an extremely amazing content editor and mentor. I am happy to announce that Writing Right will move forward as Yvonne would have expected and Lori will step up, joining me as a mentor, coach, and editor. It is my honor to work alongside Lori just as I did with Yvonne. We hope to keep her legacy moving by continuing to encourage, guide, and raise up solid writers. Welcome aboard, Lori Marett.
– Cindy Sproles
Yvonne Lehman and Cindy Sproles banned together in 2016 to offer author mentoring and now the gauntlet is passed to Lori Marett and Cindy. Keeping in tune with the original concept of Writing Right by Yvonne Lehman, we understand the cost involved in receiving professional services, Lori and Cindy have the author at heart! Reasonable rates. Pay as you go. Choose what you need and the depth you would like to go. Lori and Cindy will walk you through your chapters offering a dual-suggestion method to help authors gain a greater understanding of their work. “Our goal is to train up new writers with a new attitude, a love for the craft of writing, and at a price they can afford.”
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?
*It is a dual-suggestion method. Dual-suggestion simply means, when an author hires Lori and Cindy, they receive help from BOTH authors on each piece of work sent to them. When working with two mentors, the writer gains a unique skill set brought to the table from both authors. Writers not only gain suggested fixes but receive brainstorming as well, helping them to see a more rounded look at their work. Normally, writers receive only one mentor but with WRAMS, writers benefit from the skills of both Lori and Cindy.
WHY BITS AND PIECES?
When a writer receives guidance from a mentor, it can be extensive depending on the level of skill the writer has. Lori and Cindy choose to work a piece at a time. One chapter at a time. They can do more, but they’ve found, eating an elephant is easier a bite at a time. (I wish we’d made that line up ourselves!) Rather than overwhelming a novice writer, we choose to work in bits, helping them not only gain corrections and suggestions, but also helping them learn the craft of writing as they go. By working in small bites, writers can receive the hands-on assistance, ask questions, and rewrite while things are fresh. Lori and Cindy can guide them meticulously through the process.
Yes! Pay-as-you-go helps the writer’s budget. It’s easier to pay in small amounts as opposed to lobbing a lump sum at a writer. We’re good with this because we want you to learn in a way that prevents you from worrying. This allows us to pinpoint exactly what you need help with and focus on that. If you want to continue your mentoring, we will work out a monthly plan geared specifically to your needs. Payments vary according to the need, but we will never move ahead without your approval. Writers can work at an affordable rate and pace, instead of shelling out thousands of dollars at once. As silly as it seems – we’d love to think we work ourselves out of a job because you’ve learned and move ahead until you need us again.
HOW IT WORKS –
We will do an introductory email to find out what the writer feels they need. And, by the way, we help writers from every level – from new to very well seasoned. We have edited multi-published authors and we aim to help in the areas where they seek assistance. Just another reason, pay-as-you go works so well. We have zoom sessions available, which can be recorded and sent to you for you to refer back to, if you wish. We have the ability to look at only one chapter or full manuscripts or screenplays and we are willing to meet you where you are.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
To get started with your mentoring or coaching:
Email Cindy and Lori at [email protected]. In your email include what services you are needing and we’ll get back to pronto. (Our wrams email is new, and we aren’t trained to use it well yet. Should you not hear from us in 24 hours. Please reach out to [email protected])
Meet Your Mentors
CINDY SPROLES is a best-selling, award-winning author. Her novels Mercy’s Rain and Liar’s Winter have both won Book of the Year while Liar’s Winter and What Momma Left Behind has won multiple awards. As a past the managing editor of Straight Street Books and SonRise Devotionals, and as an editor with Ironstream Media, LLC, Cindy brings twenty years of hard-earned knowledge to the editing table. Her successes in writing and her willingness to help others led her to receive the inaugural Yvonne Lehman Award given at the Selah Awards during the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Cindy and her ministry partner, Eddie Jones began ChristianDevotions.us and have worked to provide countless opportunities for writers. Cindy directs the Asheville Christian Writers Conference in Asheville each February, held at the Billy Graham Training Center. She is a speaker, novelist, and conference director, teaching and speaking nationwide. Cindy is a trained life coach and mentor.
Born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains, Cindy loves to write about the “old ways” and longs to help others remember the rich and amazing culture of the mountain people. Represented by the Steve Laube Agency, Cindy continues to pump out Appalachian novels that introduce readers to the joy and the hardship of a time gone by.
LORI MARETT began her screenwriting career two decades ago when she won and/or was a finalist for many regional and national screenplay contests. Her first adaptation of author Yvonne Lehman’s In Shady Groves received awards and acclaim which opened the door for her to adapt Hollywood producer Ken Wales’ novel, Sea of Glory, for the screen. Continuing to hone her craft as a screenwriter paid off and her first feature film, Meant To Be, was released in December of 2012 by Pure Flix. In 2019, her adaptation of Deborah Raney’s novel, Beneath a Southern Sky (co-written with Kay Mortimer) was optioned.
Lori has had writing success beyond her scripts, having articles and short stories appear in many publications. Working as a story consultant and script coach, she is highly sought out by best-selling novelists and accomplished screenwriters for her expertise in story construction. Lori also mentors beginning novelists and screenwriters at several writer’s conferences. Lori and her husband, Rodney, directed the Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival for seven years and is currently directing the Faith in Film Conference in Nashville, TN. Lori has written a novel and several nonfiction books and has several scripts under consideration by movie and animation production studios.
*Initial consultation regarding writer’s needs for all new clients includes:
*Email and 30 min consultation Zoom – FREE!
*Zoom call (1 hour & recorded at your request) - $95
(if you prefer the phone to chat) 45-minute phone conversation (with a summarized email to follow - $99
*Title and First paragraph - $15
*First Page - $25
*Single intensive Devotion breakdown - $30
*Completed Proposal critique - $99
* Assisted Proposal (helping write the proposal) - $175
*Final read through on any work completed with us - $200
*Chapter-by-chapter overall critique – $475 (First 1/2 of novel or non-
*Intensive two-chapter breakdown and suggestions - $175
*Devotion/Journal - 10 Devotions or 10 journal pages - $175
*Novel Consultation/critique - (up to 80,000 words, over is $.02 per word)
*Novel coaching intensive - These prices vary according to the length and type of work that needs to be attended. Please contact us for pricing. This is a full-length novel.
*Script Consultation/Critique - (up to 120 pages, over is $10 per page - Lori only)
*Continuing Critiques for REWRITES of novels and scripts - $99 each
Note – pricing may vary according to the project and level intensity of the writer. This would be discussed in a free consultation. Our goal is to work at an affordable and efficient pace.
USE YOUR GOD-GIVEN TALENT TO ENTERTAIN, ENCOURAGE, AND INSPIRE YOUR READERS