After nearly a decade working with authors of all levels of experience, I believe that editing is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Every manuscript has its own set of strengths and challenges. My services are designed to meet those individual needs in a process that blends traditional editing with the support of a writing coach and publishing consultant.
The manuscript evaluation is designed to give you a clear sense of your novel’s strengths, weaknesses, and readiness for publication. It’s a great option if you’ve been through a few drafts and want to gauge your novel’s prospects before submitting or self-publishing. This service includes a 5-7 page editorial letter and a one-hour follow-up conference. Note that it does not include comments within the manuscript. When contacting me for a quote, please include a query letter or brief informal summary, the word count, and the first 15 pages of your manuscript.
Full MS Developmental Edit
If you’re looking to really dig in and take your manuscript to the next level, a developmental edit is the way to go. I offer two options for this service; we’ll discuss which option best fits your needs. Developmental edits include a 10-15 page editorial letter and a one-hour phone or Skype conference to discuss your questions and revision ideas. When contacting me for a quote, please include a query letter or brief informal summary, the word count, and the first 15 pages of your manuscript.
Full MS Line Edit
Line editing is a separate step applied after big-picture issues have been ironed out and the foundation of the story is sound. I’ll help you fix awkward constructions, smooth out paragraph and sentence flow, and achieve the right balance of scene and exposition (often referred to as showing versus telling). I’ll point out issues and offer suggestions without compromising your writing voice. Note that this is not copy editing or proofreading, which are your final steps to standardize grammar, spelling, and punctuation and catch typos. While I do not offer those services, I am happy to recommend colleagues who do excellent work. When contacting me for a quote, please include a query letter or brief informal summary, the word count, and the first 15 pages of your manuscript.
Partial Manuscript/Incremental Edit
Not ready to hand over the full manuscript? Or maybe you’re looking for support through the writing of an early draft. This service can help you start your novel on the right note and keep it on track. You may choose to have me work on only one section of your novel, OR we can set up an incremental editing project for your novel-in-progress, where I give you feedback on each section of the manuscript as you complete it.
Double-Pass Query Letter or Synopsis Critique
During my years at a top literary agency, I read an average of 25-30,000 submissions a year. Yes, really! Faced with those odds, it takes a lot of skill and a little magic to stand out in the slush pile. With this service, I show you how to take your query and synopsis to that level. It includes a second round of feedback (on your revised material) to ensure an exceptional level of polish to your final draft.
Get Past the Gatekeeper Package
Agents and publishers receive thousands of submissions per year. Will yours stand out from the crowd? This package gives you a safe space to test your submission and see if it’s truly ready for an agent’s eyes. It includes a single-pass edit of your query letter, synopsis, and first ten pages (using the industry standard of 250 words/page). I’ll point out problems that could cause an agent to stop reading and tell you how to fix them.
Agent Search Consulting
Have you been receiving form rejection letters and wonder if you’re targeting the right agents? Or maybe you’re getting ready to submit but don’t know where to start? I’ll put my network and background in the publishing community to work for you, helping you target the agents or publishers that are most likely to connect with your novel. After an initial consultation by phone or email to determine your goals, you’ll receive the following:
- A list of target agents and/or publishers and why I think they’re a good fit
- Detailed information on how to submit your work
- Tailored advice to make your project stand out in the slush pile
Be aware that this service cannot guarantee an agent relationship or publishing deal. For this project you will need to show me a polished set of submissions materials (query letter, synopsis, and first 10 pages). Please contact me for more information and to determine if you are ready for this step.
Publishing Q&A Session
Sometimes you just need a chance to talk things over with an industry expert. This one-hour Skype or phone conference gives you the chance to ask everything you’ve wanted to know about getting an agent, the submissions process, deciding whether to traditionally publish or self-publish, and more.
Don’t see exactly what you need here? I’m happy to tailor a project to fit your needs and budget. Just send me a brief description of what you are looking for and then we’ll discuss how I can help.