Editing

Truth: it’s almost impossible to clearly see our own work. The stories playing so vibrantly in our heads are in our blind spot on the page.

Why? Because our own knowledge of the story blocks the view. There’s actually a term for that: it’s called the burden of knowledge.

I know! It sounds crazy, but this is why you need fresh eyes on your work. Specifically, fresh eyes that know what they’re looking at.

That’s where editors come in.

Professional, personalized & thorough feedback delivered straight-forwardly, with empathy and kindness.


Your First 50 Pages

The snapshot.
All the foundational elements of your novel should be in place and evident on the page by now. This is a good place to start if you’re hearing crickets in the query trenches or in sales/reviews if you’re self-published. It’s also a great place to start if you want to get a taste of what it’s like to work with me.

How it works:
You will submit a completed intake questionnaire designed to introduce me to you and your novel, and then we’ll hop on a zoom call for a meet & greet and to talk about your manuscript.

Once we decide to work together, I’ll send you a contract & request payment, and you’ll send me your first 50 pages (up to 15,000 words), a synopsis of the novel (preferably 1 page), and a completed mini-blueprint* worksheet.

You’ll receive:
Personalized, professional feedback of your 50-page submission, the mini blueprint, and synopsis.

An editorial letter highlighting what works, what needs shoring up, and suggestions to get you there.

Your manuscript, blueprint, and synopsis marked up with comments/track changes where necessary and appropriate.

A list of craft resources related to my findings, as needed

A follow-up call at the end to discuss my feedback and answer any lingering questions. This call is optional. Some folks prefer to communicate by email, and that’s okay too.

Your Investment: $450


Comprehensive Developmental Edit:

A deep dive into the nitty gritty of your novel.

A full developmental edit is not for the faint of heart. This service is best for writers who prefer to work on their own, who want a diagnostic and suggestions to make their work stronger and are confident they can take it from there.

How it works:
You will submit a completed intake questionnaire designed to introduce me to you and your novel, and then we’ll hop on a zoom call for a meet & greet and to talk about your manuscript. If we decide to work together, I’ll send you a contract and you’ll send me your manuscript as well as a completed mini-blueprint*.

You will receive:
Personalized, professional feedback on all aspects of your manuscript in the form of a robust editorial letter summarizing your novel’s strengths and weaknesses at the foundational levels, including specific notes on narrative drive, show/tell balance, pacing, characterization, dialogue, etc. A dozen+ pages editorial letter is not uncommon.

Your manuscript pages marked up with suggestions and questions and comments using comments/track changes where necessary and appropriate.

Notes on your mini-blueprint.

Practical, specific suggestions for revisions that are aimed at making your story stronger and improving your skills as a writer. This includes links to articles and/or resources specific to your needs.

A follow-up call at the end to discuss my feedback and answer any lingering questions. This call is optional. Some folks prefer to communicate by email, and that’s okay too.

Your Investment: $0.03 per word (approx $1800 for a 60,000 word manuscript)

A developmental edit generally takes 4 – 8 weeks depending on the word count and what else is on my schedule.

Note: While I may point out grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors the first few times they occur, this edit IS NOT a copy edit or proof read.


Manuscript Assessment:

The Overview: a lighter-weight review. Quite literally, an overview of what’s working, what needs shoring up, and suggestions for next steps.

How it works:
You will submit a completed intake questionnaire designed to introduce me to you and your novel, and then we’ll hop on a zoom call for a meet & greet and to talk about your manuscript. If we decide to work together, I’ll send you a contract and you’ll send me your manuscript as well as a completed mini-blueprint*.

You will receive:
A personalized, professional big-picture assessment of your novel’s strengths and weaknesses in the form of an 5-pages+ editorial letter.

Notes on your mini-blueprint.

Practical, specific suggestions aimed at making your story stronger and to improve your skills as a writer. This includes links to articles and/or resources specific to your needs.

A markup in the pages themselves is NOT included.

A follow-up call at the end to discuss my feedback and answer any lingering questions. This call is optional. Some folks prefer to communicate by email, and that’s okay too.

Your Investment: $0.02 per word (approx $1200 for a 60,000 word manuscript)

A manuscript assessment generally takes 4 – 8 weeks depending on the word count and what else is on my schedule.


*The mini blueprint is an abbreviated version of Author Accelerator’s comprehensive Blueprint for a Book, designed to show where important fundamental elements are firmly in place and where decisions still need to be made or clarified. Because it’s only one page, it focuses on your vision for the book and the core elements of character and story.