Editing

An Editor Helps Make Your Story Stronger


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. Not just to help you see what’s not on the page, but to help you get it there.

Types of Editing I Offer:

Manuscript Evaluation: the overview

$0.0125 per word

Less intense than a comprehensive manuscript critique, this is a high-level overview of your novel’s strengths and weaknesses: the big picture.

Once we agree to work together, you will submit:

  • A completed intake questionnaire designed to introduce me to you and your novel
  • Your manuscript pages*

You will receive:

  • Personalized, professional feedback on your manuscript in the form of an editorial letter (typically 4+ single-spaced pages) summarizing your novel’s strengths and weaknesses, including specific notes on show/tell balance, characterization, voice, dialogue, flow, awkward phrasing, info dumping, and more.
  • 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 45-minute Zoom 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.

Note: a manuscript evaluation does not include in-line edits or comments.


Comprehensive Manuscript Critique: the nitty gritty

$0.025 per word

This is a comprehensive deep dive into your novel: the nitty gritty.

Once we agree to work together, you will submit:

  • A completed intake questionnaire designed to introduce me to you and your novel
  • Your manuscript pages*

You will receive:

  • Personalized, professional feedback on all aspects of your manuscript in the form of a robust editorial letter (typically 7+ single-spaced pages) summarizing your novel’s strengths and weaknesses, including specific notes on show/tell balance, characterization, voice, dialogue, flow, awkward phrasing, info dumping, and more.
  • Detailed in-line comments, suggestions and questions using Word’s track-changes tool in the manuscript itself. I cover as much ground as possible in my comments, from developmental issues to line edit issues that would be addressed in future revisions.
  • 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 60-minute Zoom 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.

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. If you’d like, I’ll be happy to recommend a colleague who can provide those services.


Three Chapter Review

Flat Rate: $250 up to 10,000 words (For more than 10,000 words, add an additional $0.025 per word)

This is a comprehensive dive into the first three chapters of your novel.

Once we agree to work together, you will submit:

  • A completed intake questionnaire designed to introduce me to you and your novel
  • Your pages to be critiqued*

You will receive:

  • A robust multi-page editorial letter discussing a list of specifics crucial to reader engagement in the opening pages. I pay particular attention to chapter one.
  • In-line edits, comments, & suggestions using Word’s track-changes tool.
  • 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 as required.
  • A 30-minute Zoom 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.

If you’re new to working with an editor or coach, this is a cost-effective way to get a taste of the experience.

*Note: All editorial work must be submitted to me in standard manuscript format: Times New Roman 12-point font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced, no extra spaces between lines, and saved in a Word document with your name an the manuscript title. No exceptions.


“As I’m really digesting your comments, I’m even more grateful for your time and attention to the story detail. Your suggestions are a great boost and are really going to help me make some improvements.”

Susan Morris