Your Voice is Unique; Your Editing Experience Should Be, Too

Many publishing services offer editing packages, but look closely: These packages are cookie-cutter services.

I have spent a great deal of time on both sides of the telephone: as an editor of manuscripts and long-form journalism, and as a novelist soliciting feedback from readers and an agent for my own book. The editing process is personal. It requires conversation and understanding. Services such as Amazon’s CreateSpace have realized they simply cannot provide this aspect of the editing process and have discontinued offering that service.

Your editing needs depend on your stage in the manuscript journey. I provide a series of services below to address the many stages of the writing process. My fees are very competitive. Contact me if you are interested in more information about these services, including timelines for deliverables and pricing.

Service: “The First 50”

You have started your book. Your inspiration has carried you through a pile of pages and several chapters… now what?

“The First 50” is a sounding board for you and your ideas. This service provides suggested narrative strategies based on reviewing your opening pages and discussing them during a one-hour phone consultation.

Service: Narrative Assessment

You have finished a draft of your book. Your friends say it’s good, but is it? I will read this and provide you with an overall assessment of my opinion on your project’s viability, right now, in the publishing market. You will receive a written assessment of your manuscript’s critical strengths and weaknesses in order to help you clarify your understanding of your audience and your expectations of publishing success.

Service: Agent Query

You have a completed manuscript draft and wish to submit it for consideration with an agent or a publisher. What should you say? I will design your query letter and also provide you with some potential agent and publisher recipients for your submission.

Service: Standard Copyediting

You may not have time to carefully read your manuscript for grammatical errors. This service provides careful proofing of your entire manuscript for errors in spelling, typos, and other grammatical problems.  Edits will be incorporated with Microsoft track changes.  (2 Options: full manuscript or opening chapters/first 30,000 words)

Service: Creative Copyediting

In addition to providing the services described in Standard Copyediting above, this service examines major compositional issues (such as tone, continuity, characterization). Edits, questions, and suggestions will be incorporated with Microsoft track changes. (2 Options: full manuscript or opening chapters/first 30,000 words)

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Planning to write is not writing.  Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing.  Writing is writing.

E.L. Doctorow