I work on manuscripts long and short, offering:

  • Big-Picture Editing (Developmental Edit or Manuscript Evaluation)
  • Line Editing and Copyediting
  • Comprehensive (two-pass) editing
  • Chapter-by-chapter editing & coaching
  • Outline critiques and story development

  • Developmental Edit:

This is a close reading and thorough analysis of your manuscript that gives you an editor’s unvarnished opinion on big-picture story elements.

In fiction, this might include structural problems, pacing issues, plot holes, characterization and point of view issues, scene dynamics and dialogue, setting and description.

In non-fiction, the developmental edit focuses on content, structure, flow, clarity, and tone. It helps you hone in on what your readers will be looking for and arrive at the optimum structure to deliver it to them in

You will get: a heavily annotated manuscript and a detailed (15+ page) editorial letter identifying your manuscript’s biggest strengths and weaknesses. We then suggest fixes. You will refer to this feedback again and again as you revise. Great both for early drafts and for writers who have polished their sentences but need to go back and rethink structure, plot or other big-picture issues.

  • Manuscript Evaluation:

You’ve finished a draft and are looking for editorial guidance without investing in the expense or potentially overwhelming detail of a full-on developmental or substantive edit.

This critique is a close reading of your manuscript, annotations throughout the text, and an editorial letter that gives you an editor’s unvarnished opinion on the book’s readiness for submission / publication, with suggestions on where to focus your revision efforts.

  • Comprehensive Edit:

This is a two-pass process: first a developmental edit as described above, then line edits and copyedits on your revised manuscript.

  • Line Edit and Copyedit:

Line editing addresses clarity and flow, sentence structure, redundancies and ambiguity. It aims for consistency and grace. Copyediting addresses spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar and word usage. There is overlap between the two. The goal of both is to preserve the writer’s natural tone while removing errors.

  • Chapter-by-Chapter Program:

Get your book on track with an intensive editing and coaching experience.

You will get: ongoing editing in chunks of 5,000-10,000 words (or whatever length would benefit you the most), revision comments, memos outlining strengths and weaknesses of each section, targeted resources (articles, exercises) to strengthen your writing weaknesses, and optional phone calls to discuss your writing, set goals and overcome challenges.

If you have a stalled project or are losing momentum, this mentoring and editorial service is the perfect combination to get you closer to those two most wonderful words in the writer’s lexicon: THE END.

  • Outline Critique and Development:

Fiction: Work out the flaws in your novel’s big-picture elements before you get too far into the writing with this efficient approach. Less expensive than getting an edit on a completed manuscript. Useful for any writer who knows they have trouble with narrative arc, structure, pacing, character motivations or other big-picture elements.

Nonfiction: Helps you hone in on who the book is for and what your particular slant on the topic is, so you can make those hundreds of decisions that writing a book entails. Useful if you are unsure how to structure the content and need an objective opinion.

Consists of a thorough critique of your outline (long or short), and at least one phone call to get to the heart of what your book is about.

How to decide?

If you have a book-length manuscript, find more information here.

If you write short stories, visit here.

Still not sure? Contact me and start a conversation.