Editing fiction is a very organic process; one size never fits all. These options are in place to clarify and simplify the process, but we can tailor a plan based on your needs, budget, and timeline. I can also help you determine which option would benefit your manuscript most.
It’s easy to get so wrapped up in writing, rewriting, revising, and rewriting some more that you start to feel lost in your own manuscript. Perhaps you know your story so well that you assume what’s in your head is on the page. Or maybe you know your novel needs work, but you don’t know what to do or where to start. A general critique will help you regain perspective. I will read the manuscript and write an editorial memo to highlight what works and what needs more work regarding plot, character development, pacing, dialogue, and so on. With the memo in hand, you’ll know where to focus your attention during revisions. Most editorial memos are between three and ten pages.
This service is for manuscripts that are somewhat structurally sound but not quite as polished as they could be, or for writers who need help with their writing style. I will write an editorial memo as in a general critique, but I will also offer specific line notes and suggestions, including examples of what I think would work. This option is good for writers who feel ready for—or feel they need—a closer edit.
This is for manuscripts that are close to final, but not quite there. It will be a combination of general critique and line edit, and may require multiple rounds.
For all levels, I offer the chance for follow-up conversations once you’ve had a chance to digest my feedback. I will charge either an hourly rate or a project fee, which are negotiable and will be determined per project.
I also offer consultations to writers who want to learn about the publishing process, from finding and getting an agent to landing a book deal to publishing a book.