How to make a good story
even better.

Learn to craft a great read.

Fiction editing and story coaching for emerging authors.
Go to Developmental editing

Developmental editing

Story editing ensures your story is solid, including plot, character motivation, conflict, dramatic tension, point of view, dialogue, description, pacing.

Go to Book Coaching

Book Coaching

Coaching can help you master new writing and storytelling skills or keep your plot on track as you write, chapter by chapter or draft by draft.

Go to Affordable Critiques

Affordable Critiques

A First Quarter Manuscript Edit, Diagnostic Bundle, or First Ten Pages Edit are affordable ways to check the big-picture parts of your story without a full edit.

Go to Line Editing & Copyediting

Line Editing & Copyediting

Where copyediting makes your writing correct, line editing makes it shine. Give your manuscript the professional polish it truly deserves.

Follow your purpose with clarity.

Your story, your voice.
More vision.

Whether you’re an emerging writer still assembling your toolkit of storycrafting techniques or a seasoned author seeking to solidify your voice, my services are designed to lend clarity to your creative vision.

If you'll be self-publishing, I’ll help you figure out who your readers are and how to make your book connect with them. If you'll be pitching to an agent, I'll help you tune your manuscript to publishing industry standards and today's expectations for your genre.

My editing bundles are designed to unlock the writing and storytelling techniques you'll need to make your book a compelling read. It's your writing, but fresher. Your book, but better.

  • "(Lisa's) the real deal. Simply awesome. In the last six months, I have learned so much. And more than that, the voice inside my head has changed her tune. Now I hear, 'You're going to do this.'"—Emile Horne

  • "You need a great and wonderful editor to enhance and embolden the story; I found that with Lisa."—Troy Christensen

  • "She totally understood that this novel is my baby, my first baby, and when we disagreed, which we did a couple of times, we worked together to find a good solution that we were both happy with. We worked together to make my book better."—Sara Stark

What sort of editing do you need? How do you find the right editor for your manuscript and your budget? Here’s everything you need to know about how to find and hire a qualified professional editor for your novel.

Who are you as an author, and what’s your book all about? Give a prospective editor the kind of details about your book and publishing goals that will help them decide if they’re a good fit for your manuscript.

Established editors have built up a demanding roster of clients and referrals and are likely to be booked at least several months in advance. Plan ahead to make sure you connect with the editor you’ve been itching to work with.

Here’s how to find and hire a qualified professional editor for your novel.

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—Jane Friedman

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