Your manuscript deserves clarity.
A manuscript evaluation, plot checkup, or new author review are affordable ways to check the big-picture parts of your story before a full edit.
Plot, character motivation, conflict, dramatic tension, point of view, dialogue, description, pacing—craft a compelling read at every level.
Copyediting & Line Editing
Where copyediting makes your writing correct, line editing makes it shine. Give your book the professional polish it deserves.
Substantive edits are a little like a cross between a content edit and a line edit—language plus storycrafting for a smooth, polished result.
A Compelling Read at Every Level
A good edit is like a personal coach for your writing. When you finish revisions after an edit from me, you'll feel like a stronger, better equipped writer. You'll walk away with tools and techniques for turning plodding prose into narrative so kinetic it tumbles off the page.
Your edit begins with your readers. We’ll figure out who those readers are and how to make your book something they'll want to read.
The thing that sets my editing apart from other editors’ work is my enthusiasm and commitment to helping you step up your game. It's your writing, but fresher. Your book, but better.
Literary & Commercial Fiction
Literary and commercial fiction; women's fiction, historical fiction; middle grade, young adult, and new adult fiction
Fantasy, soft sci-fi, horror, steampunk, utopian/dystopian, alternate history, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, supernatural, paranormal
RPGs and Gaming
Tabletop and video game content and editorial, gaming rule books and guides, supplements, related fiction
Spirituality, inspirational self-help, history, and travel nonfiction; daily web publications
Clarity: Tools & Skills for Authors
As an emerging author, it’s frustrating to discover that you shouldn’t follow the lead of experienced authors when it comes to your editing budget and saving money on editing. The editing needs of seasoned authors are much different from those of new authors. Writers at earlier stages of their careers need strong developmental guidance; no[…]
One of the top reasons authors give for self-publishing is the speed with which they can bring their books to publication. Gone are the endless publishing house production cycles that can keep books in limbo for years on end. Control is back in your hands. That’s the good news. The bad news is virtually the[…]
You just clicked Save on your manuscript file in preparation for sending it off for a sample edit. The thing is, the prospective editor has asked you to send the entire manuscript. All you need is a tiny sample edit. Why would an editor ask to see your whole manuscript? Could this unknown editor be[…]
Once your book is edited, where can you turn for reliable advice on the next steps in the publishing process? My favorite resources for authors include books and articles on querying agents, submitting to publishers, finding a great cover artist, self-publishing tasks and schedules, marketing and promoting your commercially published or self-published book, and more.[…]
What is the price of perfection? When you pay for professional editing, shouldn’t you be assured that your book will be error-free? Accuracy rates for professional editors today are quite high. Yet language and the art of writing don’t lend themselves to a strictly formulaic approach, and reader-reported errors and fumbles that creep in during[…]
What’s the best way to revise your own copy? How do you know what kind of editing you need? What mistakes do editors find most often in manuscripts from first-time authors? How can you make your protagonist seem more relatable and sympathetic? Ask professional fiction editors (not acquisitions editors from publishing companies) your burning[…]
Bad news: You just got your manuscript back from the editor, and your computer has collapsed in a pique. Every time you open the document, Microsoft Word stalls out. The only thing still moving is your cursor, which is chasing its tail like an eternal puppy. How can you process your revisions if you can’t[…]
If you’re like many writers, your monitor is a veritable porcupine of sticky notes, many of them warning you away from the clichés your beta readers and editor have called you out on again and again: Her heart pounded as his hand slid up the side of her neck. She took a deep breath and[…]
What if I told you there was a writing tool that could help you nail your final draft, slash time and effort off the front of the editing process, and set up your novel for acceptance by an agent or publisher? Such a beast really does exist, and it’s something you already know you’ll need[…]
Nothing makes an editor sadder than slogging through an edit on a manuscript that isn’t ready yet. I don’t want you to pay me for a service your manuscript isn’t ready to receive. Really. As exciting as it feels to move one step closer to publication, remember that there’s a lot of work that needs[…]
After the long grind of writing, revisions, and editing, you’re undoubtedly eager to reclaim your free time or move on to the next creative project. Create that time by stepping up your game with simple tools to help you generate queries efficiently and professionally. Now that you’ve entered the publishing market with your book, you’re[…]
Chapter length is more a matter of rhythm and consistency than hard numbers. Chapters that are exceptionally long or short in relation to the rest of your chapters change the flow of your book in ways you might not have considered. Super-short chapters act like flags to readers. It’s like the tight, gathered stance and[…]
A sample edit or sample assessment is the single best way to determine if a prospective editor will be a good fit for your writing. Nothing shows how an editor’s touch will sit on your manuscript like actually seeing their edits on your manuscript. And at a time when you may be feeling overwhelmed by revisions,[…]
Your edited manuscript is back! It’s time to incorporate the edits. Track Changes can seem intimidating to work with the first time, but once you get comfortable with it, you’ll wonder how you ever managed notes, edits, and revisions without it. Here are some tips for getting started processing your editing manuscript—but before you begin,[…]
The End. Most authors heave a sigh of relief when they type those two words. Sure, they’ll need to read through everything again, and they’d like to give their manuscript to a few friends to read. But the editor is going to be doing the heavy lifting from here on out, right? The gritty truth is[…]
Choosing an editor for your manuscript shouldn’t leave you feeling as if you were clinging to a plank over a sea of unknown terrors. Even first-time authors with no connections can build a respectable short list of editorial contenders by examining basics like budget and background. From there, you’re just a few steps away from[…]