Whether you plan on self-publishing or going the traditional route, you want your manuscript to be the best it can possibly be before you send it out into the world.
With that in mind… choosing the right editor can be daunting. Let’s be honest: it’s a financial and an emotional investment. I mean, it’s not easy to trust someone else with your art. That’s why you need to find an editor you feel comfortable and confident with.
Am I the right editor for you and your book? I hope so! But this might help you decide.
I specialize in Middle Grade and Young Adult literature, my first passions are fantasy, sci-fi and dystopian fiction, and I have a heart for championing women writers. My feedback is always honest, constructive and far more detailed than most editors, I’m an unashamed cheerleader, I pour my heart into every manuscript I work on and I treat my clients like friends.
If you want blunt, no-nonsense feedback, I’m just not the editor for you. In fact, if you want a formal, purely business arrangement, don’t read any further. Nothing personal, I just know there’s another editor out there who’ll be a better fit for you.
Still reading? OK! I think we’re going to get on great.
I offer two story packages: a Novel Appraisal and a full Developmental Edit.
Here’s a breakdown.
The Novel Appraisal
This is a thorough overview of your manuscript from both a developmental and a style perspective.
You’ll get advice on your:
characterization and character development
tone of voice
…plus anything else that could hurt your novel’s chances of success.
The Novel Appraisal includes at least two read-throughs and you get a detailed editorial letter highlighting your strengths and identifying areas that need some work.
For this package, I charge a low, flat fee of US$400* and you’ll receive your appraisal within two weeks.
If you feel you need a more in-depth assessment, check out my full Developmental Edit.
The Developmental Edit
This is one step up from the Novel Appraisal: it covers everything in the Novel Appraisal but in the form of an editorial letter and individual chapter reports.
This is a much closer read, meaning you get 1–3 paragraphs of detailed feedback on each chapter.
This feedback covers:
character progression and credibility
escalation of conflict and dramatic tension
areas of confusion or inconsistencies
necessity or advancement value to your overall story
On top of this, I also suggest ways to clarify your characterization or character motivations, increase tension through pacing or structural rearrangement, and strengthen any narrative weaknesses.
To cover the extra time involved and allow for this more detailed level of feedback, I charge US$650* for a Developmental Edit and you’ll get your full feedback within three weeks.
*This price is for manuscripts up to 80,000 words. If your manuscript is longer, let me know and I’ll re-quote.
After the Developmental Edit, I offer Line Editing
A Line Edit is a far more artistic approach to editing. It involves putting every word choice, every sentence construction, every grammatical inconsistency under a microscope. I help you elevate your language, clarify your voice, and polish your style until it gleams!
I usually only offer a Line Edit after a Developmental Edit (as there’s no point polishing words that might be reworked or even cut at the developmental stage). However, if you feel your manuscript is ready for a Line Edit, please get in touch below for a personal quote.
I also help with literary submissions
a 1-page query letter critique for US$50
a 2-page synopsis critique for US$50
You might also need to submit some of your writing. I can help you polish your language, streamline your flow, and make sure there’s no repetition or inconsistencies that could distract from your story.
Every literary agent has different requirements. For example, some agents want your first 500 words and others want your first five chapters.
If you need to submit examples of your writing as part of your query, I can line edit your first chapter(s) for US$0.03 per word.
If you’d like more explanation of the different editing stages, check out my ‘Editing’ Highlights on Instagram.
If you’d like to work together (or have any more questions) get in touch via the form below. Look forward to hearing from you!