Services

I enjoy collaborating with authors of character-driven fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction, but I’m also interested in works about cultural studies, social justice, food, travel, humor, history, and psychology.

I strive to offer authors the same quality editorial experience on a freelance basis as they would find in a publishing house, and ensuring a quality experience starts with being certain I’m the right editor for your work. If you may be interested in working together, feel free to send me an e-mail with a brief description of your project. If I think I have the necessary expertise and enthusiasm to help, I’ll ask to take a quick look at your manuscript and then to schedule a brief phone call to make sure we’re on the same page about what’s needed and to answer any questions you may have.

The foundation of the publishing process, developmental editing takes a broad perspective on a manuscript, addressing issues like plot, pacing, structure, character development, and overall length. If this is your first complete draft of your manuscript, or I’m the first professional you’re reaching out to for feedback, a developmental edit is most often what’s called for. I will read and thoroughly edit your manuscript with marginal comments and in-line changes as well as provide a lengthy editorial memo (usually seven to ten pages) containing both general feedback and references to specific pages where applicable. My fee for a developmental edit also includes an hour of phone time to discuss any questions you may have about my edits.

Once your manuscript has been through several drafts and no further large-scale changes are planned, you’re ready for a line edit to address questions such as sentence flow and structure, character voice, diction, clarity, and so forth. I can provide a judicious line edit of your manuscript that respects your authorial voice while ensuring the manuscript achieves its intended purpose with verve and force. In addition to in-line changes, I will also provide a page or so of general feedback about style if appropriate.

If you’re stuck two-thirds of the way through a draft and not sure what it needs, or if you’d like a professional perspective on your completed draft but don’t feel ready to commit to a full edit, I can read your manuscript and return a memo of two to five pages offering some general feedback but no page-by-page commentary or markup of the manuscript.

When you’re ready to submit your work to agents or publishers, I can edit your query letter to help you present a clear, compelling, and concise case for your work, including offering advice about describing your qualifications and finding suitable comparison titles. I charge a flat fee for two rounds of review—the first to get the content into shape and the second a formal copy edit to make sure everything is letter-perfect.

If your manuscript is in final form and the prose is polished to a high sheen, you may still wish to consider a copy edit. Unlike a line edit, a copy edit addresses only errors such as those of spelling, grammar, punctuation, or fact; inconsistencies of formatting; and the like. I provide this service mainly to publishers and to authors preparing to self-publish their work, but if you’re an author who’s anxious about putting your best foot forward to the agents or publishers you plan to approach, I’m happy to help. My copy edit of your manuscript will include a style sheet that will guide you through my corrections and help you enforce style consistently throughout the text as you review and accept the changes.

Once a manuscript has been copyedited and typeset (or otherwise laid out for publication), it’s a good idea to have the text reviewed one more time to catch any errors that were missed by previous or introduced as corrections were made. I provide this service mainly to publishers, but also recommend it for authors who plan to self-publish.