You choose from a menu of services based on what you need. If you’re not sure, I’ll review your first 10-20 pages and offer some options to meet your needs and budget. Click here for more information on rates.

Analysis and critique

I’ll read your manuscript at least twice. First, I sit down with it as a reader. I finish the entire book before putting on my editor’s eyes and going back a second or even third time. This way I know the whole story before I dive in to ask questions. I look for specific areas that need strengthening, and provide you with a full written report on what I see as the strengths of your work and the areas where some improvement could make a major difference.

The critique will address the major issues writers face: characters and character development, plot and sub-plots, scene and setting, dialog and narrative, organizational structure of the work, and that all-important but hard to define style and voice. I don’t just point out problem areas. I give concrete examples and suggestions to help you fix problems, improve weaknesses, and take advantage of your strengths.

It doesn’t stop there. You get ongoing follow-up service by e-mail or phone to answer specific questions. I’ll also review some new and revised scenes to see if they resolve the issues noted in the initial analysis.

Proofread/copy edit

This is a read-through to correct typos, spelling, grammar and punctuation, as well as ensure the manuscript is properly formatted. You’ll receive a marked-up copy of your manuscript and a clean, polished version.

Line edit

A line edit includes a full proofread/copy edit, but also a thorough scrub of your finished manuscript for writing issues and recommendations to strengthen your prose. You’ll receive a marked-up copy of your manuscript along with a written report with suggestions, writing tips and techniques specific to your manuscript, all aimed at helping you polish your writing and engage readers more thoroughly.

Submission review

I can review your submission package, including your query letter, synopsis, and the first 30 pages of your manuscript to help ensure a professional presentation when you approach agents and acquisition editors. A submission review includes research assistance to help you find the right agents to query.

Writing coach/mentor

About done with your first draft, or only partway through, and feel stuck? Your first attempt at a full-length novel? Maybe a writing coach with a mentorship program tailored specifically to your needs and situation would be the right approach to help you get off on the right foot and finish a strong first draft.