My Editing Philosophy
Whether you are looking to polish a manuscript for potential publication or simply want to learn how to become a better writer, getting a professional critique can help. A manuscript critique offers guidance from global concerns, such as ways to strengthen your plot and character development, to scene level suggestions on topics such as pacing, dialogue, description, setting and more.
And while there is much to be gained from a manuscript critique, even a lengthy and constructive revision process cannot guarantee your book’s publication. What it will do, however, is give it the best chance it’s got and, just as important, help you become a better writer along the way. Which, at the end of the day, is the greatest reward there is.
So if you long to elevate your craft and make your story the best it can be, then I’d love the opportunity to work with you.
Levels of Service
Overall Critique – This level of service provides you with an editorial note listing general comments on strengths and suggestions for improvement in areas such as, but not limited to, plot and character development, voice, dialogue, pacing, etc. In particular, I look for whether or not your manuscript is likely to hold a reader’s interest and places where this needs to be strengthened. This does not include line comments on manuscript. This is followed by a conversation to discuss the manuscript (via phone or in person) and give you the opportunity to ask questions.
Developmental editing – This level of service gives you more specific feedback and suggestions in your editorial letter than an overall critique, in addition to line markings on the manuscript itself. This is followed by a conversation to discuss the manuscript (via phone or in person) and give you the opportunity to ask questions.
First 50 Pages Special: Most chronic problems in manuscripts will be apparent in the first fifty pages. If you wish to send in the first 50 pages, plus a detailed synopsis (~2-8 pages) of the remaining story, I can give you feedback on these pages plus my suggestions regarding the future plot you have outlined in the synopsis. This DOES NOT take the place of a complete manuscript critique, but it can point out common errors that you may be making throughout the entire manuscript. You may choose to make changes and then submit a revised completed manuscript for critique. This service gives you edits on the manuscript as well as an editorial note and a one hour conversation.
If you’d like more information about these services or to request a quote, please contact me.