What I Offer
For a professional critique, I read one pass through the manuscript with an eye towards plot, pacing, and character development in order to give you a concise report on what is and isn’t working in your story. I’ll point to the major strengths, weaknesses, and any specific issues that may be stopping your story from fully coming together, as well as suggesting areas to target during your next round of revisions.
Expect a 3-5 page critique letter, with targeted, direct feedback and a quick turnaround.
As a developmental editor, my goal is to work with you to develop the story and suggest revisions that will take the story in the direction that you most want to go–to help you get your story where you want it to be. To do this, I’ll ask you for a bit of background on what you’re doing, then read two passes of your book; once to get a wholistic sense of how all of the elements are working together (because sometimes when the ending doesn’t work, the real problem is at the beginning, and vice versa), then a second time so that I can go back in and provide detailed, revision-oriented feedback. I’ll let you know what’s already strong, diagnose weaknesses, and explain why those elements are running into trouble, as well as suggesting possible fixes.
Expect 25-50 in-line comments pointing to specific moments in the text, as well as a 6-8 page editorial letter. I’ll also answer a round of questions following initial feedback.
Heavy Developmental Editing
This is for stories that need more focused attention. Similar to developmental editing, I’ll read two passes of the story, with specific attention to untangling major narrative problems or addressing multiple large-scale issues. For heavy developmental editing, I will work through your story with an eye to how the plot, character, and setting develop across the story;chart out specific story arcs to explain where things aren’t coming together; and provide extensive suggestions for revisions.
Expect 50-100 in-line comments and a 10-12 page editorial letter, plus two additional rounds of questions. (Alternatively, I am also willing to arrange a 30-45 minute skype call to discuss feedback on your manuscript.)
Query Letters and Submission Packets
I currently intern at an agency, so I read between 15 and 20 of these on a daily basis. Whether you have questions about why your query isn’t standing out, or you’re trying to make sure that your materials are sharp before you send them out, I can give you some feedback to help you avoid pitfalls and put your best foot forwards.
Query Critiques include two rounds of feedback on a query. I’m also willing to critique synopses, and to provide a discount for a first pages critique if purchased alongside a query critique.
First Pages (Sample Edit)
Not sure if this service is what you need? Send up to the first 5000 words of your novel and I’ll edit or critique it. Not only does this provide feedback on the beginning of your story, but it’s also a great way to get a sense of what these services entail and to make sure that they’re the right fit.
If you decide to purchase full editing services, the cost of the sample critique will be counted towards the final cost.
While I am not offering beta reading at this time, if you would like a wholistic overview of your book with an eye towards getting it ready for publication, I’d be happy to work with you to set up a professional critique targeting your specific concerns.
At the moment, I’m offering special discounted rates while I build revamp the website.
Professional Critique: $0.003
Developmental Editing: $0.007
Heavy Developmental Editing: Please Inquire
Sample edit: $50 (flat rate) $40 with Query Critique
I also recognize that affordable editing is difficult to come by, and that this can be a major roadblock for some writers. If you aren’t in a position to pay full price, feel free to contact me with your budget. I’m open to negotiating.
Rates are subject to change. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
How to Get In Touch
Send the first ten pages of your MS to email@example.com (I’m currently in the process of moving things over from my other blog–so I’m still using the old email), along with the word-count and what kind of service you would like to request. Also let me know if you have any time constraints. I will read through your pages, let you know if I’m available to take the job, and provide you with a price quote. All prices are negotiable.
How Long It Takes
Once I have received the full manuscript for developmental editing, it generally take me a 3-5 weeks to complete the request. Heavy developmental editing often takes closer to 6. If you have a deadline, please let me know so that I can work to accommodate your time frame.
In addition to interning at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, I’ve been freelance editing for two years, blogging for three, and writing novels for ten, and I’ve instructed composition courses at an undergraduate level. I also have years of experience beta reading and participating in critique groups, and I read avidly.
(And, if it means anything to you, I’ve also got a BA in English and two years of grad school under my belt.)