My goal as a freelance editor is to help you shape your manuscript into the story you’ve seen in your mind’s eye. I’ll show you how to harness your greatest assets as a storyteller—observation, awareness, and curiosity—and provide you with honest, actionable feedback.

 

A professional editor can identify your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses before you send it out into the world. That’s where I come in.

I edit with the reader in mind while using the expertise of a twenty-year veteran at New York publishing houses, an MFA degree, and a creative writing instructor. And as a writer myself, I know how hard it can be to objectively review my own manuscript. You don’t have to go it alone. I can help!

Manuscript Consultation

What services do I offer?

  • Phone/Skype Consultation
  • Developmental Editing—Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction
  • Writing Coaching
  • Copyediting and Proofreading (on a limited basis)

Coming soon…

  • Reader’s Report

Editing Defined…

Before you hire a freelance editor, it’s important to know what kind of editing services you’ll need.

I’m looking for a “big picture” overview. I need to know what is and isn’t working in my story.

Then you’ll want Developmental Editing. This is my bread-and-butter. I love delving into the content and structure of your manuscript. I want to make sure you’re getting the most impact from your words as possible. I’ll peel back the layers of your story and review points such as:

  • Characters—Are they realistic and compelling?
  • Dialogue—Is there enough subtext? Does it sound conversational without being loaded with filler?
  • Plot—Is the story arc structured in an efficient, emotionally engaging way? Are there any holes in the story?
  • Setting—Is the location optimal? Are the details woven throughout the story?
  • Hook—Does your opening entice the reader to turn the page? Is it powerful enough?

Let’s chat about how I can help. 


 

I need one-on-one help to develop my writing skills, but I don’t know where to begin.

As a creative writing instructor, I’ve worked with hundreds of students from beginner to advanced to help them take their writing skills to the next level. Think of this as your own private mini-MFA course. If you need structure with accountability, I’m here to be your personal Writing Coach!

My materials are geared toward helping you harness the power of your observations and curiosity. This is what makes your writing unique. It is your greatest asset as a storyteller, and I can help you explore these connections while giving you concrete tools to expand your writing toolbox.

We’ll work together through email and Skype every other week for eight weeks in an encouraging, judgement-free zone. I’ll provide lessons, exercises, and short master works tailored to your needs. You’ll also receive honest feedback with suggestions for your next steps.

Best of all, you can begin when you want! No waiting for a specific class.

Contact me to apply. (Got a friend or two who wants to join us? Share the cost and we’ll have our own workshop group.)


 

I’m not sure if my manuscript is on the right track. I have a great story idea, but I got stuck along the way.

Then you’ll want to take advantage of my Phone/Skype Consultation. Whether you’re writing your first story or your tenth, sometimes you need someone with experience to bounce some ideas and get on the right path. We’ll brainstorm together!

I will review up to ten pages in preparation for our 30-minute call. You’ll feel inspired with a clear sense of direction. After our consultation session, you’ll have:

  • an honest assessment of your story and characters, offering suggestions for moving forward.
  • strategies and exercises to break you out of the rut and get back on track.
  • advice for developing your strengths and building on them.

Tell me a bit about your story and let me be your writing coach!


 

My manuscript needs to be checked for consistency, clarity and tone.

Then you’ll want Copyediting. As a copy editor, I’m your very own quality control expert. My focus is accuracy, consistency, and problem-solving. I will help polish and organize your sentences to make sure your reader has a terrific experience. I’ll be reviewing your manuscript for things like:

  • Accuracy—If your story is set in 1860, your characters should not be talking on the telephone.
  • Consistency—Your character’s name is spelled Ally on page 3 and Allie on page 28. I’ll flag that for you.
  • Clarity—I’ll make sure that each sentence is constructed in a way that is grammatically correct, while preserving your voice and style.

Copyediting usually goes hand-in-hand with proofreading. Copyediting is reserved for manuscripts that have been through a developmental edit.

I copyedit and proofread manuscripts on a limited basis. Contact me for more information.


 

I need someone to help with grammar and punctuation.

Then you’ll want Copyediting and Proofreading.  Every author needs a second set of expert eyes. Proofreading is the final check before you begin your agent search or self-publish your manuscript. This is reserved for manuscripts that have been through a developmental edit. Proofreading involves:

  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Missing or misused words
  • Spelling

I will make sure every word in your manuscript is in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style (16th) and Webster’s 11th.

I copyedit and proofread manuscripts on a limited basis. Contact me for more information.

Continuing Education

Editorial Freelancers AssociationIt’s important to stay current on the ever-changing world of grammar and punctuation. (Did you hear that the word “selfie” was just admitted into the Oxford Dictionaries?) I recently completed two refresher copyediting courses — levels II and III — through the Editorial Freelancers Association.

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