Editorial Services

Editorial Services

It’s hard to be both the writer and editor of your manuscript. Let me help with that. It is my pleasure to assist you on the journey that takes your manuscript through the stages of concept, first draft, revisions, and final copyedits.

I’ve been on the other side of the desk. I spent 20 years as an editor of fiction, nonfiction and picture books. Let me help you make your publishing dream come true. I can’t promise you’ll get stars or awards or even a contract, but I can make the venture less risky, less mysterious, and more effective. How?

BOOK CRITIQUES

I offer suggestions for improvements to the plot, characterization, pacing, style, point of view, and much more. Critiques also point out the strengths of your manuscript. I will send you an editorial letter or email delineating the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses. Picture book manuscripts usually receive a page-by-page or line-by-line critique. Fees vary based on length and complexity of the manuscript.

PROPOSAL CRITIQUES

Most publishers request a critique, often with sample chapters, before wanting to see any manuscript. It’s critical that your proposal shines. I’ve helped many authors polish their proposals and end up with contracts based only on the critique. Fees range from $150 to $250 per proposal.

EDITING

This is where I dig in. What kind of editing do you need? Developmental, substantial, copyediting, proofreading? If you’re not sure, check out this explanation of these four levels of editing, see the article “What Type of Editing Do I Need?” on the Northwest Independent Editors Guild website. Fees vary.

Packaging/Publishing Consultation

I am available for consultations if you are considering self-publishing a book, starting your own publishing company, or finding out about how publishing works. I can help you set up your new business and make recommendations for such things as printing sources, distribution, marketing, design, and inventory management.

Conferences and Speaking Engagements

My experiences include offering both workshops and keynote addresses at regional SCBWI conferences, Christian writing conferences, Highlights for Children Foundation workshops, school visits, and library presentations. Some of my presentation topics are:

  • Nonfiction for Young Readers
  • The Business of Publishing
  • Know Your Markets
  • The Power of Story in Changing Lives
  • Running the Race: From First Words to the Finish Line
  • Resilience: You’re Stronger Than You Think You Are