Are you a first-time novelist who’s just typed out the magic words “The End” – but doesn’t know where to go next? A new writer who wants to get published but isn’t ready to hit the market? Or even a seasoned author looking for insight and advice on a new manuscript?
I’m here to help.
As a bestselling self-published novelist and a former acquisitions editor for an award-winning independent press, I offer manuscript review and editorial services for full-length fiction and non-fiction works for writers like you. In affiliation with Blank Slate Communications, a family-owned company that provides editorial and publishing services, I’m here to help you take your writing game to the next level. Whether you’ve just finished your first-ever novel and want a professional opinion about how to move forward, or you’re looking for in-depth narrative critique and copy editing skills, I bring years of experience as both a writer and an editor to bear to make your manuscript the best it can be.
With a degree in History from the University of Chicago and a background in research and academic writing, I bring a professional and perfectionist approach to writing in all forms. I have written and self-published three best-selling novels – the first of which has been optioned for a Hollywood film – and a novella, and I have acquired several award-winning novels for Blank Slate Press, a division of Amphorae Publishing Group.
If you’re looking for high-quality editing from an accomplished writer and editor, competitive pricing, and a guaranteed quick turnaround, I’m here for you.
Options, Services, and Pricing
FREE Manuscript Evaluation: Not sure which of the following options you want? Not sure who you can trust to edit your manuscript? I offer a free, no-commitment initial evaluation of the first fifteen pages of your manuscript, with sample notes in the margins and a recommendation as to which of the following services would work best for your needs. Turnaround guarantee: Two business days from manuscript receipt after I have agreed to review the initial pages of your manuscript. Pricing: FREE!
Manuscript Review: I’ll read your manuscript and evaluate it in five key categories: narrative structure, character development, use of language, commercial viability, and readiness for publication. I’ll also offer advice about what kind of publication (traditional, agent-assisted, or self-publishing) would work best for your needs. When I’m finished, you’ll get a three-to-five page summary of my comments and evaluations in all five categories, along with advice on how to move forward. Turnaround guarantee: seven days from receipt of first payment for all manuscripts under 200,000 words. Pricing: 0.4¢ per word [e.g. a manuscript review of an 80,000 word memoir would cost $320.]
Structural Edit: I’ll comb through your manuscript word-by-word to offer copy editing, linguistic suggestions, and narrative critique. This will include an in-depth page-by-page commentary with suggestions for changes and improvements on character development, plot structure, and use of themes. Turnaround guarantee: twenty-one days from receipt of first payment for all manuscripts under 200,000 words. Pricing: 1.25¢ per word [e.g. a structural edit of an 80,000 word novel would cost $1,000.]
Copy Edit: A line edit for grammar, punctuation, and proofreading only. This is a later-stage editorial process that assumes the majority of the heavy lifting on your manuscript is done and you are happy with your story. A copy edit will focus on the use of language and grammar to ensure your manuscript is as readable and compelling as possible before publication or submission from agents. Turnaround guarantee: fourteen days from receipt of first payment for all manuscripts under 200,000 words. Pricing: 0.9¢ per word [e.g. a copy edit of an 80,000 word would cost $720.]
Turnaround Guarantee: How It Works
When you decide you’re ready to trust me with your manuscript, and I’ve accepted your project, we’ll sign a contract based on your word count and service selection. Upon signing, you’ll send me 75% of the contracted payment. When I receive payment, I’ll let you know – and I’ll get to work. If I don’t return your manuscript to you within the guaranteed turnaround time, you never have to send me the last 25% – which means you get an automatic 25% discount.
Ready to get started?
If you think you want to work with me to make your manuscript the best it can possibly be, fill out your information below and tell me a little about your project. I’ll respond as soon as possible.