Everyone has a story to tell. How will you tell yours?
Whether you’re writing a novel or a memoir, flash fiction or an academic article, you want your audience to see your story’s heart and hear the power of its truths.
I can help you reach those goals. As an editor, I’m an enthusiastic puzzle solver. I’ll start with your strengths, your vision and your voice. From there, I’ll help you refine your work, with specific, tailored feedback and suggestions for improvement.
With a PhD in English, years of teaching writing, and a list of published works, I’ll bring my knowledge and experience to all stages of your project, from initial development to a final polish.
You have a story worth telling. Let’s make that story sing.
In a developmental edit, I assess what's working and not working in terms of both content and structure. This approach looks at the big picture and how the pieces fit together. For fiction, it means assessing elements like pacing, character development and stakes, plot lines, setting, dialogue, imagery and overall clarity. For nonfiction and academic work, I take a similar approach but with a focus on the structure and clarity of your narrative or argument.
In any developmental edit, I provide detailed feedback in an editorial letter, along with targeted comments in the manuscript to illustrate my suggestions.
An editorial assessment is a good place to start if you are looking for more general feedback on your manuscript, similar to the responses of a writer's group or critique partner.
After a careful reading, I will provide you with an editorial letter that highlights your manuscript's strengths and weaknesses, along with strategies for revision. Sometimes, all you need is a fresh perspective!
Line Edits and Copy Edits
In a line edit, I look at the clarity and flow of your writing on the level of paragraphs, transitions, and individual sentences. I'll identify any inconsistencies, gaps or repetitions and make suggestions for improving sentence structure, paragraph structure, phrasing and word choices.
My copy editing focuses more on the technical aspects of writing, including grammar and mechanics.
I am available to work on a wide range of projects, including fiction, nonfiction, memoir and academic manuscripts (short or long form). Student and college essays. Website and blog content. Business correspondence.
Rates are based on the length of the project and the level of editing involved, but are generally in line with industry standards as set by the Editorial Freelancers Association.