With a passion for storytelling and an eye for narrative structure, I help authors to perfect their book-length manuscripts with the goal of publication. After completing my BA in English Literature from Stanford University and MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, I taught university-level writing courses for two years. As a freelance editor I have worked with authors of memoir, novels, nonfiction, investigative journalism, and academic research. My own recent publications include a personal essay at Narratively and a forthcoming profile at International Living.
For new editing projects I am open to any genre, with a preference for general fiction, memoir, urban fantasy, suspense, mystery, and young adult novels. I offer a free assessment and sample edit (up to 1500 words), so we can determine whether my editing style would be a good fit for your needs. Read more about the services I offer below, and fill out the form to get started!
You’ve completed a full draft of your manuscript, but it still needs some work on a deeper level. A developmental edit provides a comprehensive analysis to help identify the big-picture issues with your book. I’ll leave specific notes throughout the manuscript, as well as a 10–15-page report that covers all the major elements of a novel including: plot, story structure, characterization, theme, conflict, narrative arc, and more. The report will include notes about what is already working, issues that need to be solved and specific recommendations for how to resolve them, how to strengthen your writing and create a compelling narrative that lives up to your vision for the book. Please note, while the notes may include some sporadic sentence-level corrections, this service does NOT include full line editing or proofreading. From $0.018 per word.
A manuscript critique is a less comprehensive version of the developmental editing service. Margin notes and annotations within the text are limited. Feedback is provided in a 3–5-page editorial letter, which includes an overview of big-picture issues with the book, as well as the elements that are working well. This critique does not include any line editing or in-text notes, but it does include some suggestions for how the problem areas can be improved upon. The manuscript critique is recommended for more experienced writers who don’t need much guidance to implement the feedback and strengthen their manuscript on their own. It can also be useful for authors who have been through multiple drafts and need a new set of eyes to spot any inconsistencies, issues of clarity or cohesion they might have missed as the story has evolved. Flat rate, from $450 (depending on word count).
If you have completed and revised your manuscript to the best of your ability, line editing will be one of the final stages of the editing process you’ll need before publication. Line editing will detect grammatical and spelling errors, inconsistencies in language and voice, repetition, and narrative flow. Margin comments and annotations will be limited. An editorial letter (including suggestions for how to improve specific story elements) is NOT included with this service. From $0.015 per word.
Please include a brief description of your project, including genre, word count, and the type of editing you need. I respond to all messages within 48 hours.