EDITING

If you’re visiting my site looking for editing services, you’ve found the right place! I can’t tell you how much I love sharing with others the skills I’ve developed over the past decade of studying writing craft. I work hard to communicate clearly, kindly, and with candor, helping the writers I work with to improve and deepen their understanding of writing and novel construction. I’m open to working with you on your specific needs, but to start, I offer a few options:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Query Critique (50). I’ll critique your query and do a second read through of your edits.

Writing Analysis (100). I’ll read thirty pages of your work and do close in line comments, pin-pointing writing tics or places your writing at the sentence level could be boosted. If you have specific questions or worries about your work (such as writing emotion), I’ll be happy to tailor my comments to your needs.

Plot Analysis (150). I’ll read any notes you have on your manuscript–synopsis, pitch, plot, character arc…We’ll talk as a team and nail down what direction you feel confident in going to complete or revise your manuscript.

Manuscript Analysis (400 for a 55,000 word manuscript). I’ll read your entire manuscript, though this won’t include any in-line notes. I’ll read looking at overarching structure. I’ll write an edit letter looking at your current structure and any moments that might currently be hindering you.

Mentorship (600 for a 55,000 word manuscript). This is the Plot Analysis combined with the Manuscript Analysis but more in-depth! I’ll read notes on your manuscript and together we’ll make a plan using the Plotting Overview document I have created, pinning down theme, character arc, and plotting so you’re confident in how the elements of your novel all tie together. After, you’ll write or revise your manuscript, and when you’re finished, I’ll read it and provide a manuscript analysis.

(Please note that price adjusts for longer manuscripts. Contact me for an exact quote!)

 

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PITCHWARS

If you’re visiting this page looking for information on writing mentorship through PitchWars (a wonderful writing mentorship program), welcome! I cannot say how valuable PitchWars has become for me (and I hope for you too!). In a business that can be lonely and difficult at times, PitchWars offers the opportunity for community and positivity. You can find my PW bio here.

If you’re interested in hearing what it’s like to work with me from one of my past mentees, please check out interviews with Stacy Hackney, Julie ArtzLacee Little, and Bronwyn Clark. For stats (ugh, stats, but hey, some people like the numbers!), here’s what I’ve worked with in recent years!
2014: mentee Stacy Hackney on a light science fiction titled THIRTEEN O’CLOCK. In the agent round, she had thirteen lovely requests. She’s now represented by Katie Grimm of Don Congdon Associates. Her book, THE MYSTERY OF GLIMMER CREEK, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster!
2015: mentee Julie Artz (who’s a PitchWars mentor now!!) on a fantasy titled QUEST FOR THE KALEVALA. In the agent round, she had 6 lovely requests.
2016: mentee Lacee Little (who will be co-mentoring with me in 2018!) on a historical fantasy titled AN IMPOSSIBLE MAGIC. In the agent round, she had 24 lovely requests and is now working on a fabulous Middle Grade fantasy.
2017: mentee Bronwyn Clark on a contemporary with every-day-magic titled WHERE WILD MAGIC GROWS. In the agent round, she had 26 lovely requests. She’s now represented by Lydia Silver of Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency.
2018: mentee Lorelei Savaryn on a contemporary fantasy with dreamy and wild magic titled REVERIE. In the agent round, she had 24 lovely requests.

When PitchWars time starts coming around, the feed over on Twitter bursts with incredible advice and thoughts from mentors and hopefuls alike. I hope you check it out and see what the community there has to offer. To get an idea of what sort of thoughts and threads can be found, here are some I’ve done in the past: horror as genre in Middle Grade, coping with disappointment, on working with critique partners, mentoring & empowerment, and more.

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WRITING RESOURCES

If you’re here looking for help querying or on writing a query, check out this post.

If you’re here looking for writing craft help, I’ll admit I don’t have much posted on my website or blog regarding the writing process. I do more of this over on Twitter. If you search the thread #WritingCraftThread you’ll find answers to specific questions people have sent in! I try my best to have those threads be short, easily digestible bits of advice. They tackle all sorts of writing craft questions–if you have one, please send it in! I’d love to do a thread addressing yours. Do keep in mind that my thoughts on the writing craft are just mine. They’re in no way “rules” that must be followed.

I also have a few downloadable items I hope might be helpful for you!

First, I use Jami Gold’s Story Engineering Beat Sheet with all of my books. I’m a massive fan of Larry Brooks’ book, Story Engineering. I’ve altered Jami’s beat sheet just the slightest, adding in a column for character arc and a row for theme, both of which I prefer to draft and discover first before figuring out plot points. You can find that sheet here.

Second, I have a Plotting Overview doc. It contains a quick run-down of several storytelling elements (theme, character arc, plotting, etc) with fill-in-the-blank sections. I have a blog post chatting about the doc, and linking to an example  of how you might choose to use it.

Third, I have writing exercises listed out here. All seven can be accessed on the same page. They’re designed to progress from one to the next and help give writers power and choice over the words they use when they write. I made these for my 2018 PitchWars mentee :)

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