Which Services Do You Need?
For authors, reading and editing needs vary depending on where you are at in the writing or pre-publication cycle and what you think your manuscript needs.
- Alpha and beta reading can help get your story or nonfiction book on track.
- Manuscript evaluation before editing can help fine-tune your working draft, saving you time and money on editing services.
- Copyediting or line editing hones your manuscript so that nothing stands between your reader and your words.
- Proofreading just before publication makes sure your work shines!
Are You Ready?
Are you ready to work with a reader or editor? Read about what’s needed at every step of the editorial process to find out!
Have your first draft ready? Choose one of my Rewriting & Self-Editing Guides for either fiction or nonfiction before you gather your beta reading team.
Think you’re ready for professional editing? Click the button to get my Pre-Editing Checklist.
What is The Process Like?
It starts with knowledge … look around the pages of this website, and determine where you are in the writing/editing process and what you believe your editorial needs are. Then contact me, and tell me about your project. If you like, ask for samples and request a free 10-page sample edit. We’ll discuss the needs of your project and what I can do to help. Decide if you’d like to work with me and in what capacity. If you choose to move forward, we then work together to make your book what you want it to be.
1. Surf this site for more information about professional reading & editing
There’s lots to see on this site! Look at the services offered and their comparisons. Don’t forget about the guides and articles. I like to share hints and tips about the writing process, the publication cycle, grammar & style, and author-preneurship.
2. Contact me about your project or mentorship
There are forms all over the site that you can use to e-mail me. Tell me about your book/project and where you are at in it. Or, if you are interested in mentorship, tell me about your writing in general as well as projects you are currently working on. I usually respond in less than 24 hours but sometimes I may take up to 2 days.
3. Request samples or a free 10-page edit, if you like
There’s nothing like seeing. This is the editor’s version of “show, don’t tell.” I’m happy to provide samples of feedback I’ve given other authors for readings and evaluations, as well as examples of my approach to the different levels of editing.
4. Discuss your project with me and decide if we'll work together
We will go back and forth via e-mail, each of us asking questions and providing answers. If you haven’t sent it already, you’ll provide a couple chapters of your manuscript so I can determine the rate for the editing service needed. You ultimately decide if you’d like to use any of my services. If you do, we’ll finalize the details and sign a contract.
5. Collaborate so that your work best entertains or serves the reader
Our ultimate goal is to produce the best book we can. We work together to make that happen! I may only play a small part of your book’s development process, but I want to help you toward your ultimate vision of your work. As a professional reader and editor, my philosophy is that I serve the your potential audience first to bring them the best possible experience with your work.