You’ve written a book and you know it’s not as good as it can be? Then again, you have no idea what to do about it?

You’re unsure about your plotting, pacing, POV, characters having arcs & character agency? You’re worried you’re info-dumping too much? You’re apprehensive about telling, instead of showing? Starting too early into the story, or maybe too late?

Maybe you just need a fresh pair of eyes on your manuscript.

I can help with that!

I’ve finished Curtis & Brown Creative Edit and Pitch your Novel Course (which I highly recommend). I have gone through the process of developmental edits and copy-edits with my own manuscript, as well as the various articles I’ve written. I have critiqued, beta read, and helped developmentally edit dozens of my writer friend’s novels.

I am also an active member of CritiqueMatch platform, where I regularly critique other members’ chapters.

Here is what some of them said about my feedback:

  • Spot on observations as always! Thank you for pointing out where I needed to explain the finance lingo and your recommendation on how to balance my MC’s reaction to the man. You’re the best!
  • The critique was spot on! She addressed all my areas of concern and caught many pacing and telling issues that I completely missed. She is thorough, constructive and always encouraging!
  • Awesome, helpful feedback. She wasn’t afraid to let me know what was confusing or what she just didn’t love, and I appreciate that! I’ll definitely be using this feedback and incorporating it. 🙂

First and foremost, let me tell you that I believe in the mighty power of positive feedback. That doesn’t mean I won’t honestly and thoroughly dissect your weak spots and help you work on them. However, I think we are all a little too negativity-oriented, and unaware of the great benefits positive feedback can have on a writer.

Being pointed out to what you do well as a writer will not only help you develop your voice and play into your strengths, it will also build your writer’s confidence, which is probably the very thing most of us lack the most.

My BETA READING PROCESS consists of three parts:

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  1. I will read the entire manuscript from a reader‘s point of view.
  2. I will then re-read the entire manuscript and leave comments wherever I think improvements are needed. I will address the inconsistencies, repetitiveness, problems with dialogue tags, telling vs. showing, character arcs, character agencies, pace, and any other problems I might find.
  3. At the end of the second read-through, I will send you a report, where I will cover the big-picture issues I think need addressing.

Fees for beta reading can vary between $350 and $500, depending on the word count and the shape your manuscript is in (whether it is your first draft or you’d already done various rounds of edits). Please contact me to learn more or get a quote!

My DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING PROCESS is much more elaborate and requires collaboration on your part:

  1. I will read the entire manuscript from a reader‘s point of view.
  2. I will then contact you to discuss the main issues I might have encountered. For instance, you might be having too many subplots, in which case we will work together to help you reconnect with the heart of your novel—what it was that you really motivated to write this particular novel—as it will help you decide which subplots or chapters are unnecessary and could be cut/deleted.
  3. Once we are both sure where you want to go with your novel (and sometimes this requires a rewrite on your part) I will re-read the entire manuscript and leave comments wherever I think improvements are needed. I will address the inconsistencies, repetitiveness, problems with dialogue tags, telling vs. showing, character arcs, character agencies, pace, and any other issues I might find.
  4. My comments are not only informative, as with beta reading. They are also actionable suggestions. In other words, I will not only be telling you what needs work but also how to go about it. This requires another set of edits on your part.
  5. Once you’re done, I’ll revisit the changes and provide further feedback if needed.
  6. I will help you with your synopsis and query letter, and we will also discuss comparative titles that are a good fit for your manuscript.

Fees for developmental edit can vary between $650 and $800, depending on the word count and the shape your manuscript is in (whether it is your first draft or if you’d already done various rounds of edits). Please contact me to learn more or get a quote!

Genres I work with:

I am a firm believer in working with what I know, so I only work with manuscripts in those genres I write and/or read extensively in.

  • Women’s fiction
  • Young Adult
  • Romance
  • Sci-fi (though on a very limited basis—think Martian and The Age of Miracles)
  • Historical fiction (on a very limited basis— think Memoirs of a Geisha and Calling me Home)

See my Book Reviews page to get a sense of my preferences. If you’re unsure whether I’d be a good fit for your MS, please drop me a line!