NOVELS AND MEMOIRS
For fiction projects and memoirs, I provide comprehensive services including developmental editing, line editing, and proofreading. I will always provide my candid opinion about areas that may be improved including plot, characters, setting, and elements of suspense. As a practicing author of fiction, I know what it’s like to stare at that blank sheet of paper (or screen, nowadays) and wonder how to get started. I understand how you feel when you’ve written something – a chapter or a complete manuscript – and you wonder, “Am I doing the right thing? Will anyone want to read this?” You need advice and guidance, and sometimes a fresh eye. I’m here to provide them for you.
Writing a novel is a very personal experience. With all of my valued clients I take a very respectful approach, but I’m also very tough. Why? Because it’s better to power through the difficult questions now rather than have a literary agent reject your book without offering an explanation (I know how this works; I’ve received more than my share of rejection letters. Every author has them!).
The suggestions that I make (usually in Word edit tracker) are my opinion. At the end of the day, it’s your book with your name on it, and you are free to accept or reject any suggestion or edit that I’ve made. My goal is to not only help you tell your story as powerfully as possible, but to give you confidence that your book is the very best that it can be.
My services are always tailored to meet your needs. You can hire me to edit just one chapter or your entire book. Many of my clients, both fiction and non-fiction, send me a chapter every few weeks. I have one client who has been working with me for over a year! That’s perfectly fine. There’s no rush and no pressure.
I’ll also help you with organization (the preface, foreword, introduction) as well as the book jacket text. You can also hire me to assist you with your query letter or proposal. My job is to help you every step of the way until you publish your novel or memoir.