For Authors

I can help you fulfill your story’s greatest potential.

After more than twelve years of experience as an in-house editor at major publishing houses, I now work independently with authors, agents, and publishers. It's an honor to guide writers through the wilderness of the revision process, from murky ideas to rough first drafts to gleaming finished manuscripts. 

My specialties are middle grade and young adult novels, including fantasy and romance. I also edit graphic novels, chapter books, and select picture books. 

 

Every story and creative process is unique. Please email me to describe your project and goals. If I am not the right editor to help guide you, I will let you know. If I am, I can give you a free custom quote.

 

Before you contact me, see what others say about my work, take a look at my submission policy, and read through the FAQ.

Menu of Services

First Pages Critique

Insight into how publishers, agents, and your intended audience will respond to your writing on a line-by-line level. A first pages critique includes detailed margin comments on up to 25 pages of your manuscript and an email exchange to answer any follow-up questions you might have. $750 flat fee.

Manuscript Evaluation

I can help you identify your draft’s key strengths and weaknesses so that you focus your revision on what matters most. A manuscript evaluation includes an overview critique letter of at least 2 pages and a 30-minute follow-up phone call or Zoom. Contact me for a custom quote.

 

Detailed Editorial Letter

After a close reading of your complete manuscript, I offer tailored insight on concept, voice, characterization, plot, pacing, and more. Editorial letters are typically 4 to 6 pages and include a 60-minute follow-up phone call or Zoom. Contact me for a custom quote.

 

Query Letter Review

It’s always a challenge to see your own work clearly, and to describe your story in a few short sentences that grab and hold your reader’s attention. I will help you position your project in the current market and polish your pitch. $350 flat fee.

 

Outline or Synopsis Development

I can help you strengthen the bones of your story. Contact me for a custom quote.

 

Other Consultations 

Need help with something not listed here? Let me know about your project and goals.

 

How to Send

Simply email me!

Briefly describe the project you want to work on together. Let me know a little bit about your background as a writer, your goals for this project, and any other details you'd like to share.

 

Give me a taste

Please attach the first 10 pages of your manuscript (as a Word or Google doc, or as a PDF). Also send a brief synopsis, if available. Sharing a sample of your work helps me tell how I might be able to help.

 

I usually respond promptly. If I haven’t acknowledged receipt within 7 business days, please feel free to resend.