Need a sensitivity reader? I’m available!

Sensitivity reads are a way for authors to get an experienced, outside perspective on their work before they move forward with the publishing process. I like to think of them more as accuracy reads because if your target audience reacts negatively to your work, it isn’t going to be because they were “too sensitive”. It’ll[…]

5 Ways to Improve Your Novel Before You Hire an Editor

There are two facts about hiring an editor which are equally true: a professional editor can substantially improve your book, and hiring a professional editor to do a full range of edits is a cost not every author can afford. Sadly, too many authors think this means they can get away with hiring an amateur at cut-rate[…]

750,000 words edited in 2016 (so far…)

In the first half of 2016, I completed edits on: a children’s book a non-fiction psychology text academic papers comic book scripts short stories (genre fiction and literary) novellas novels and more! All together, I edited more than 750,000 words between January 1 and the end of June. When you consider that I was off work[…]

New: Lower Prices and More Services!

Updated July 25, 2016 I’m constantly reviewing the freelance editing market, comparing fees and services in order to stay within “professional rates” while also staying competitive. On one hand, I want to be paid appropriately for my decades of experience, and range (not many folks have worked in news, academic editing, and commercial fiction – including[…]

New service: FREE online archiving of your project

As much as I adore the speed and ease of communication that the internet provides us, it isn’t perfect. Emails get lost, accidentally deleted, or misfiled. Clients can download files but lose track of where they’re stored. They may want to re-review an older copy of their project, which they didn’t save. Regardless of how it[…]

Editing Tips #5: Should You Trigger Warning Your Editor?

trig·ger warn·ing noun a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material (often used to introduce a description of such content). We’ve seen a lot of discussion over the use of trigger warnings for a reader or viewer,[…]

Editing Tips #3: Know What You’re Getting When You Have an “Editor”

Whether you have a story accepted at a magazine or you’ve hired an editor to help you smooth off the rough edges on your current wip, you will eventually be working with an editor. The kind of editor you hire, or the type of editing that’s done to your work, depends on whether it’s sold[…]

New! $15 Beta Read on Short Stories Under 5,000 words

Do you have a short story you’ve wanted a professional opinion on? I can help! I’m currently offering a sale on beta reads for short stories of up to 5,000 words. This is a standard manuscript evaluation, scaled down to make it affordable for even your shortest works. By clicking on the button below, you’ll[…]

Editing Tips #2: Personal Style Guide

I’ve been asked to post some editing tips for people in the process of revising their own work. Most editing notes are universal — applying equally to people editing a short story or those revising their novel. You don’t have to follow every one of my suggestions, but if you at least consider them, your[…]