Editing Fiction and Book Manuscripts
I am seeking serious writers with a complete manuscript who are committed to getting the book ready for a publisher or agent. I also take on writers who are deep into the book-writing process and need help getting to the end. Whether you have a great book idea, or an outline, or a very rough draft, or a beautifully written first 5 chapters -- let's talk! I will help you complete the book. You are going to feel so proud of the finished result!
When you select an editor, I encourage you to take your time. Find someone who understands you, your writing, and is excited about the project. You deserve to work with someone who appreciates and supports your work and your vision.
My goals as an editor are:
If we get to work together, the first thing we'll do is determine the needs of the project:
Then I will send you a quote so that you know up front what the total cost of the project will be. Whether you look at it from the perspective of the cost per word or per page or per hour, you are not going to find a high quality editor with more reasonable prices.
If you are serious about getting your book ready for publication, email me so we can talk about how to get you moving forward!
Emily Render has been my editor for over four years working with me on a list of short stories and my first novel, "A Year for Kristine." She’s had to endure my fractured methodology of writing, my terrible grammar and spelling, and the bursts of dashes, ens, ems, and ellipses that peppered my writing until I figured out how to use them. She offered constructive criticism as well as finding many grammatical errors. She tracked the hundreds of details that carry through a historical novel and contributed to ensuring the accuracy and consistency of the story. Her job was complicated by the fact that I was writing three to four new chapters while she was editing completed chapters.
The edits were identified clearly and concisely. It was quite a daunting task considering that the final size of the manuscript was over 260,000 words. She completed the reviews in a timely manner and we never had a problem communicating. She was always punctual about meetings and deadlines. I could imagine her as a pivotal member of any team. It was a pleasure working with her and I hope that she will consider being my editor on my next novel.
- Bruce Lucas
Textbook on Energy in Buildings
I am working with a professor to turn his lectures into a textbook. We have progressed from transcribing the lectures to organizing the information into book chapters, and are now beginning the editing process.
I am giving feedback on a novel as it is being written - chapter by chapter. So far we have talked about point of view, consistency of voice, the gap between the narrator's perspective and what the reader knows, and much more.