As a former book editor at Hachette’s Grand Central and Penguin’s New American Library, I know exactly what it takes to get your manuscript in shape, no matter where you are in the writing process and no matter where you want to go.
Please explore this website to find out what I can do for you.
A developmental edit addresses the overall structure and organization of a manuscript. I provide a very extensive editorial letter that lays out the basic areas in which a manuscript might be improved backed up by specific page by page notes, laying out a road map that can be followed. “Being edited” is not as scary as it sounds. My notes are always positive and diplomatic and my goal is to help an author push their own words out even further while keeping their overall vision intact.
One cannot underestimate the power of a query letter. While critiquing the corresponding query letter is a service I provide for any manuscript that I edit, I will also critique query letters on their own for a fee of $30. I have looked at thousands of submissions over my career as an in-house editor and as a first reader for several literary agents. I can tell you exactly how yours can be improved. Please click here to submit your query letter.
This is your chance to ask someone with real industry experience any questions about your career and the business, in general. During a 1-hour phone call, I will share my expertise on exactly what publishers are looking for, how they work with both writers and agents, and how the acquisition process works. I will also critique up to five pages of a book or proposal, providing you with valuable feedback and ideas to help you improve your odds of finding both an agent and a publisher.
I am available to speak before small and large groups at writer’s conferences, workshops, academic classes, and other events on everything from the act of writing to the publication process.