Full spectrum editing

Authors build a career out of the books of other writers, as well as their own. As a professional editor and author coach, I help writers no matter where they stand in the creation journey. Count on my 38 years of editing and industry work to polish and advance your book.

There’s far more detail on my services to authors, as well as testimonials and references, at my Writer’s Workshop website. You can also read the latest of my blog on writing, editing, and publishing, The Write Stuff.

Editing services

Many books benefit from development editing, which can include some line editing. Full Spectrum editing does this combination. Evaluations cover narrative, vocabulary, structure, and voice, with my notes in Word as well as an editorial letter. Development editing improves books in progress. You better understand choices about story flow, deciding what to include and what can be set aside. Development editing is 3 cents a word. I work with unfinished manuscripts; that is often the best time to get a development edit.

Every writer needs copy editing. I've edited nonfiction books, memoirs and novels, magazines, publications, and journals. My standard rate for copy editing — including cleanup of grammar and punctuation, revising sentences, and maintaining consistency, style, and your voice — is 2 cents per word.

The difference: Copy editing is for a finished book that needs its language polished before you offer it to an agent or publisher. Development editing helps you create the best book from the ground up. Together we craft story structure, plot, characters, and themes. An editorial letter, plus notes in the margins, will refocus your choices.

Try it: I'll test-edit a 10-page double-spaced sample of your book for free, so you can decide if we're right for each other. Send me your file to get your sample edit.

Let's talk about your project: 512-657-3264

Blurb-Synopsis-Query services

Editors and agents want to see your story summarized before deciding to read more. A book blurb is your introduction. A brisk synopsis and a compelling query get your foot in the door and demonstrate that you know your book and its theme. I can develop from the start with you for these sales tools, or edit and revise your existing query and synopsis. If you're trying to lock down how your query's Compel paragraph looks, we should talk. Compel is one of the Four C's of a query letter.

Agent research: Using the latest industry databases and published-comparable book searches, I'll help you track down the agents to whom you'll submit queries, synopses, and manuscript samples.

How it all works

We start with a 30-minute introductory meeting via phone, or over Skype, FaceTime, or even Google Hangouts. I get to know you and your project. There's a straightforward Services Agreement we complete. You send me a complete file with your work and we establish work and payment schedules and set goals.

The biggest boost to your success will be the investment you make in time to revise after you receive your edit. We'll find practices to keep you creating, too. When you keep working, you are making progress toward completing your book. Finishing School, another workshop service, is a four-week program to discover your habits and align your efforts to achieve completion.