Editing services for
when you're ready to submit
Query letter editing / $149
I will read your query letter and give you thorough query editing notes on voice, tone, content, presentation, and more. I’ll also share my thoughts on your story idea and its chances in the market. A great book starts with a great premise. I will let you know whether or not your story idea–as presented in your query–has the right stuff to stand out in the slush. Query letter editing can be your magic bullet.
Query letter and Synopsis editing / $249
The service described above but with additional notes on a synopsis of up to four double-spaced pages.
Submission Package Editing / $499
You can still benefit from my developmental editing guidance even if you don’t invest in a partial or full manuscript edit. I’m more than happy to comment on your submission package with the same level of detail, and here’s why: When I was agenting, 100% of my decisions were made while reading the initial query and ten pages. I had no bandwidth to read to page 50 in the hopes that “it gets really good later.” Don’t sabotage all of your hard work with an ineffective sample. With this edit, you’ll learn how to make your novel opening as strong as possible. A query, short synopsis, and ten pages of prose is the standard submission that most agents and editors request. For our purposes, this length of sample is also enough for me to get a sense of your writing strengths and challenges. I will read the first ten pages of your work and critique the writing, the scene work, the dialogue, the action, the pacing, the “promise of the novel” (this is very important, yet few writers ever think about it), the characters, and more. Your Submission Package Edit will include a line edit, actionable advice, feedback on your writing, and thoughts on what’s going through my mind as you begin your story. With my notes, you’ll have the confidence and know-how to make your work shine throughout.
The above editorial services are for novels only. Please see the Picture Book page if you're writing for younger readers.
Book Proposal Edit / $399 and up
If you’re writing a book proposal for a nonfiction or narrative nonfiction project, I’m happy to advise on your proposed book. Usually, memoirs and nonfiction are sold on proposal (though this can sometimes vary with debut writers). The proposal is a standard document that includes a pitch for your book, audience, marketing, competitive title, and biographical information, and a chapter outline. Sample chapters and a query letter usually complete the package. My book proposal edit pricing is based on double-spaced pages included in your proposal. For a proposal of 15 double-spaced pages or fewer, I charge $399 for comprehensive notes on all of the materials included (this covers those sample pages and the query as well). For up to 25 double-spaced pages, the charge is $599, and for 35 double-spaced pages, the cost goes is $749. For longer book proposal documents, please inquire for a custom quote. You can learn more about how to write a book proposal and sell your project here.