MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE. This is an excellent starting place. An editor will read your manuscript and send you a two-to-four page single-spaced feedback letter packed with practical advice you can apply toward your revision. Each critique includes a phone call or video chat with your editor so you can discuss the review.

What you can expect: Broad feedback on the book’s overall structure and tips on how well you’ve deployed craft elements, such as plot, pacing, and narrative voice. Your editor will give examples from the text to clarify her feedback and offer practical suggestions for next steps. Don’t expect the editor to do a line edit or a developmental edit - you'll find that in the comprehensive edit.

Best for: The point-me-in-the-right-direction writer. Writers who have finished a manuscript draft and would like guidance and clear direction on next steps. It’s also a solid value for writers with a small budget but big dreams.

COMPREHENSIVE EDIT. Evaluating a book’s content and structure is at the heart of a comprehensive edit, which also includes a line edit and copyedit. Before turning it over to you we'll review the proposed changes in a phone or video meeting. Of all our editorial services, this one, our full monty, is the most collaborative.

What you can expect: Working closely with your editor to deconstruct your book’s infrastructure, identify its foundational parts, and build narrative pacing with a tighter frame and a consistent voice. Concepts covered include identifying your central question, dramatic arc, and major themes.

Best for: Writers who have completed a manuscript or accumulated a wealth of material and want an editor’s guidance on how to mold their material into a book. Especially good for those who are deep in the writing forest and have lost sight of the proverbial trees.

LINE EDIT. During a line edit, the editor keeps one eye on the book’s sweeping narrative arc and the other on sentence-by-sentence craft elements. It's usually done as part of a comprehensive edit. Consider line editing a deep clean for your manuscript.

What you can expect: To walk away with a detailed list of actionable to-dos aimed at strengthening and tightening your prose. You’ll benefit most if you come to your line edit with a willingness to hear feedback as critique, not criticism.

Best for: Writers who have a solid manuscript draft and want expert advice on how to take it to the next level. In the past, this kind of editorial heavy lifting was done by editors at publishing houses. Today, those folks don’t have time to fix the broken bits in your manuscript. They want writers to arrive with clean, cohesive, well-crafted prose. That’s a tall order. Let us help.
COACHING. Guidance on how to build a book from an idea to an outline to a fully developed manuscript. You’ll work closely with your editor to map out a book-building program, which typically run from 6 months to a year long.

What you can expect: Weekly or monthly goal setting, feedback sessions, and check-ins, which might include scene-writing and character development exercises. You and your editor will set the terms, including how long you want to give yourself to finish your book.

Best for: Novice writers, who want input on tap as they put their ideas to paper. More experienced writers, who have an early-stage manuscript and want one-one-one support throughout the revision process. Even professional writers benefit from working closely with a trusted editor who will set deadlines, get to know your work inside and out, and offer enough friendly accountability to keep your butt in the chair.
COPYEDIT. A word-by-word edit with the editor’s eye trained on grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics of style. A copyedit is the final spit shine.

What to expect: Guidance on achieving consistent, clear, jargon-free prose. Don’t expect feedback on content or structure.

Best for: Any writer about to hit “send.” Just as you wouldn’t go to a job interview half-dressed, you shouldn’t send a manuscript rife with typos and punctuation errors. A professional copyedit shows that you take your writing seriously. It's also absolutely necessary before turning your manuscript over to be designed.