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You’ve finished a manuscript! That’s no small feat. Now it’s time to make it into something more.
EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT

An analysis of the novel’s first 5,000 words or the equivalent amount of planning materials.

MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION

An editorial letter addressing macro-level issues of structure, plot, and characterization.

SUBSTANTIVE EDIT

A comprehensive edit with marginal notes to help guide the revision process.

Portfolio

In case you wanted to take a look at other books I've worked on. Not listed are the unpublished works by private clients, novels from traditional presses whose covers haven't been revealed, and works outside the speculative fiction genres.

Here's how it'll go down:

Hit me up.

 

Fill out the quotes form, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. We’ll chat via email, and when you’re ready to move forward, I’ll send you a proposal.

1.

Send me the goods.

 

I can’t get to work without the pages! Remember to attach the document as a Microsoft Word file in standard manuscript format (12pt Times New Roman, double spaced). If you need help, don’t worry! That’s what I’m here for.

2.

Pay the deposit.

 

After you pay the 25% deposit, I’ll secure your slot in the schedule. Then I’ll send an onboarding questionnaire, asking what you love about your story and what you think can be improved. Take your time with it!

3.

Patience.

 

Sit back and relax. I’ll email you once I start editing, but you’re free to ask me questions in the meantime. When I’m finished, I’ll deliver the manuscript and editorial letter to you via email. Your final payment will be due within five days of delivery.

4.

Any questions?

What do you do, again?

 

At Crit & Pen, I specialize in developmentally editing YA fantasy novels. That’s big-picture stuff: story, plot, structure, character, worldbuilding, theme, and so forth.

Do you edit other genres?

 

I have experience with thrillers, romances, and women’s fiction, but YA fantasy is my wheelhouse, so I prefer fantasy projects. I love a good romance fantasy, though!

What about Sci-Fi/Steampunk/New Weird/Magical Realism?

 

Does it have monsters? Fantastical gadgets? General whimsy or strange? Count me in, as long as it’s not too technical. I love working with science fantasy and dystopian worlds, but hard sci-fi isn’t my cuppa.

I want to get traditionally published. Will you edit my book?

 

I work primarily with indie authors, but I would be happy to help. Keep in mind that editing isn’t necessary to publish your book with a traditional publisher (that’s what in-house editors are for), so my services are more tailored toward those interested in self-publishing. If you’re interested in honing your craft before querying, make sure to take a look at The Trove for free worksheets and resources. And stay tuned for future courses!

 

How do I know we’re a good fit? Can I have a sample edit?

 

Sure! I’ll analyze up to 500 words, free of charge. That way, you’ll experience my style of feedback, and we can both determine whether we’ll work well together.

 

But why do I even need developmental editing?

 

I’ll let you in on a little secret: Before every quality book on your bookshelf hit the presses (yes, even That One by That Author), an editor had their hands on it.

You know your story best, and that makes it hard to look at your work objectively. My role is the unbiased advisor, helping you to make your good story into a great one.

You’ll be in good company, too. Everyone from J.K. Rowling to Neil Gaiman has an editor! Request a quote today, and I can be yours.

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