Whatever your goal—prepping a manuscript for publication, submission to literary agents or publishers, or self-publishing—I can help you get there.
I offer Developmental, Copy & Line Editing for fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, collections & anthologies. Simply choose the package you want from the menu below, or contact me for more information.
The Magic Word Editing Co. offers a full range of editorial and e-book design services for fiction and nonfiction authors, science and academic writers, and small businesses.
Transformation is the focus of my editorial process.
Throughout our collaboration, I'll encourage you to reach your goals in the way that is the most useful and meaningful to your creative vision, while also serving readers and publishers by shaping a raw manuscript into effective and powerful vehicle for its story. Whatever your goal—prepping a manuscript for publication, submission to literary agents or publishers, or self-publishing—a concise and thorough edit ensures that your work represents the apex of your talents. It’s my hope that my clients will be inspired and empowered to use the skills learned through our process to write works which are a dynamic, exploratory force for social, personal and artistic communication. Tell me about your book, your stumbling blocks and your goals. Let me help you make your story the best it can be!
Includes a 30-minute introductory Skype call to discuss your project, two reads, corrections and comments within the manuscript, and a substantive and thoughtful critique (overall structural analysis; feedback on categories listed below; discussion on how you tell your story, its relationship to wider ideas; how your work connects to and communicates with readers). When working with you to clarify and strengthen your manuscript, I'll focus on the following:
- Narrative structure (overall and scene-by-scene)
- Pacing and tension
- Plot & subplots
- Characters and dialogue
- Narrative voice, POV and tone
- Theme and setting
- Writing conventions (sentence structure, vocabulary & word usage, grammar and punctuation)
- and more!
Include two reads, corrections and comments within the manuscript, and overall feedback on writing conventions.
Gifts & Challenges
Every editing project is accompanied by a personal letter detailing your natural gifts as a storyteller, what shines through most brightly and can be sourced as a strength, as well as potential craft-related challenges that may require refining to propel you to the next level of accomplishment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of feedback do you provide?
That depends on the type of editing your manuscript requires and your vision for the finished product. Before beginning an editing project, we'll connect via phone, Skype or email to discuss your needs, your ideas and how we can best help you shape your manuscript. When your project is complete, I'll provide a personal summary of your gifts and strengths as a writer, as well as your areas of challenge. This allows you to gain an editorial and creative overview of your talents and abilities so that you can refine what works while continuing to improve your skills. FYI, I use Track Changes in MS Word, which incorporates corrections and notes/comments. On the occasion that we work from a printed document, I'll include a page that explains standardized editorial marks.
How long will it take to edit my project?
Turn-around times vary depending on the length and scope of your project.
How much do you charge?
Rates vary depending on word count, your needs and how much editorial support your manuscript requires.
If you're just looking for some overall guidance on strengthening your manuscript prior to submission, For $500, I provide an overview that
Tell me about your project, and I'll be happy to provide a services quote. MWECo also offers bundled editorial packages, which makes it even easier to prepare your book, article, essay, academic paper or e-book for the next steps of submission.
About me: Alongside my own writing career, I've spent many years nurturing creative writers and journalists in supporting their vision and refining their talent. I'm a highly experienced editor with over a decade of experience in print and digital publication management. Alongside my own award-winning writing career (I've published three novels and numerous shorter works), I've taught creative writing to adults, seniors and high schoolers, and English Composition to adult ESL students around the world. As a writer and manager, I've also supported corporations and small business owners in industries ranging from publishing, health & wellness, commercial real estate, HR staffing and personal coaching.