Before I began building my list of clients as a literary agent, I worked as an academic editor, a teacher, and a freelance book editor. I also write fiction and have had three novels published under a pen name.
As an agent, I get many query letters each day. When a query stands out from the crowd because both the premise and writing are intriguing and make me want to keep reading, I’ll request the full manuscript. When I fall in love with a manuscript enough to offer to represent it, there are almost always elements that still need to be worked on before the manuscript is ready to submit to editors. I provide detailed feedback to my clients about the areas of their manuscripts that need to be addressed and improved on. I work with my clients to thoroughly edit each manuscript so it’s as good and as polished as it can be before it is submitted to publishers.
I also offer this service to editorial clients, for writers who are ready for informed, thorough feedback as they prepare to submit their work to industry professionals.
WHAT I OFFER:
Query letter and first ten pages: Critique and edit
I'll offer feedback about how to improve and polish your query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript. I'll make sure you're presenting a concise, well-constructed, error-free query letter. I'll offer suggestions about how to improve your pitch and the opening pages of your manuscript.
Clean, well-presented work stands out from the crowd. $120
I'll read your manuscript, making comments throughout, using track changes. I'll comment on inconsistencies, problems with continuity, and other developmental and structural suggestions that arise. I'll provide a 1-2 page report highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of your book, including feedback on plot, pacing, structure, voice, style, and character development. I'll let you know what I think works and what needs attention. I'll offer my opinion about the marketability of your project.
Up to 80,000 words: $650; 80,000 to 110,000 words: $750
To find out more:
Most of my time is dedicated to the work I do as a literary agent, so I can only take on select editorial projects.
I use PayPal. I ask for the first half up front and the second half when my editorial clients are 100% satisfied with the service.
Please note that the editorial services outlined on this page are separate to my services as a literary agent.
If you’d like to query me, click here.