Fiction Editing and Critique Services

Give your book the best chance of success

You've got a finished draft and a big vision - now it's time to get down to the business of publishing. A thorough copyedit or critique clarifies your voice and amplifies the impact of your story. That's where I come in! Whatever your career goals are, I'll help get your book in fighting shape for reaching them.


If you're looking for a traditional publishing deal, a clean manuscript will give you a major edge in the query pile. Even if an agent loves your story, prose in need of polishing often ends up getting a pass. The closer your work is to being publication-perfect, the more likely agents are to snap up your novel (and to champion it in the submission trenches).

For indie authors, editing is a vital step in the process of taking your book from work-in-progress to reader-ready product. All those intense hours of writing can leave mistakes your eye has skimmed a hundred times, or unclear spots that jar readers out of the story. My job is to serve your book and your audience by taking care of problems before they hit Amazon.

My editing approach

I specialize in speculative fiction editing because it's what I love to read. It's also what I love to write. As a fellow wordsmith, I know how helpful good feedback can be - and I know how frustrating it is to work with an overbearing or callous editor. I strive to hit that happy medium where constructive critique meets creative respect. When you hire me, I'll be honest with my suggestions, but I'll always remember that this is your story.

I also start every editing relationship with a free sample. This is the best way for us to see if we'll work well together, and it gives you a chance to ask questions before committing to a full edit.

For more on how I approach my editing services, check out the Bibliomancer Blog.


Services and Packages


A thorough edit for language issues and story errors, including:

  • grammar and syntax

  • small plot holes or inconsistencies

  • distracting prose (sticky wording, stylistic blips, dialogue voice, etc)

  • worldbuilding hiccups (anachronisms, technological or magical terms, etc)

All edits include a style sheet and two read-throughs of the full manuscript. I'm also available for two follow-up emails after the edit is completed.


Fees range from $3.75 - $5.00 per page (industry standard is 250 words per page). Price determined based on a free sample edit.

** To get the most for your money, this service is best for books that have already gone through a beta critique or developmental edit. All major plot, character, and structure revisions should be good to go.**

Manuscript Critique

Editorial feedback to help you identify your book's strengths and eliminate weak points detracting from the story. This level of feedback doesn't include line-by-line editing, although I'll make note of especially awesome prose and places where I get a bit lost. A critique focuses on plot, structure, worldbuilding, and character development, with the goal of preparing the writer for big-picture revisions.

All critiques include a 3 - 5 page editorial letter, as well as some comments within the manuscript.

Fee is $2.00 per page (250 words per page).

** If you return for copyediting after you've revised your book, you'll get a 10% discount for editing services.**

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