Fiction Editing for Visionary Storytellers
Hone your authentic voice and fine-tune your narrative
You've got a finished draft and an end goal for your book - now it's time to bring the manuscript in line with your vision. I'll support your editing process by identifying what's working and what's pulling readers out of the story. Depending on your needs, we might work through a developmental edit to streamline the book's structure and expand character arcs. Or we may opt for a thorough copyedit to clarify and amplify your language.
All great speculative fiction takes readers somewhere new, immersive, and compelling. My job is to bring a fresh viewpoint to your book, working with you to fully illuminate the most powerful elements of the narrative. I'll also help you discover the underlying strengths of your creative perspective, giving you tools to hone your craft.
In addition to developing your authentic voice, craft-focused editing gets you closer to your career goals. If you're looking for a traditional publishing deal, a clean, developed manuscript will give you a major edge in the query pile. And for indie authors, editing is a vital step in the process of taking your book from work-in-progress to reader-ready product.
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.