Editorial Services for Authors & Illustrators

Whether you are working on your first book or your fiftieth, an editor can help you revise and polish your work until it is as strong as possible. I love collaborating with authors and illustrators, helping to identify a work’s strengths and weaknesses, and ensuring that your vision is shining through from start to finish. If you are interested in working together on your picture book, middle grade, or young adult manuscript, please review the below options, take a look at what others I’ve worked with have said, and reach out via the author and illustrator submissions page. I look forward to talking with you.

After reviewing the materials that an author or illustrator shares with me, I provide a custom quote that takes into account the manuscript length, project scope, schedule, and goals. Standard editorial fees start at $95/hour; flat fees are available in some cases. Depending on the type of project and the editorial services provided, the typical timeline for projects shorter than 75,000 words is around four to six weeks from the date that we begin working together. Have additional questions about timeline, fees, or payments? Please check out the FAQ page.

First Pages Review:

  • Review of: A picture book manuscript, illustrated picture book dummy, or pages from a chapter book, novel, or nonfiction manuscript.
  • You’ll receive: A letter with broad-stroke editorial feedback (approximately 1–2 pages).
  • Recommended for: Authors in the early stages of writing and revising (including authors who have not yet completed a full draft) who are looking for an initial critique of their project, including editorial feedback on the concept, characters, plot, and illustrations (if applicable).
  • Pricing: Please contact me for a custom quote based on your project and goals. As an example, a First Pages Review of 50 pages/12,500 words of a novel typically starts at $570, while a First Pages Review of a picture book manuscript typically starts at $475.

Overview Critique

  • Review of: A full picture book manuscript, illustrated picture book dummy, or a complete chapter book, novel, or nonfiction manuscript.
  • You’ll receive: A letter with broad-stroke editorial feedback (approximately 2–3 pages), followed by a 30-minute phone call or Skype session.
  • Recommended for: Authors in the early stages of revision who are looking for overarching feedback on a work’s strengths and weaknesses, including editorial suggestions on elements such as characters, plot, setting, pacing, and illustrations (if applicable).
  • Pricing: Please contact me for a custom quote based on your project and goals.

Detailed Editorial Letter

  • Review of: A complete chapter book, novel, or nonfiction manuscript.
  • You’ll receive: A letter with broad-stroke and detailed editorial feedback (approximately 4–6 pages), followed by a 30-minute phone call or Skype session.
  • Recommended for: Authors who have completed several rounds of revisions and are looking for thorough feedback on a work’s strengths and weaknesses, including editorial suggestions on elements such as characters, plot, setting, and pacing.
  • Pricing: Please contact me for a custom quote based on your project and goals.

Detailed Editorial Letter with Line Edits

  • Review of: A complete chapter book, novel, or nonfiction manuscript.
  • You’ll receive: A letter with broad-stroke and detailed editorial feedback (approximately 4–6 pages) and editorial comments in the electronic manuscript file, followed by a 30-minute phone call or Skype session.
  • Recommended for: Authors in the final stages of revision who are looking for help polishing the manuscript at the paragraph and sentence level, in addition to thorough feedback on a work’s strengths and weaknesses, including editorial suggestions on elements such as characters, plot, setting, and pacing.
  • Pricing: Please contact me for a custom quote based on your project and goals.

Other Services:

  • Copy review and copywriting: Feedback on query letters, synopses, and other descriptive copy can be included as part of any of the above services, upon request, or as a stand-alone service. Looking for additional support? I also offer copywriting services.
  • Consultation and coaching: If the above options don’t seem quite right for your work, please contact me; I’m happy to discuss other services that might be a better fit for you. I offer email, phone, and Skype consultation and coaching services for authors and illustrators who are interested in discussing general questions about publishing, the children’s and young adult book market, agent and publisher research, and other career, strategy, or writing questions. Ongoing consultation is available for authors and illustrators interested in working together over a longer period of time, whether for editing or for general advice, guidance, and continuing support throughout the writing and publishing process. Consultation and coaching services are offered at a minimum of 4 hours (starting at $380) or can be added to other editorial services.