SP Critique & Editing Services
SP CRITIQUE & EDITING SERVICES
I can help at any stage in your manuscript's life cycle. Whether you're just starting out as writer, have an agent waiting for a revised manuscript, or are about to self-publish, I tailor each project to meet your editorial needs - from basic proofreading to a First30 (critique of the all-important first 30 pages) to a full-manuscript critique with line edits.
Most of my current clients write young adult/teen, new adult, and adult fiction; I also have experience with short stories, literary fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres. I will also consider business documents.
Please contact me for rates, policies and procedures, and to discuss the scope of your project.
TIER ONE – BASIC EDIT
A Basic Edit approach is a thorough check of spelling, word use (incorrect use, overused words), grammar, and sentence structure. Basic edits do not include comments on content.
TIER TWO – CONTENT EDIT
Content or substantive edits focus solely on story components such as pacing, plot, characterization, setting (world building), story structure, point of view, and other narrative elements. This is a thorough critique that will indicate what works well and offer suggestions for elements that need improvement; it does not include comments on basic edits such as spelling or grammar.
TIER THREE – COMPREHENSIVE EDIT
The Comprehensive Edit is a combination of Tier One and Tier Two edits, a full manuscript critique that will address both level of the word issues and all narrative components. A Comprehensive Edit provides the most thorough and beneficial examination of the manuscript.
First30 – Critique and basic edits for the all important first 30 pages of your manuscript. Not only will this include line level comments and suggestions on word choice, I’ll provide a critique of story elements such as pacing, plot, characterization, structure, and more. Prior to submitting your manuscript, you’ll complete a brief questionnaire so that I have a solid understanding of the story.
Basic Proofreading – For a manuscript that has already been thoroughly edited, proofreading is the final step before self publishing or submitting to agents or editors. This is a thorough check for spelling, misused words, and general, glaring omissions or errors in the text.
Query/Synopsis Critique – Critique and basic edit of your query and/or synopsis.
Multi-Round Editorial Package – includes two or three rounds of editing at discounted rates.
Query/Submission Package – a la carte package to include manuscript, query, and/or synopsis editing at discounted rates. I'll help you put your best foot forward as you query agents and/or editors.
All packages will be customized based on your manuscript and your editing needs. Please email to discuss rates and to build your personalized editing package.
I earned an MFA in Creative Writing, fiction emphasis, from Minnesota State University, Mankato. During that time, I edited and critiqued novels and short stories in workshop settings. Since then, I have worked independently with writers of all levels, as well as small presses. I've critiqued, edited, and/or beta read manuscripts by YA, NA, and adult authors at various stages in their careers.
In addition, I have nearly twenty years' experience writing and editing business documents, including Human Resources policies and procedures, retail standard operating procedures manuals, employee handbooks, newsletters, marketing materials, and much more.
I am currently a member of SCBWI and the Loft Literary Center, am a crew member of the YA Buccaneers, a blog for readers and writers of Young Adult literature, and the Swanky Seventeens, a group of debut Middle Grade and YA authors with novels forthcoming in 2017.
My debut YA novel, THE LAST THING YOU SAID, will be published by ABRAMS - Amulet Books in spring of 2017. Three of my short stories have been published in literary magazines. I am represented by Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency.