Introducing Stubby Pencil Critique & Editing Services

Today I'm excited to introduce my latest project: Stubby Pencil Critique & Editing Services.


You've poured your heart and soul into your manuscript.

You've plotted, drafted, revised, and revised again. You've read your manuscript over so many times, you're beginning to doubt your ability to properly construct a sentence - or correctly spell words like doubt or construct. You just can't even look at that document one more time.

You know what I'm talking about.

It's time for some fresh eyes.


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.

At this time, my main focus is teen and new adult fiction, although I will consider literary fiction,  short fiction, and other projects.

Please contact me for rates and to discuss the scope of your project.


My dad Ted was a great guy. He was always ready with a joke or a kind word or a stubby pencil -- because you never know when you might need to mark a measurement or write something down. The stubby pencil fit in his pocket with his loose change and his church key and he always -- always -- had at least one with him.

But the pencil wasn't only for his own use. He offered it to anyone who needed a writing utensil. He became known for having that stubby pencil. His friends and family knew they could count on him -- when they needed a pencil or any help at all.

I can be that guy for you.

Writers need support. Even though the act of writing itself is a (mostly) solitary pursuit, at some point you have to release your work out into the world.  

When you've worn down your own supply of pencils, I'll be ready with mine.

Stubby Pencil Critique & Editing Services: Sharp. Accurate. Reliable.


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. I am currently a member of the MNYA Writers critique group, SCBWI, the Loft Literary Center, and YA Lit Chat. I've critiqued and/or beta read manuscripts by YA authors at various stages in their careers.

In addition, I have more than fifteen 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 have two completed young adult novels, CLOUD 9 and WAITING FOR THE SUN, and two in various stages of revision. Three of my short stories have been published in literary magazines.


To launch my new venture, I am offering an introductory special of 25% off for any project confirmed between now and July 1, 2013.


Please help spread the word! If you or someone you know could benefit from these services, let me know. My rates are competitive and designed to fit your specific needs as a writer.


  1. Sounds like a great new venture.Good luck, Sara!

  2. Best of luck :)

  3. Best of luck with this latest project! I'll tweet for you. :)

  4. Best of luck! It sounds like a very beneficial service.

  5. What an awesome service you've offered up to the writing community! I love the back story about your father, Sara - and I think it makes the perfect name.
    I will definitely help spread the word - I wish you much success with this!

  6. This sounds great. Best of luck with your new venture!

  7. Love the name and the backstory about your dad. I wish you success and happy reading!

  8. What a great idea, Sara! Best of luck with this. :-)

  9. Oh, those edits. What a great service you're providing. Congrats and best of luck.


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