As The Unkind Editor, I can help you get to one of two destinations:
A tight, well-written and compelling manuscript, an excellent query letter, and a better-than-average shot at agent representation and traditional publication;
An impeccably proofread, beautiful-to-look-at, well-written book you will be proud to self-publish and share with friends and strangers alike.
It will take longer than you think.
It will cost more than you are planning.
I provide developmental editing, line editing, manuscript evaluations and writer coaching. After a sample edit of your writing and a preliminary consultation to determine your goals, we'll choose which type(s) of editing will best help your work. If you're finalizing a manuscript, I can coordinate beta readers and help you determine what feedback is most useful and how to implement it, as well as helping fine-tune your query and begin the query process.
For essayists and humor writers, we'll work together to identify where your work fits and craft pieces with specific publications in mind.
After six previous rejections, McSweeneys is taking the Haggadah!!!!! I’m beyond thrilled! It sounds cliche but I couldn’t have done this without your help over these last few months. Truly. Your impact on my writing has been “YUUUGE!”
~Terry Heyman, essayist and comedy writer
~Ellen Gemme, memoirist
OMG I LOVE BEING EDITED!!!! ...once I understood the overall trajectory it was like, oh! I have a puzzle now! Without an editor I'm putting it together knowing it's a picture of a cat but I don't have a visual on the end product. WITH AN EDITOR I HAVE THE BOX COVER!!!!
~Erin Clark, essayist
To my editor, thank you, thank you, thank you. There are editors and then there is The Unkind Editor. Your insight and expertise not only made my book stronger, but also made me a better writer.
~A. K. Mills, novelist