Do you have a novel or short story that requires honest, quality, and intensive feedback? Have you edited your manuscript to the best of your ability, but still feel the need for external input? Then now might be the right time for you to consider developmental editing.
The edit is provided in two parts: in-line commentary and a 1-2 page summary following the extract.
The in-line commentary is provided to give an idea of what is working well, what is eliciting strong emotions, and how the story is impacting a reader’s experience. It is also a chance for you to see questions, observations, and areas for improvement.
The summary will give an overarching view on the plot and structure of the piece, with areas that could be tightened, clarified or strengthened. Pacing will be addressed through the assessment of story elements. Areas that need to meet these plot points will be examined in detail.
The edit costs .05¢ per word and there is a minimum word count of 10,000 words per submission.
Short stories and flash fiction may be submitted up to 7,500 words for a reduced rate of .03¢ per word. There is no minimum word count for this category.
An additional Zoom Q+A is available for purchase to further discuss edits, hook, and plot. Please express your interest in your submission for further details and pricing.
I encourage you to seek as many beta readers, friends, and free resources as you can before seeking any paid services. If you find you’ve edited your piece to the best of your ability and have expended all the avenues at your disposal but still require additional feedback, then this is the right time for you. Whether you are seeking traditional publishing or submitting to a literary magazine, I want to help your story be as polished as possible.
Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester, 2021
Brink Literacy Project's Publishing Internship, 2023
Currently acting as Junior editor for F(r)iction
Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate, 2019
Over 6 years of teaching experience
During my career, I have been reading and editing writing as an ESL educator, anthology proofreader, magazine submission reader, and creative writing beta reader. While I am confident with works in translation, my edits should be used to craft story arcs and character development, not for final proofreading.
Please note, that I do not provide edits for the following genres and content:
Work that is homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, sexist, racist, or intolerant in any way
Please only upload word documents
12 point font (Times New Roman preferred)
Page numbers in bottom right corner
Header in top left should include: Your Name (or pen name), the title of your piece, and word count - divided by underscores. For example: Daniela Rodríguez_The Story of Stories_Wordcount: 10,001
All works submitted for editing retain the rights and privileges of the original author and will not be shared, published, or promoted by the editor.
TURN AROUND TIME + PAYMENT
Payments can be made via PayPal and exact costs will be finalized after submitting the manuscript. Once payment is received, the writer can expect to receive feedback within 4-6 weeks (subject to the wordcount submitted).
"Haley sees both the small details and the big picture, so she offers advice that not only addresses the niggly bits, but helps give the whole work better clarity. Incredibly valuable."