Greetings, Dear Writer!
Chances are you’ve found this page because, like me, you’re a writer. You’ve been working on a manuscript, pouring your heart and soul into every page … and now you’re at that crucial point where you need a fresh pair of eyes. For many writers, this is the most important part of the process. It’s where you have to make a choice: do you start sending the manuscript out, or do you make the deliberate choice to take your manuscript to an even higher level?
This is where I come in.
What I offer
I take on a very small, select number of writers who are looking for comprehensive feedback on their novel-in-progress. My process includes the following:
- A full read-through with comments.
- Periodic Zoom meetings to discuss each section of the manuscript.
- Brainstorming sessions if needed.
- Consultation for next steps: agent pitching, publisher searches, avoiding scams.
Who I am
I’m a tenured professor of Creative Writing currently teaching in the University of Wisconsin System. I’ve won multiple teaching awards, local and statewide. I utilize these teaching skills whenever I work one-on-one with a writer, honing in on opportunities for improvement. This is the primary reason why my editing service stands out among a sea of professionals: I not only help you revise your manuscript … I also show you how to become a better writer.
What I’ve Accomplished
I have experience with both traditional and self-publishing, as well as multiple genres. My first success came in the form of a self-published YA fantasy series on Kindle. I then began building a successful career in other genres, including both horror and mystery. In 2022, Timber Ghost Press published my horror novel, The Beyond. In 2023, Odyssey Books will be publishing my mystery novel, What the Rain Reveals.
What I Charge
The average fee for a professional editor ranges from $2,000 to $6,000. My fee for a standard manuscript of around 250 double-spaced pages is $2,450. I share this price upfront because I understand that hiring an editor is an investment, and you deserve to know exactly what you’re paying for. The average fee a good editor will charge is between $2,400 and $6,400.
I don’t usually focus much on line editing (unless you really want me to) because it’s not typically the most pressing issue in a manuscript. More importantly, you can get decent line editing and proofreading help by going to Fiverr.com and hiring someone who charges far less per hour than me.
I can always fit in smaller projects, like short stories and novellas. I’m happy to find a half hour or an hour to do a Zoom meeting to provide advice and help with submitting to agents and publishers. Aspiring writers should always have a mentor through this process to avoid getting screwed over. Should you pay a publisher? How many agents should you query? How do you actually promote your book? The answer to these questions can end up saving you a lot of money, time, and mental health.
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What the Rain Reveals – Odyssey Books, 2024
What Doesn’t Kill You – Timber Ghost Press, 2023
The Beyond – Timber Ghost Press, 2022
The Grimm Chronicles – self-published, 2012-2020
Regular contributor – Cemetery Dance Magazine
Past contributor – Suspense Magazine
Regular Contributor – Janefriedman.com
Other Recent Publications:
“1237 Columbus” performed on The No Sleep Podcast
“The Very Counterfeit of Death,” performed on The Wicked Library podcast
“Mile 4” published in Tough Crime Magazine
“Muscle Memory” published in Cobalt Review
“Airless Confinement.” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Summer 2020.
“Corridors.” Portland Review. Spring 2019.
“Miskatonic Faculty Senate Notes.” Grotesque. 2018.
“The Cold Hunt.” Mystery Weekly. 2018.
“Bricks and Mortar.” Akashic Books. 2018.
“Simmer.” The Seventh Wave. 2018.
“Northwoods.” Up North Lit. 2018.
“Finches Will Save This City.” The Manhattanville Review. 2018.
If you would like to receive a free, brief sample edit, please fill out the form below or email me. You can also call me at 414-803-5351.