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Are you looking for an agent? Are you preparing to launch your book yourself?

You might know your manuscript inside and out, but what you can’t see is the effect your work has on a reader: how it makes them feel.

Your friends can’t tell you if your book works, your spouse can’t tell you, your parents can’t tell you, not even your writing group or workshop members can tell you. Everybody’s seen what you put into it; everybody wants it to work.

A close reading by a blunt and kindly writer/editor is the best thing that can happen to your work. This is the single most important service I provide. I’m your reader, I’m an editor, and I’m a writer myself. I can identify where your manuscript needs work to create a compelling, riveting, can’t-put-it-down book.

I’ve edited literary and commercial fiction (including thrillers, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, historical, middle grade, young adult, romance and erotica), memoirs, short stories and plays.

For help in deciding what type of edit your manuscript needs, see Services. For a free sample edit, see Sample Edit. For nice comments about my work, see Testimonials. And for thoughts and tips on editing, see Posts.

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