Writing is hard. All published writers had help getting there. I’d like to be that help.
I’m obsessed with books and reading, and I also write about books for a living, publish essays, short stories and poems, and teach research and academic writing at the college level. I even work in a bookstore! I surround myself with books all day, every day, and I can’t imagine any other way of living. Let me use my knowledge to help polish and prepare your writing for the next step, whether it’s a novel, a series of poems, an essay, a blog, or a short story.
Novels Short Stories Academic Essays Creative Nonfiction Blogs Newsletters
Query Letter Critique: I’ll revise and provide feedback on your agent query letter, for up to three rounds of revision. $75
First 15 Pages Critique: Most agents will ask you to include the first five to fifteen pages as a sample when you query. I’ll provide both line and developmental edits on the first 15 pages of a manuscript, for up to three rounds of revision, to make these pages as strong as possible. $150
Beta Read: I’ll provide general and honest feedback about what is and isn’t working in your manuscript. No comments as I read, but you’ll receive a 1-2 page summary of my thoughts. $300 for a 300-page manuscript, $50 for a 15-page manuscript.
Sensitivity Read: I can be a sensitivity reader for disability representation. $250 for a 300-page manuscript, $50 for a 15-page manuscript.
Blogs and Newsletters: I can write, proofread, edit, format, find and create images, utilize good SEO practices, or any combination of the above. Prices vary by package and need but are generally between $50 and $300. Discounts for ongoing or bulk work.
Line Edits: I’ll check for spelling, grammar, formatting, and punctuation errors, as well as factual inconsistencies, awkward sentences, redundancies, and overall flow. $900-$1800 for 300-page manuscripts, $50-$150 for 15-page manuscripts (short stories or essays).
Developmental Edits: I’ll provide detailed feedback on all the elements of your writing: plot, characters, depth of research, tone, audience, etc. I’ll give a 2-3 page break down element by element, as well as page by page in-text feedback as I read. $1200-$2400 for 300-page manuscripts. $75-$200 for 15-page manuscripts.
Email me with a 5-page sample for specific pricing. Every piece is different, and some manuscripts will require more work than others. 25% discount for line edits available for writers who first hire me for developmental edits. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Need a sample first? I’ll provide either line edits or developmental edits on the first 5 pages for $20. If you decide you want me to continue, that amount will be subtracted from the overall cost.
Writer Services And Packages
Literary Agent Spreadsheet: Researching agents can be grueling and time-consuming. After an email consultation about your project and needs, I’ll find the best agents to pitch in your genre, and create a spreadsheet outlining their contact information, submission requirements, why I think they’d be a good match, and some of the authors they represent. Let’s find you an agent! $250 for the first 25 agents, $50 for every 10 after.
Short Story/Poetry Markets Spreadsheet: I read short stories and poetry from online publications constantly, and I know from a writer’s perspective it’s difficult to figure out the best places to submit work. After an email consultation about your work and needs, I’ll create a spreadsheet of places to submit your work, providing contact information, submission guidelines, rates, editor names, wait times, and why I think they’d be a good fit. $100 for the first 10, $50 for every 10 after.
Book Submissions Package: This includes the query letter critique, the first 15 pages critique, and the literary agent spreadsheet of 25 agents. Note that the query letter and first 15 pages critiques include three rounds of revision. $450
Short Story/Poetry Submissions Package: This includes a beta read, line edit, and the short story/poetry markets spreadsheet of 10 markets. $200
Note: I cannot guarantee publication or that you’ll be signed by an agent. I’ll do my best to ensure that your manuscript is ready for success, but there’s no way I can guarantee that success. If you’re unhappy with my work, I’ll do everything within my means to rectify the issue.
Margaret researched, composed and assembled a snappy, polished submissions package of my fiction and creative nonfiction writings and manuscript for magazines, competitions and literary agents. I hired Margaret because she’s professional, insightful and organized, and I’ve been pleased beyond belief with her work and the results. I continue to hire her because her work gets results! She’s both creative and logic-minded – a fantastic and hard-to-find combination. – Nina Adel, MA, MFA