Are you looking for a literary 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 edit literary and commercial fiction across genres and categories, including speculative, historical, mystery, and romance; young adult, middle grade. I also edit short stories and plays. In nonfiction, I edit memoir and other types of life writing, how-to books, and transformational self help.

My clients have gone on to get agents, achieve traditional publication, self-publish successfully, and win awards.

As a writer myself, I’ve been on both sides of the editorial exchange and I know that good editing can make a profound difference to a writer’s life. I have an MFA in Writing from Pacific University and have been editing professionally since 2010.

Learn more about my editorial services at LucidEdit.com.

Read more about types of editing here (Lucid Edit) and here (Northwest Editors Guild).

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