If you have any questions or you’re interested in something you don’t see listed, contact Jen to discuss your project.
Once you’re ready to pitch your book to an agent, you’ll want to write a query letter. A query letter is a single page cover letter that describes your book (with a hook and brief synopsis), you, and your previous work (if any). Jen will read your manuscript at least twice and then review your letter, offering substantial critical analysis.
Copy editing is a detailed review of a manuscript (or essay, or any written piece) that focuses on correcting errors (including spelling, usage, grammar, and punctuation), improving style, correcting inconsistencies, simplifying complex passages, and rearranging content. Copy editing is generally conducted on light, medium, or heavy levels.
- Light copy editing usually includes correcting faulty spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation, as well as checking specific cross-references. It’s a very basic, cursory read.
- Medium copy editing includes the above tasks as well as editing for parallel speech, checking idioms, ensuring chapter heads reflect content, enforcing consistent style and tone, flagging awkward passages, and tracking continuity of plot/setting/character traits.
- Heavy copy editing includes the tasks described above but also includes significant editing to eliminate wordiness, suggesting and implementing additions and deletions, and smoothing transitions.
Developmental Editing (or Line Editing)
Developmental editing is a detailed review that focuses on plot, pacing, character development, and narrative arc. This form of editing may focus less on typical copy editing concerns such as grammar and punctuation and more on how you can actually improve your story.
A reader’s report, or overall critique, is a detailed report that’s written after at least two passes through your manuscript. This report explains the strengths and weaknesses of your piece and may include marketing suggestions. No marks will be made on your manuscript.