I’ve been editing and working with writers for over eight years. I work as an assistant editor at Entangled Publishing, where I also worked as a proofreader and copy editor. I previously worked as a PitchWars mentor.
Want a sample? I’ll edit the first five pages of your manuscript for free when you send them to me (no commitment required). If you don’t see a package you’re looking for today, contact me. I customize many edits for clients.
I’ve helped many writers on their journey toward publication. These are a few of them:
Judi was amazing at seeing where I needed to develop on big picture area (character development, theme), the craft of my words (I think she had ‘show, don’t tell’ pasted on repeat) to mechanics of the English language. My manuscript wouldn’t be what it is today without her help.
-Adam Schmitt (Author of SPEECHLESS, Candlewick Press, 2018)
The best thing I ever did was submit my ms to Judi during Pitch Wars! She took my work on outside of the contest, something I never expected and fully appreciated! Judi has an eye for plot and character, and she really helped dig into my ms and find exactly what I couldn’t see. Working with her was an amazing experience, and she truly loves helping writers become stronger. I recommend her services to everyone!
-Lynn Vroman (represented by MacKenzie Fraser-Bub of Fraser-Bub Lit)
I was the lucky winner of a query critique from Judi in February. After incorporating her suggestions, I entered #p2p16 in March. I was thrilled to receive partial requests from two editors! My query is receiving attention now, and I feel like I’m getting closer to my dream of getting published! Thanks so much to Judi for her insight and generosity!
Partial MS Edits:
Working on queries is one of my favorite parts of editing. It’s the first thing an agent or editor will see, and it’s incredibly important that you’re not missing anything crucial. For this service, I’ll go through your query, including bio, and give suggestions on where to cut or add, and also what might be missing. I work with the voice, stakes, motivations, goals, and more, making sure they get into the query.
Query and First Chapter Edit-$60
Along with edits on your query, this package includes your first chapter too. If you’re getting a lot of rejections on the querying front, it may be time to get feedback on the query and first chapter. With this, I’ll be able to give you insight on what might be the reason behind rejections.
Query and First 50 Edit – $95
Many major problems of manuscripts can be caught in the first fifty or so pages. I offer critique and editing on your query and first 50 pages.
For this, I read over both and make suggestions on what to cut and what to add, where you need to up the tension, input on your characters’ overall goals, motivations, and conflict. I also proofread during this process, looking for typos or any other grammatical errors.
Full MS Edits:
Edit Letter Only — $275
If you’re seeking edits on plot, characters, goal/motivation/conflict, tension, dialogue, and more, this service focuses on the big picture. My edit letters outline your strengths and weaknesses, as well as ideas on how to fix them. My edit letters are usually between 4-7 pages in length, but may be longer depending on the shape your book is in.
This service doesn’t include in-line comments in the MS.
Submission Package — $550
If you’d like this full MS edit WITHOUT the query and synopsis, I offer that for $420.
For those looking for the whole package critique: query, synopsis, edit letter, and in-line comments, I have a submission package.
I will read the manuscript over once for content editing, where I’ll make in-line comments and suggestions. I will also work on the query and synopsis.
This submission package doesn’t focus on grammatical errors. The main focus of edits is to be certain your plot is structured, your characters are three-dimensional, and your dialogue is fresh. During an edit and critique, I focus primarily on your story and making sure it’s the best it can be before you start sending it out.
This edit will contain an edit letter, usually between 4-7 pages where I will detail some of the bigger problems the story has and some thoughts on how to fix them.
The overall thoughts focus on whether or not your story holds attention, where things can be cut or added, and suggestions for how to make the manuscript tighter.
If you’d like to use me for proofreading or copyediting afterwards, you’ll be given a discount.
I charge $550 for manuscripts between 50,000 and 80,000 words. If you have a manuscript that’s shorter or longer, you can email me for a custom quote.
Ready to discuss your project? Email me here.