I’m really super excited to be able to run this sale. The first writer I ever mentored was for a middle grade book that’s coming out in three months from today! To celebrate, I’m offering full manuscript edits for ANY middle grade book at a 50% discount. Don’t have a middle grade manuscript? I’m offering any partial edit at 33% off for every age category.
What I do:
I can help you polish your manuscript and get it publication-ready. I work on big-picture issues, such as goal, motivation, conflict, character development and growth, plot structure, tension, and stakes. But I don’t just spot these problems, I also offer ideas on how to fix them, so that when you send your book to an agent or editor, it’s the best it can be.
The discount runs for this week only, meaning there are ten spots available. These spots typically go pretty quickly, so if you want one, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
A bit about me:
I’m an assistant editor at Entangled publishing, working with Stacy Abrams, where I help make writer’s dreams come true. Some of the books I assisted with at Entangled include:
- Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga (July 2018)
- Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell (March 2017)
- Playing Her Secret Crush by Casey Griffin (2018)
- Hiding Lies by Julie Cross (2018)
I’ve also been a PitchWars mentor, where I worked with promising writers to make their manuscripts shine. One of my mentees recently signed a two-book deal with Liz Pelletier at Entangled Teen. The mentee whose book is coming out in three (!!!) months sold his book to Candlewick Press. You can add it on Goodreads here!
Testimonials and a full list of my editing services are below!
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)
Judi is an extremely talented editor. She has an almost eerie knack for knowing what edits will make a book stronger. When I received my edit letter, I was amazed by how on point all her suggestions were. Things I hadn’t even considered suddenly made so much sense, and I couldn’t imagine my book without her great ideas being included. She doesn’t force any of her suggestions on you, but they’re so good that you’ll most likely want to use them all anyway. She won’t shy away from telling you what isn’t working, but she’ll also praise what is working so much you’ll be blushing behind your computer screen. She taught me so much, not just about my novel, but about writing and revising overall, and that’s knowledge I have under my belt now for future projects. I’m genuinely so happy I got to work with her and build a relationship with her not just as her mentee but as a friend. She helped me find my enthusiasm for reading and writing again, and when someone believes in you as much as she does, it’s impossible to give up.
-Danielle Thurby (2017 Pitch Wars Mentee)
Partial MS Edits:
Query Edit-$35 (Sale Price: $23)
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 (Sale Price: $40)
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 (Sale Price: $62)
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 (Sale Price: $137.50)
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 (Sale Price: $275)
If you’d like this full MS edit WITHOUT the query and synopsis, I offer that for $420 (Sale Price: $210).
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.