An edit provides feedback that will equip you to reimagine your novel, stories, or work of narrative nonfiction—and to revise with clarity and energy.
We approach reading with openness and alertness. We go into an edit with all senses alive to possibility, and to noticing where we stumble or hesitate. We zero in on what is most relevant to the work now, and with a view to what might be needed in the future, through successive revisions.
We consider the work’s intention and execution in terms of large-scale elements such as structure, concept, drama, development of ideas, pacing, momentum, character, voice, and dialogue. And we examine the writing line by line, considering how its broader intentions are expressed in details such as language use, clarity, cadence, and flow.
In our notes, we aim to reflect back to you a sense of what is happening on the page—a sense of what is working and what is not.
To learn more about our sensibilities as editors—how we see the work we do together and with you—check out a blog post.
A mentorship is an ongoing one-on-one relationship between writer and editor. The exchange might involve discussions about process, skills coaching, and assessments of your writing as it evolves.
We work with you in the way that best suits your process and pace. You might find it useful to have conversations about the questions that arise in the course of your exploration or revision, or you might prefer to check in at regular intervals about the work you have produced. We want to help you exploit the strategies that most benefit you and your project.