Editing Services

I am a Developmental Editor. I unearth your magic and help make your story better, wherever you are in the process. I do everything - developmental, copyediting, proofing - because that’s how I like it. Butcher. Baker. Candlestick Maker. All in One.

MOST POPULAR! Custom Editorial Development for Entrepreneurs

This is best for thinkers, creators, providers, and experts who have developed content or a business that is ready to have an accompanying book. Your book is ready to be written. You need a partner to guide and focus your efforts and to corral your time on the most productive result: A Manuscript. A Proposal. A Query. You are a STAR, and I am here to magnify your glow. I clear the path for you to land your message, emphasize content that matters, and bolster content that needs more umphh. We follow a workflow and flex when it's needed. Includes:3 strategic brainstorming 90-minute sessions, one-on-one with Allison. Includes:​

  • Twelve 60-minute calls (weekly) with developmental guidance and operational guideposts

  • Allison’s assessment and review of all your content, with suggestions on capturing and sharing your message with your audience, positioning your relevance, and building your content to distinguish it in the marketplace. Editing not included

  • Allison's templates for Manuscripts & Proposals & Queries, customized for your project -- saving you from hours of unproductive time and tearful technology tantrums.

  • Allison's guidance in researching agents, successful peers, market, audience, and more.

  • Allison's favorite timehacks on querying, agents, podcasts, influencers, software, apps, movers/shakers, social media, PR, speaking, repurposing your content, submitting articles based on your book content, and way more. 

  • EXTRAS: Develop Your Query and Identify 5 Agents to Query. We build your query during this process. I read your query draft and give you thorough editing notes on voice, tone, content, presentation, and more. I offer suggestions on the ever-elusive "billed as" peer comparison to clutch the attention of agents and publishers. 

  • A cheerleader for you and your MAGIC, throughout and beyond

  • $1750 x 3 months. (10 hours per month. My fee is $175/hour.)

1-Hour Consult

Big Impact, Small Investment. You get my expertise, my focus, and my best counsel on what's eating you. Most Popular: > How to Turn Your Message into a Blog or Article. Where and How to pitch your article. How to Capture your Flow, and get the most productivity out of your time. How to Craft the Proposal that will Sell. How to Sculpt the Agent Query that will Capture the Attention and Heart of the Agent. How to Find the Best Comps for your Query and Proposal. $175/hour

Manuscript Editing

Critique & Reader Report. 

You get my loving guidance with just a portion of the full investment. Most agents admit they need to fall in love with the one-page query and maybe the first 10 pages. Most receive 150 queries each week, so you can imagine they are uber-efficient with their time. You must lasso their hearts, fast. Ten seconds, and BAM! I’ll reach your entire manuscript, give you notes on the strong elements and which parts need bolstering. I'll also help you feel confident that your first 10 pages are particularly magnetic.
$1750 (This takes me about 10 hours. My fee is $175/hour.)

100-Page Review.

I’ll read your manuscript and offer my general overview, as well as give you specific suggestions on every page. E.g. On page 148, you’ve used superlatives to skim through setting the stage when on page 39, you described the rotating hum of the overhead fan in a way that allows the reader to feel how empty the room had become. On page 22, the expert source lacks credibility because her research foundation accepted donations from a pharmaceutical company. I point you toward the bumps so you can address them. 
$2100 (This takes me about 12 hours. My fee is $175/hour.)

Full Manuscript Line-By-Line Edit.

We go DEEP. You double down, I ante up. We are forever entwined in the author-editor relationship. I edit the manuscript top-to-bottom. I read your manuscript and give a full critique of its strengths and weaknesses. I’ll share the big impacts you can make during revisions. I’ll help you sharpen your message and smooth the flow so it feels intuitive for the readers. I'll direct you on how to grab attention. Even in non-fiction, this includes plotting, dialogue, character builds, and similar areas. Some characters may suck eggs and need the compost heap, others may need more pizzazz. I may focus on a particular page by directing you to speed up the dialogue or spend more time setting the mood. I’ll be kind and clear. I’ll share an overview from 5-10 pages. 

$3850. (This takes me about 22 hours. My fee is $175/hour.)

Book Proposals

Critique

I read and review your proposal and offer input in 2-3 pages of suggestions to strengthen your intent, your hook, your overview, your marketing plan, the format, the design and the like. This excludes line-by-line edits. $700. (This takes me 4 hours. My fee is $175/hour.)

Proposal Heavy Edit

Your submission package gets my love and attention, with just a portion of the full investment. I help tee up the why of your story in delicious and digestible bites. You’ll want to ensure your 10 pages are sticky with sparkle. I also read the first 10 pages of your work and offer constructive steps to strengthen your scenes, brighten the dialogue, and energize the pacing. Includes a line edit, actions, and guidance, feedback – always kind and clear. $1050. (This takes me 6 hours. My fee is $175/hour.)

Full Edit

As above, you get a heavy edit, plus developmental notes which are my readerly gut thoughts that give you the resolve and clear path to make your work whistle. You'll get line-edits and input on every page. Choose one or all of the delivery options: tracked changes and comments; comments only; and clean document. Up to 40 pages, including sample pages and the query. $2450. (This takes me 14 hours. My fee is $175/hour.)

From Scratch

Fees start at $9000. Entirely on the state of the concept and manuscript. 

Writing Your Manuscript or Proposal

This is my wheelhouse. I only do this when I connect with you and your story. When it's a fit, we know right away. Like mint and chocolate. You need a partner to guide and focus your efforts and to corral your time on the most productive result: A Manuscript. A Proposal. A Query. You are a STAR, and I am here to magnify your glow. I clear the path for you to land your message, emphasize content that matters, and bolster content that needs more umphh. We follow a workflow and flex when it's needed. Includes:

  • 3 strategic brainstorming 90-minute sessions, one-on-one with Allison

  • Twelve 60-minute calls (weekly) with developmental guidance and operational guideposts

  • Allison’s assessment and review of all your content, with suggestions on capturing and sharing your message with your audience, positioning your relevance, and building your content to distinguish it in the marketplace. Editing not included

  • Allison's templates for Manuscripts & Proposals, customized for your project -- saving you from hours of unproductive time and tearful technology tantrums.

  • Allison's guidance in researching agents, successful peers, market, audience, and more.

  • Allison's favorite timehacks on querying, agents, podcasts, influencers, software, apps, movers/shakers, social media, PR, speaking, repurposing your content, submitting articles based on your book content, and way more. 

  • A cheerleader for you and your MAGIC, throughout and beyond

  • $1750 x 3 months. (10 hours per month. My fee is $175/hour.)