Novel Editing and Publication Support
have an experienced editor prepare your work (and you) for publication
Novel Writing Coaching & Novel Editing Services
Finish Your Novel & Publication Support
A professional editor’s acumen and skill will help you take your literary vision and refine your novel draft for publication.
Part sculptor, part visionary, and all language expert, our novel editors collaborate with authors to provide direction with revision, editing, and novel proofreading services. When your novel is complete, our expert publication advice and support will serve as a guide as you consider self-publishing, traditional publishing, or look for a literary agent.
Knowing you’re supported at every turn will make you feel more confident, powerful, and prepared for getting your work out in the world.
You Have a Finished (or “Finished”) Novel Draft: Now What?
If you have finished your early novel draft, you’re ready to get sharp, smart, and focused support from a writing coach and editor. Collaborate with us and you will feel confident you’re going to streamline your revision process and soon have a publishable book.
Writing the early draft is pure creative flow. Once you have a novel draft, you are required to entirely change gears and become your own editor, re-seeing the draft anew and attending to the book’s structure, pacing, and overall purpose all the way through character development to language use. This tactical approach to writing the book can feel lawless and downright hard.
Our coaches and editors are trained in the art of seeing the big picture and either collaboratively or on your behalf refining the book with your voice and purpose in mind.
Free Book Planning Worksheet & Consultation
1. Sign up to fill out a worksheet designed to show you your goals for writing a novel, what kind of coaching or editing support would benefit you most, and how to implement a strategy for approaching the revision process.
2. Schedule your complementary no-commitment consultation to discuss ways we can support you throughout the work, so your book makes it to publication!
How It Works: Editing Your Novel Draft
You and your writing coach determine what you need based on the level of edit and how hands-on you wish to be during the revision, copyediting, and proofreading process. Between meeting with your editor over video, phone and/or live chat, and sharing drafts back and forth as you refine the work, you will collaboratively arrive at a publishable novel draft.
Next you can determine what your publishing goals are and find the best strategy for getting you there, whether it’s self-publishing, traditional publishing, or finding a literary agent.
The revision-editing process happens in two main phases: Feedback and Editing, and Late Stage Proofreading & Publication Support.
I. Novel Editing.
1. Manuscript Evaluation | Developmental Feedback & Writing Coaching
2. Substantive Editing
– Developmental feedback on early manuscript pages
– Substantive to light copy editing
– Continual support and instruction on writing craft
Your editor will provide constructive feedback on the developing draft from macro to micro and provide a written road map for how to implement any changes, teach you editorial skills to help you self-edit, or take care of the novel editing for you. How much or little you wish to lean on your editor is up to you, and the craft and editorial skill you learn along the way will serve you for your whole writing career.
3. Line and Copy Editing
– Collaboratively refine book purpose, structure, pacing, and flow
– Provide substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading
– Assist with query, synopsis or proposal & publication support
Your editor will help refine the draft at the chapter, section, paragraph, and line level so it is lean, concise, purposeful and correct.
2. Publication Support
Submission materials. Spreadsheets. Info and resources on traditional publishing v. self-publishing. A website. A marketing approach.
This last leg of your journey (or the first leg of your work as a “business”) can be a long and difficult one.
Working with your coach on a publication strategy will help demystify some of the process and keep you organized and focused on what you need to do and how to do it.