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MILLLICENT G. DILLON, represented by Harold Ober Associates, is the world’s expert on authors Jane and Paul Bowles. She has won five O. Henry Awards and been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner. I worked with Dillon on her memoir, The Absolute Elsewhere, in which she describes in luminous prose her private meeting with Albert Einstein to discuss the ethics of the atomic bomb. Read more. . .

SASHA TROYAN is a Professor of English at Montclair University and author of the critically-acclaimed novels Angels in the Morning and The Forgotten Island, both Booksense Selections, beautiful stories based upon her childhood in France. I worked with Troyan to develop her new novels, Marriage A Trois and Semester. Read more. . .

LUCIA ORTH is the author of the debut novel, Baby Jesus Pawn Shop, which received critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly, NPR, Booklist, Library Journal and Small Press Reviews. I have edited a number of essays and articles for Orth. Read more. . .

BHAICHAND PATEL, retired after an illustrious career with the United Nations, is now a journalist based out of New Dehli and Bombay, an expert on Bollywood, and author of three non-fiction books published by Penguin. I edited Patel’s best-selling debut novel, Mothers, Lovers, and Other Strangers, published by Pan Macmillan. Read more. . .

SCOTT WILBANKS, represented by Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, is the author of the debut novel, The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, published by Sourcebooks in August, 2015. I’m working with Wilbanks on his sophomore novel, Easy Pickens, the story of the world’s only medically-diagnosed case of chronic naiveté. Read more. . .

SCOTT WARRENDER is a professional musician and Annie Award-nominated lyricist specializing in musical theater. I work with Warrender regularly on his short stories and debut novel, Putaway. Read more. . .

M. TERRY GREEN enjoys a successful self-publishing career with multiple sci-fi/fantasy series set in the Multiverse, based upon her expertise in anthropology and technology. I worked with Green to develop a new speculative fiction series. Read more. . .

ANIA VESENNY, represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, is a recipient of the Evelyn Sullivan Gilbertson Award for Emerging Artist in Literature and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I edited Vesenny’s debut novel, Swearing in Russian at the Northern Lights, and her second novel, Sandara. Read more. . .

STUART WAKEFIELD is the #1 Kindle Best Selling author of Body of Water, the first novel in his Orcadian Trilogy. Body of Water was 1 of 10 books long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize. I edited Wakefield’s second novel, Memory of Water, and look forward to editing the final novel of his Orcadian Trilogy, Spirit of Water. Read more. . .

GERALDINE EVANS is a best-selling British author. Her historical novel, Reluctant Queen, is a Category No 1 Best Seller on Amazon UK. I edited Death Dues, #11 in Evans’ fifteen popular Rafferty and Llewellyn cozy police procedurals, which received a glowing review from the Midwest Book Review. Read more. . .

JUDY LEE DUNN is an award-winning marketing blogger. I am working with Dunn to develop and line edit her memoir of reconciling liberal activism with her emotional difficulty accepting the lesbianism of her beloved daughter, Tonight Show comedienne Kellye Rowland. Read more. . .

JEFF RUSSELL is the author of the debut novel, The Rules of Love and Law, based upon Jeff’s abiding passions for legal history and justice. Read more. . .

LEN JOY is the author of the debut novel, American Past Time. I worked with Len to develop his novel from its core: a short story about the self-destructive ambitions of a Minor League baseball star. Read more. . .

ALEX KENDZIORSKI is an American physician working in South Africa on community health education and wildlife conservation. I edited Kendziorski’s debut novel Wait a Season for Their Names about the endangered African painted wolf, for which he is donating the profits to wildlife conservation. Read more. . .

ALEXANDRA GODFREY blogs for the New England Journal of Medicine. I work with Godfrey on her short fiction and narrative nonfiction, including a profile of the doctor who helped save her son’s life, “Mending Broken Hearts.” Read more. . .

In addition, I work with scores of aspiring writers in their apprenticeship to this wonderful literary art and craft.

16 Responses to “Freelance Independent Editing Services”

  1. I have a 3000ish word children’s book that I am interested in having edited. The book is meant for 1st through 5th grade readers. It has six chapters. Each chapter is 400 to 600 words. I intended this to be a hybrid between a picture book and a “full-fledged” chapter book for older kids.

    (Trying to have the younger ones feel a little “cooler” – 😉

    Do you work in this genre?

  2. Dear Ms. Mixon,

    We’re starting a new kind of publishing business, a hybrid between publisher, bookstore and self-publisher. The website above isn’t complete, and if you care to visit, please forgive us for incomplete links and the odd typographical error, plus we’ll be editing it meticulously once everything is working.

    Also, we’ll be getting Predators & Editors and Writers Beware to give us their blessing before we invite people to the beta-test and ask for their feedback. As an editor, you know that the way you say something can make the difference between acceptance and rejection.

    The reason for this comment is to ask whether you would be interested in being one of the independent editors who has a classified ad on our site. We only want the best. The price will be dirt cheap and we’ll likely offer some free months at the front end. As well, you might even consider coming on board with us as one of our part-time editors once we can afford you. (I like your style.)

    I’d be happy to send you our Submission Response Forms so that you’ll have an idea of the things we’ll be looking for in fiction and non-fiction projects. We anticipate rejecting over 98% of submissions, but we’ll be rejecting with reasons.

    We’re exciting about this business and we hope you will be, too.

    Sheryl Dunn
    Chief Cook and Bottle-washer

  3. Thanks, Sheryl! I’ll look into it.

  4. I am a writer! I have no publishes works; however, I am a writer! I have a diffcult time coming up with story lines, but my work is always full of fun, insight and wit. I love poetry and prose, but i do not know how to put all of it together. I don’t know what style of writing a am good at yet. Any ideas for getting a “real” start on my writing career?

  5. Vivian, feel free to go through my blog and advice column. There are tons of ideas in there for how to start crafting publishable fiction.

  6. Hi Victoria:

    I have a completed romance manuscript, which needs a bit of loosening up. I was told my dialogue is too formal, problem it I do not know how. I have tried fixing the first 50 pages but I have a lot more to go. Can you help me?



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  9. Taylor said on

    Hi Victoria,
    I loved your article about why manuscripts get rejected. I like your sense of humor, and the truth in it! It made me realize the mistakes I’ve been making when querying agents! I wrote a fiction novella that is 54,680 words. I know for sure I badly need a professional to look at my work, I just don’t have the money. Would you be able to give me an estimated guess of how much you charge for my amount of words, or someone you will be able to reccomend me to? I would appreciate any advice. Thanks so much!


  10. Victoria said on

    Hi Taylor,

    Thank you—I’ll send you email.

  11. Hello Victoria,
    I came across your website through Twitter. I flipped through your articles and like how you manage to make the practical (translation : boring) aspects of writing actually sound like fun, or at least like something worth doing.
    Which brings me to my query: I’ve written a novel which I’m thinking of self-publishing. It’s about 80,000 words. It’s a fairly mature (I hope) take on being a young adult. Cue sex, drugs, growing up issues. Is this something you’d take on board? If so, what services would you provide and how much would it cost me? You can e-mail me if you’d prefer to respond in private. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks, TJ

  12. Victoria said on

    I’ll send you email, Tharun.

  13. P.S The link is for my blog – the most recent post is an excerpt from said novel, and the rest of the posts are broadly representative of my style (and choice of themes) of writing. Hope that helps!

  14. Victoria – I would very much like to discuss retaining you to edit my 105,000 word completed legal mystery. Would you please be so kind as to contact me?

    Thank you.

  15. Yes, I will, sir!