Intro to Editing



If you’ve never worked with a freelance book editor before, or if you’d like to start small and explore the possibilities, our Introduction to Editing service is a great way to begin.

After we get to know you and your writing goals, we’ll critique and line edit your first ten pages to help you get a clear picture of how your story is coming across and how it could be improved.

You’ll work with two expert editors: a substantive editor and a line editor. The first will critique your pages and send a brief editorial letter addressing their strengths and weaknesses. The second will meet you online for a 60-minute collaborative editing session.

After your critique and line-editing sessions, you’ll have a full hour to discuss strategies for revision, development, and publication, if that’s your goal.

The Process

  1. Meet Meghan for a half-hour editing consultation to discuss your writing goals
  2. Review Matthew’s written assessment of your first 20 pages
  3. Join Meghan for a one-hour collaborative editing session to strengthen your skills
  4. Meet Meghan and Matthew to develop a strategic revision plan that moves you toward your goals


Want to read more about working with freelance book editors?

From ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors): Do Novice Authors Really Need an Editor?
From Huffington Post: 7 Deadly Myths and 3 Inspired Truths about Book Editing
From Jane Friedman’s Blog: The Comprehensive Guide to Finding, Hiring, and Working with an Editor
From Kindlepreneur: Master Guide to Selecting the Best Book Editor
From MasterClass: How to Find the Best Book Editor: A Complete Guide
From Reedsy: Finding the Right Book Editor

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