Editorial Assessments

Reveal the Core of Your Story with Clear-Sighted Editing

I am excited to explore the core of your novel with you. An editorial assessment will give you a deep look at what is and isn’t working in your story and help you align the foundations of your novel so that your message rings clear. By the end, you will have a 10-20 page document, as well as in-manuscript developmental notes, to help you craft the story your readers have been waiting for.

Accepted Genres

I specialize in editing novels for young-adult and middle-grade audiences in the following genres:

  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Speculative Fiction

However, if you have a thematically alive story that falls into a different genre, I am still open to considering it. If you would like to work with me, send in a request, and we will discuss your work together to see if it is a good fit.

“My experience with Laura was more than I could have hoped for. . . . She took what I loved about my story and helped me see ways to improve it while still maintaining my voice.”


How My Editorial Assessments Work

  1. Request an assessment. Use the form below to tell me a little bit about yourself and your novel. I’ll ask a few questions about your writing experience, your novel’s thematic direction, and your publishing intentions. This will help us see if your story and my services will be a good creative fit.
  2. Discuss the details. Once we’ve decided to work together, I will let you know when I can start and how long the process will take (usually 3-4 weeks). I will also ask for a down payment. As soon as that is sent, your manuscript is on my docket.
  3. Let the editing begin! Once I have your manuscript and we arrive at the start date, I will dive into your story. I will give it a careful read and make space for all the thinking and note-taking your story needs. I want to make sure I have thoroughly considered the foundations of your novel and how to authentically support your story’s theme. After that, I will send you a preview of the final assessment with an invoice for the remaining fee. Once that fee is paid, the full assessment and analyzed manuscript will be sent as PDFs.
  4. Have a final brainstorming session. Once you’ve looked through the assessment, we can have a brainstorming session over video call or email. You can ask any questions you have and use me as a sounding board for your ideas. The video call can be up to one hour, or, if you send an email, I will take up to one hour crafting my response. This session will help launch you into your revisions as you take your novel to the next level.

And that’s it! If this is the opportunity your story has been waiting for, fill out the request form at the bottom of the page. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on.

Questions You Might Be Having

When in my writing process should I get an editorial assessment? Because an assessment works with the underlying structure of your story, it must come before any line-level edits. An assessment is the first stage of editing. Some authors come to me once they have a readable manuscript, but they aren’t sure how to finish pulling together the themes and plots. Others come when they feel their manuscript is complete, but their beta readers or instinct tell them something is missing. I am excited to meet your story in any of these stages.

How does an editorial assessment fit with my publishing goals? An editorial assessment is an important tool for any publishing journey. As the first step of editing, it is integral to preparing a new author’s book for querying or a veteran author’s book for publishing. Though a traditional publishing house will provide their authors the editors they need, these authors often find an outside editorial assessment of their early drafts useful as they search for the best way to articulate their vision.

What is the difference between an editorial assessment and a developmental edit? Though both provide a detailed edit letter, a developmental edit can also provide a structural analysis of your manuscript, a second review of your work, and line editing. It is an ongoing process that can take up to a year as you and your editor work together. Because of this, a full developmental edit often costs well over a thousand dollars. Editorial assessments, on the other hand, give you the tools you need to see your revision path clearly, and then let you pursue that journey on your own.

If you are interested in an editorial assessment but want the ongoing support of a full developmental edit, I do offer a significant discount for second-looks. This can give you the further edits you need without the full financial commitment of a developmental edit.

A Quick Look at Numbers

Up to 80,000 words$419
81,000-100,000 words$509
101,000-120,000 words$599
Above 120,000 wordsEnquire

Series Discount: If you hire me to assess a later novel in the same series, a 10% discount will be applied.

Second-Look Discount: If you want me to look at the same manuscript again after revisions, a 25% discount will be applied.

Laura is a phenomenal editor who opened a new world of writing to me with her services. She critiqued my writing in a way no one had ever done before, and thoroughly explained the ways my piece could improve. . . . I look forward to working with her again in the future!


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