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Manuscript Critique


A manuscript critique is similar to a beta read, but done by a professional. I will read your novel and send you a 5–15 page feedback letter that evaluates its plot, structure, tone, point(s) of view, worldbuilding, pacing, dialogue, consistency, and character arcs.

This is helpful if you are on a budget and can apply feedback without in-line comments. It's also popular with querying authors who don't necessarily want a full dev edit.

What you get: An editorial letter.

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Service 1

Developmental Editing


Developmental editing, similar to a manuscript critique, evaluates your novel's plot, structure, tone, point(s) of view, worldbuilding, pacing, dialogue, consistency, and character arcs.


In addition to sending you a 5–15 page feedback letter, I will add detailed comments in the margins via Word's Track Changes feature, which you can use as a guide to apply specific feedback when writing your next draft.  

What you get: Comments in the margins and an editorial letter.

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Service 2
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Line Editing


Line or stylistic editing involves tightening up sentences at a line and paragraph level. I suggest fixes for issues like writing in a passive voice, using too many adverbs or adjectives, telling vs. showing, unnecessary words, repetition, unclear phrasing, unintended shifts in tone, and mixed metaphors. This service is best after applying beta reader comments and developmental editing. 

What you get: In-line suggestions. (Ask if you would like me to include margin comments that explain changes for learning purposes.)

Service 3

Book Formatting


This is also known as book layout design or typesetting. I will format your text so it is ready to be uploaded to a printer or self-publishing service.

I create clean, minimalistic designs, and I can also make you a cover page to match if you request it. I format novels and text-only projects. 

What you get: A formatted EPUB and a PDF designed according to your specified dimensions.

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“Allison's knowledge of story structure and her keen sense of pacing helped me break my struggling manuscript down to its bones and rebuild it into the best possible version of itself. Her insight, encouragement, and excitement provided a much-needed boost to get my novel polished and ready for readers. I couldn't be prouder of the result."

Shelly Campbell, author of Under the Lesser Moon

Books I've Edited

Request an Edit

Email me with your project details, including genre, age category, word count, and plot summary, as well as your deadline. Please specify what type of editing you are looking for and anything else you'd like me to know.

Feel free to request a free sample five-page edit to see if we are a good fit for each other!

Note: I specialize in science fiction (I particularly enjoy hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, space opera, and dystopian) and fantasy (I love high fantasy, adventure, fairy tales, retellings, mythological, and science fantasy) from middle grade to adult. I also edit select nonfiction on the topics of disability, chronic illness, video games, tabletop games, and pop culture.  

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