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Are you ready to have a professionally-edited manuscript to enhance your platform? 

A healing story to serve the world? 

Manuscript Critique + Editing Package

In an age when it’s easy to publish quickly, it’s more important than ever to publish well.

Most editing services charge separately for line-editing, copy-editing, and developmental critique. The Writing Cycle’s signature manuscript service does both: I improve the smallest details while zeroing in on what your writing ultimately wants to say. As editor, I elevate the quality of your book as a whole: not merely its market potential or grammatical correctness. As a writer, my pleasure comes from enhancing artistry present on the page. 

editing and coaching for writers
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Who can benefit from manuscript editing?

Writers hoping to land an agent in today’s competitive marketplace.

Authors in healing or personal growth spheres wishing to ensure their work is professional before it goes to print.

Coaching professionals drafting books to enhance platforms.

Short story writers ready for an injection of new energy and ideas into their work.

manuscript critique and book editing

How It Works

  1. On the contact page, answer the questionnaire regarding your project’s genre, word-count and three-line synopsis. Upon receipt of your questionnaire, I’ll reach out to discuss your project. As always, all material submitted and discussed is held in strict confidentiality, and remains the property of the author.
  2. Upon approval, pay the deposit below. Email your completed manuscript as a double-spaced Microsoft Word document in Times New Roman 12-point font to the secure address I provide for your project.
  3. I will read your manuscript twice, first as a reader, then as an editor. In an six-page critique letter, I will provide a thorough assessment of its strengths as well any technical elements (such as point of view or dialogue) providing opportunities for improvement.
    Using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature, I will include margin notes indicating passages in need of excision or revision. I’ll also let you know what’s working well.
    Finally, professional line-editing utilizing The Chicago Manual of Style will appear in the body of your text to correct grammar, mechanics and punctuation. I will also make artistic suggestions at the line level.
  4. After receiving your edited manuscript and evaluation letter, use Microsoft Word to accept or reject individual changes and choose whether to incorporate bigger-picture suggestions. Pay the balance to schedule your one-on-one feedback session.
  5. Conference with me one-on-one via a 60-minute virtual session. I will answer questions, provide clarification and brainstorm possibilities with you. It is in these sessions that the most valuable breakthroughs occur.

    Why Work with Me? 

    There are dozens of editors rallying authors toward publication. Few are classically-trained, prize-winning artists themselves; fewer still have taught writing workshops at colleges and conferences around the globe. Likewise, critique groups require you spend precious time reading and responding to dozens of manuscripts only to receive dozens of subjective or conflicting opinions on your own. When working with me, you receive decisive direction from one person: your editor. And your only job is to take advice that resonates with your vision for your book. I have edited books published with big houses, small presses, and self-publishers, and understand what readers want.

    When editing, I play the perfectionist (so you don’t have to), while holding in mind big-picture opportunities for each draft. I never take on more than one manuscript per month to ensure I hold exclusive space for your story in my thoughts throughout the time we work together.

    My sphere of genius includes helping fearful writers develop fearless narratives around trauma healing, along with assisting professionals in the realms of psychology, spirituality, and personal growth birth resonant books that enhance their platforms.

    My BioTestimonials, and Blog should reveal if I’m a fit for you.

Learn more about how it works and get answers to FAQs.

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Novel or Nonfiction manuscript editing and critique
  • Includes: detailed six-page letter of expert developmental feedback, extensive margin notes, line editing, free query letter Rx, and a 60-minute Zoom or phone consultation.
  • Maximum 100,000 words. $0.03/word above 100,000 for manuscripts over 100,000 words.


  • Includes: expert analysis of craft elements, detailed two-page critique letter, polishing line-edits and margin notes.
  • Maximum 5,500 words.
  • Quick turnaround.


book excerpt or short-story editing critique
A high-quality book can prove a key investment to attract premium clients. Working with an artistic editor can elevate material. Either way, I encourage you to view this as a culmination of your work, an investment in a creative product in which you can take pride. 

Prices are set at industry-standard rates. A 50% retainer is due prior to the start of all book-length services to reserve time in my calendar. The balance is due upon receipt of your edited manuscript and evaluation letter. Full payment is required up front for stories/excerpts/queries/openings. Please allow one month for completion of book-length projects; shorter projects can usually be turned around quickly. 



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Quick Turnaround


Big-Picture Developmental Critique

Line-editing for GMP

Free Query Letter or Pitch

60-min Zoom Consult

Free Author Marketing Strategies

“In workshops at the University of Arizona, and afterwards, as Carol has continued to read my work in draft, I have found her perceptions and comments regarding my work to be razor sharp, delivered with great good will and with humor, and cutting to the heart of the matter. Both as a reader and as a writer, Carol is exceptional.

— Daniyal Mueenuddin, author of National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize Finalist In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

“I have worked with Carol in both group and one-on-one settings. I came to her to critique my novel because she is imaginative, thoughtful, and humane. You can trust your prose to her; she’ll make it better in ways you will understand and enjoy.”

–Sheila Grinell, author of Appetite

“Carol knows how to help writers find and then shape the essential in their work. She understands what makes a good story. Her talent for narrative structure shows in her manuscript critiques and editing, her teaching and her own work, which she approaches with intelligence and humor.”

– Corey Campbell, Author &  Creative Writing Program Manager
at Arizona State Univeristy

“Carol’s experience in the field and her use of effective teaching tools provided me the confidence and skills to take my concept/idea and turn it into a legitimate novel. Her instructions, suggestions, concepts and advice are clear and on point, providing the framework to successfully approach my writing project. Carol is an amazing consultant and an incredible talent.”

Benjamin Placencia

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