Is your rough draft ready for feedback?
The final step in the writing process ends with a professionally-edited manuscript.
Working with a professional editor:
Ensures work is polished before submission or publication.
Elevates your idea into art via craft.
Gives your book a competitive edge in today's marketplace.
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 and developmental critique. The Writing Cycle’s signature manuscript service does both. First, I zero in on what your writing ultimately wants to say. My goal is to connect with your voice and center your experience on the page. In critique, I evaluate the quality of your book’s structure and technical elements, providing opportunities for improvement. When editing, I improve the smallest details, ensuring correctness of grammar, mechanics, and punctuation. Finally, I enhance artistry present on the page.
My passion is helping writers of creative nonfiction and literary fiction craft compelling narratives, along with assisting professionals in psychology and personal growth develop books that enhance brands. Whether you’ve drafted a memoir, personal essay collection, or realist novel, I have edited books in these genres published with big houses, small presses, and self-publishers, and I understand what readers want.
While I no longer edit genre fiction, nor trade nonfiction that does not center around a narrative journey, I am happy to recommend editors who excel in these areas.
There are dozens of online editors assisting authors toward publication. Few are MFA-trained, prize-winning artists themselves; fewer still have taught writing workshops at colleges, universities, and conferences for nearly two decades. Likewise, writing groups require that you spend precious time reading and responding to dozens of manuscripts, only to receive varying 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.
When editing, I play the perfectionist (so you don’t have to), while holding in mind big-picture opportunities for each project. 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.
Includes: detailed six-page letter of expert developmental feedback, extensive margin notes, line editing for style and correctness, free query or pitch Rx, and a 60-minute virtual consultation.
70,000-100,000 words. (The average published book runs 80,000 words. Reach out regarding manuscripts that fall outside this range.)
Includes: expert analysis of craft elements, detailed two-page critique letter, polishing line-edits and margin notes.
Maximum 5,000 words.
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 non book-length works. Please allow up to one month for completion of book-length projects; shorter projects can be turned around more quickly.
Big-Picture Developmental Critique
Line-editing for GMP
Free Query or Pitch
60-min Zoom Consult
Carol knows how to help writers find and shape the essential in their work. She understands what makes a good story. Her talent for narrative structure shows in her consulting and her own work, which she approaches with intelligence and humor.
— Corey Campbell, Award-winning short story writer
Carol is a consummate professional and pleasure to work with. Her guidance was extremely insightful in pinpointing areas to develop in my first book. The hallmark of Carol’s approach is character development. Her use of the elements of writing is spot on. Her advice is worth its weight in gold!”
— Isabella Maldonado, Award-winning author of the Vera Cruz series & THE CIPHER, a soon-to-be Netflix feature starring JLo.
Since we were together at graduate school, I have admired Carol’s craft, her commitment to the life of the mind, and the intelligence of her conversation.
In workshops and afterwards, as she 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 cutting to the heart of the matter. Both as a reader and a writer, Carol is exceptional.”
— Daniyal Mueenuddin, National Book Award & Pulitzer Prize Finalist: Other Rooms, Other Wonders
“I came to Carol to critique and edit 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, The Contract & Appetite
Carol is an astute professional editor, current on standard industry formats and knows what agents and publishers are looking for.
I’ve had the pleasure to attend a few of her presentations: she truly motivates writers who have found themselves stuck in the revision process or lost during their quest to publication.”
— Deborah J Ledford, Award-winning Suspense Novelist, including 2014’s Best Audio Book, CRESCENDO, narrated by Christina Cox.
a writing coach and editor who turns ideas into art with craft.