This book editing package includes line editing for fiction and non-fiction books.
Kerry will read your manuscript pages line by line, reviewing your word choice and syntax, pacing, and overall flow of the book.
You will receive:
A dedicated line-by-line page review
Page notes included throughout your document, using Track Changes
A 5- to 25-page report (depending on project size) that includes comments and critical editorial notes on strengths, weaknesses, and recurring issues related to outline, plot, pacing, characters, dialogue, and other elements
At the end of this book edit, your manuscript will benefit from:
Flagged problematic dialogue and narrative
Finessed mood and narrative tone
Curated POV through identification of head-hopping and flashbacks
Why Hire an Editor?
To create a book that is publishable, external help is anecessity, not a luxury. A critique group or a beta reader may be your first stop along the road, but ultimately, you’ll want to seek help from a professional editor—one with a track record for helping others polish and publish their work—like Kerry Ambrose.
All writers need editors. Even literary giants—from Gertrude Stein to Alice Munro to Stephen King—relied on editorial feedback before going to print.
Meet Our Book Doctor
Kerry Ambrose is a professional editor—one of the only editors we trust here at So You Want to Write.
As a stylistic line editor, Kerry’s expertise will bring your fiction or non-fiction book up to industry standards (using TheChicago Manual of Style). She especially enjoys LGBTQA2S+ and women’s fiction—and books with high body counts.
Her practice is inspired by her experience.A skilled writer with a cheerful wit, she’s penned her own novel, which is currently in development. She has advanced degrees in philosophy and social justice, as well as fifteen years’ experience working in nonprofit, school, and community-based settings.
Before moving to Toronto, she lived on a Pennsylvania battlefield, in the Andean high plains, on a mountaintop in Vermont, and at a Buddhist meditation centre in California.
What Writers Are Saying About Kerry
"Kerry Ambrose is a wonderful editor. She possesses impressive literary skills, and her edits combine detailed attention to grammar with clear, concise writing. Her broad knowledge of cultural and social trends allows her to give insightful feedback on the more general issues my non-fiction books and poetry address. If you want a skilled, conscientious editor, Kerry is an excellent choice."
— Katie Curtin, Author of Amazon BestsellerThe Happy, Well-Fed Artist: How to Get Your Creative Projects Off the Ground and Into the World
"Working with Kerry has been a game changer. I started my trilogy fifteen years ago, but Kerry’s recent editing support helped me finish it. I’m proud to say I'm now preparing to publish! This has been a dream of mine for a long time. Consulting Kerry has been one of the best investments I’ve made on my journey to becoming a published author.”
— Stina Hemming, Author ofWillful Blindness, Book One in the Alex Greene “Ice Queen” legal thriller series
How This Works
Book a free 30-minute consultation with Kerry. If it’s a fit, you’ll be asked to provide a 50% deposit and submit your manuscript pages for Kerry’s review. Allow her time to comb through your work—precise timing will be determined by Kerry’s schedule. You’ll come away with page notes and/or a critique letter. Final 50% payment is due on completion.
To wrap things up, you’ll have a 1-hour follow-up meeting with Kerry on Zoom where you can ask her questions and go over her notes together!
Kerry's rate for most projects is 2 cents per word. However, we will provide a more precise estimate for your book after we understand your needs.