45-minute, 1-on-1 video consultation with professional editor Jessica De Bruyn, including a pre-reading of your first 20 pages & book synopsis, or 20-page outline.
About the 1-on-1 Meetings
Want to make sure your book is in top shape before submitting it to a literary agent or publisher, or self-publishing?
Professional editor Jessica De Bruyn will meet you 1-on-1 via video chat to give detailed feedback about your book and mistakes you might be making. This includes:
- 45 minutes 1-on-1 with a professional editor by Zoom
- A thorough pre-reading of 20 pages (double-spaced) of your book and plot synopsis
- A 20-page chapter-by-chapter outline of your book
About Jessica De Bruyn
This online workshop is led by Jessica de Bruyn, who has been a consultant and editor for several literary agencies, including The Rights Factory and 5 Otter Literary, and Editor-in-Residence here at soyouwanttowrite.org.
As a substantive & structural editor, she specializes in juvenile fiction, speculative fiction, women’s lit and commercial fiction. She is also an experienced editor of non-fiction and literary fiction.
Jessica also has more than a decade of experience working in sales and marketing copy. She has helped a number of writers to craft their query letters and synopses for submission to agents and publishers and has helped self-published authors to create front and back matter for their books, as well as creating loglines to be used in marketing campaigns.
Jessica also served as a Head Reader for Abbott Management, an agency representing screenwriters and has edited finalists in the PAGE Screenwriting Competition. For the past four years, she has been a judge for the Ink & Insights writing contest.
At Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, Jessica studied under editors and publishers representing all five of the major publishing houses.
What writers are saying about Jessica
"Jessica's critique was one of the best I've ever received. Her comments were insightful and spot-on with regard to how my manuscript could best be improved and left me feeling confident as to how to achieve it. I wouldn't hesitate to come to her again or to recommend her to others."
"Insightful and well-organized. As a writer I develop blind spots. Jessica sent back clear recommendations that I can take immediate action on. The 14-page editorial letter was/is extremely helpful."
"The service provided by this site and Jessica were top-notch! Without an expert's point of view and input, it's hard to find what's lacking in something you've put so much time and effort. Jessica's comments helped me in so many ways. She understood exactly what I was going for and was a pleasure to work with. I absolutely recommend other writers to go through this before submitting to agents. There's always room for improvement!"
How it Works
Once you purchase your session, we'll email you within 2 business days to schedule a meeting date and time, and to chat about any specific requirements or requests you have.
We'll need to receive your 20 pages & 1-2 page synopsis 5 days in advance of your meeting so that Jessica has a chance to read them thoroughly.
At the time of your meeting, Jessica will contact you by video chat to dive right in!
You'll walk away with excellent insight from a professional editor about how to turn your 1st draft into a fully polished masterpiece, and how to analyze your work with an editor’s eye to bring out the best possible story – one that is unique, compelling and suits the current market.