Editing Services

“Kelly is a query wizard – she has an incredible ability to dissect the most important parts of your story and help you create a pitch so great it even makes you excited about the chance to read your book. Another added bonus is she doesn’t just give great feedback, she also helps by making actual edits in the query so you can see her advice at work and build from there! I loved working with her and if I ever have to query again I will not enter the trenches without Kelly’s help!” Tomi Adeyemi, 2017 PitchWars Mentee, author of CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (Macmillan).

“I would highly recommend Kelly’s query critique services. Not only is she prompt and thorough, she’s also honest while still highlighting your query’s current strengths. She helped me trim unnecessary words, while allowing me to maintain my voice and showcase the uniqueness of my plot in a concise manner. I’m very excited to send this query out into the world and see the response!” Jaime S. via Twitter

I have to say your critique is THE best I’ve had. You nailed it perfectly.” Cindy Dorminy, author of TUNED INTO YOU, 2016 from BookFish Books

“Love the edits! Thank you SO MUCH for your expertise!” Deborah via Twitter.

“I highly recommend Kelly’s work. She is very thorough, always taking the time to answer my questions and clarify her suggestions. She goes the extra mile with her clients and she is a pleasure to work with. My query and pages are transformed thanks to her, and I hope I can work with her again soon!” Kelly Barina via Twitter.

As a fiction writer and creative writing teacher, I have more than a decade of academic, fiction writing and editing experience behind me. I look forward to helping you work through the problems of character, voice, clarity, structure, and plot.

Editing and Critique Services:

Pitch & Polish: In a recent Twitter pitch contest, my personal pitches for three of my novels yielded eleven requests by agents and editors! We will work together to understand what your manuscript is about and hone that knowledge into a razor-sharp pitch. (Twitter Pitch, up to three edits, $15 per pitch.)

Query Critique & Polish $35: Queries take work. Over two edits, we will clean your query and focus your comp titles to give your query the best possible hook for agents or editors.

Query Consult $100: So you have a manuscript. How do you know who to send it to? How do you evaluate agents/editors needs based on your ms? We will work together to develop a list of five viable agent candidates for your particular project. This service includes the Query Critique & Polish service to give you a polished query letter that is ready to send to your top five!

Full Query Consult $150: Includes the critique and consult features plus proofreading (for grammar, common mistakes) of sample material (up to three chapters or 50 pages).

Manuscript critique services:
First 50 Page Critique – $125  This service includes a full read through of your first fifty pages including grammar, plot holes, character issues, and anything else that might pop up to derail your all important opening chapters. I will send you a detailed analysis of your strengths and the areas that still need work (character, plot, motivation and more), including in-text notes. Ready to go the distance with your book? Upgrade to a full critique and I will deduct the $75 from your final cost.

Full read through of your manuscript

  • Up to 50k words  – $275
  • Up to 75k words – $375
  • Up to 100K words – $475
  • Over 100k words – $550 and up (project evaluated on editing need)

This is a critique of your manuscript as whole with limited line edits and in-text comments. What works, what could be stronger, and how you get there. I will offer constructive suggestions on character, setting, voice, tone, plot, etc. (I am an English teacher after all!) These suggestions will help you make your manuscript stronger as you get closer to submission. You will receive a detailed letter from me to help you improve your project. Second read throughs of your manuscript after you revise – $100.

Full manuscript critique –  $.01 cents per word: Manuscripts submitted in Microsoft Word will receive a full critique including line edits and in-manuscript notes plus a detailed analysis of manuscript strengths and weaknesses. If you are serious about offering your manuscript for publication, this is the option for you. While I will not re-write your manuscript for you, I will offer you honest and vital feedback that will take your work to the next level.

Book Revision Services/Developmental Editing – A revision is not a critique. We’re talking development in character, plot, and closing structural holes. This is the most intense of revisions and includes email and phone contact (2 one hour conversations) to help you flesh out your ms. $.02 cents per word.

Contact me:

Do you have a project you would like to discuss?

E-mail me at hopkins18419(at)yahoo(DOT)com with who you are and a description of your project. I am open to both fiction and non-fiction projects but I specialize in children’s, MG, YA because of my librarian background. Also accepting women’s and commercial fiction. No erotica please.

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