Genre Fiction and Nonfiction Editor Alyssa Kress

I want to help you make your project the best that it can be.

Do you need an editor? With the advent of independent publishing, authors are no longer obliged to obey the dictates of a traditional publishing house editor. If one wants, one can entirely avoid “revision hell.”  Yet authors today continue to want editors and hire their own. Having an experienced set of eyes on a manuscript can provide invaluable insight that leads to a better product. As your editor, my goal is to help you write the best book possible.

Whether you are at the beginning of your writing journey, looking for an agent, or preparing to press the “Publish” button yourself, I can do the following for you:

  • Development Coach – step-by-step construction or revision of your project, including plot outline and development, characterization, and GMC (goal-motivation-conflict)
  • Content Edit – a “big picture” feedback on your finished draft, which includes a detailed analysis of the major elements of your book as listed above: plot outline and development, characterization, GMC, continuity, pacing, theme
  • Stylistic Edit (sometimes called line or copy edit) – the small, but important, stuff: word choice, word economy, grammar, spelling
  • “Professional” Beta Read – this is like a Content Edit, but less detailed and more economical.

I’m not here to criticize, I’m here to support. I will give you suggestions for what I think will make your work stronger, sharper, and more dramatic or intriguing. Whether or not you take that advice is entirely up to you. In the end, this is your work. I want you to end up happy with your writing and yourself.

For Romance authors: I am giving a class in How to Write a Romance Novel.” It’s virtual and can be accessed from anywhere. Times given are Pacific Standard Time.

For all authors, I will be holding a novel workshop designed to help you “Finish that Novel.” It is also virtual and can be accessed from anywhere. Time given is Pacific Standard Time.

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