With so many books competing for attention—amongst readers, publishers, and agents—how is an aspiring author supposed to stand out in the crowd? I believe it comes down to quality. However, even if a writer spends months and months writing his or her manuscript, the project will still remain unfinished without a thorough, professional edit.
Without an edit, the manuscript remains under-cooked and could result in a bridge burned between you and your favorite agent or publisher. If you are an aspiring author who is hoping to stand out in the midst of the crowd, this should not be a risk you are willing to take.
As a Literary Agent, Acquisitions Editor, author, and an avid-reader, I know what it takes to bring a project from amateur to professional. I am passionate about helping writers reach for their publication dreams and encouraging them to strive for their best. At the same time, I am an author as well—so I understand the protective passion you might have over your manuscript.
However, if you trust your manuscript into my hands, I can assure you that I will mark your work in pink ink. (Figuratively speaking, of course. Because pink is far less intimidating than red.) This means I will treat your project with the care it deserves. I will make suggestions to enhance your voice, strengthen your craft, and cut away clutter. That way, when you receive your edits, you will fall even more in love with your novel—and perhaps your dream agent or publisher will as well.
"every block of stone has a statue inside it
and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it."
I am an award-winning author, Associate Literary Agent for Hartline Literary Agency, and Acquisitions Editor for IlluminateYA (teen fiction imprint of LPC Books).
I am a current member of The Christian Pen and student at The Christian Pen Institute.
Remember Honor, a novella written by Donna Smith, a former client, was a semi-finalist in the 2016 ACFW Genesis Awards.
An adult contemporary romance, written by Bethany Morehead, a former client, placed second in the 2017 BRMCWC Foundation Awards.
A previous mentoree, Micaiah Saldaña, received first place in the 2018 One Teen Story Contest, resulting in publication.
I teach workshops at writing conferences across the country.
I am a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
I am a former student of Christian Writer's Guild.
I have served as a judge for multiple writing contests for writing conferences.
Manuscript Read-through + Critique Letter: $5 per 1000 words
I read through the manuscript and provide a critique letter that gives an overview of manuscript strengths and weaknesses, and I address how you can prepare the manuscript for publication.
Complete Manuscript Critique: $8 per 1000 words
I read through the manuscript, provide a critique letter that gives an overview of manuscript strengths and weaknesses, and I address how you can prepare the manuscript for publication. In addition, I make suggestions for improvements directly on the manuscript using the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word.
In-Depth Line Edit: $13 per 1000 words
I read through the manuscript and provide an in-depth edit on grammar, punctuation, spelling errors, sentence structure, point-of-view errors, showing vs. telling, dialogue, description, and other small-scale issues.
Content Edits: $10 per 1000 words
I read through the manuscript and provide edits based on overall story structure, character arc and development, conflict resolution, and other big-picture issues.
Line Edits + Content Edits: $20 per 1000 words
Query/Cover Letter Critique: $15 per 500 words
Book Proposal Critique (excluding sample chapters and query/cover letter): $45
Query + Proposal Critique (excluding sample chapters): $55
Story Synopsis: $17 per 500 words
Career Mentoring: $30 per hour
As a Literary Agent, I enjoy helping writers create a long-term vision for their career and giving them the necessary guidance to achieve their dreams. This is what I will help you do if you choose this service. This is specifically for those who need one-on-one career mentoring. I will help you create concrete goals to help you reach the next milestone in your career—whether that’s achieving publication, sharpening your craft, expanding readership, establishing a brand, launching a blog, gaining writing credentials, etc. This mentorship can take place via email correspondence, phone call, or video call.
PLEASE NOTE: I am not interested in critiquing manuscripts in the following genres: women’s fiction, historical fiction, Children's picture/board books, Amish fiction, Erotica fiction, horror, memoirs, poetry, and biographies.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE A PROJECT?
This depends on the type of project and edit. The average time it takes for me to complete a standard in-depth and content edit is approximately four months. However, a rush rate can be applied to any of the above services. Please contact me for more info.
CAN I RECEIVE A SAMPLE EDIT?
Of course! I would be happy to provide a free, sample edit on the first two pages of your project. This will help you determine whether or not we would make a good match. Feel free to email me and specify the type of edit or critique you would prefer. (NOTE: Pages must be in 12 pt font, Times New Roman, 1" margins, and double-spaced. Please submit in a .doc or .docx format.)
Manuscripts must be in 12 pt font, Times New Roman, 1" margins, and double-spaced. Please submit in a .doc or .docx format.
Please contact me and clarify which editing service(s) you are interested in.
All payments will be made via check or PayPal. I request the first half of the payment before I begin to work on your manuscript. The second half should be paid when I reach the midway point of your manuscript. However, let me know if you would like to request a different payment option.
"Tessa took a look at the opening chapters of my current project. I was hoping for help in removing my 'weasel words' with minimal revising. Not only did she help me spot these weak expressions and recommend fixes, but she also flagged numerous places where I was telling instead of showing. I thought I understood what telling was, but she helped me grow to a new level of understanding and made my writing shine in a whole new way. She was great to work with, and if I need help down the road, I know who to call. I highly recommend Tessa's services."
- Adam Blumer, suspense author of Fatal Illusions and The Tenth Plague