“For any writer who’s ever been attached to their work for way, way too long—in other words, when all objectivity has flown out the window—to find someone who not only understands what the hell you’re doing but how the hell to actually improve upon it, is the sort of person that makes you go, 'Man, where have YOU been!?' That’s Karmen. . . . She’s infuriatingly talented.”
- Mike Weir, author
Books & Manuscripts
Have you ever been completely lost in a novel that you forgot you were reading? Has a character ever seemed so authentic that you remember them like an old friend long after finishing the novel? This is what great literature can do, and I can help guide you and your manuscript to a well-structured and engaging story that will linger in the minds of readers.
If you're looking to see what level your manuscript is at or just need a fresh set of eyes to give you an objective opinion, a Manuscript Evaluation is a great place to start. With this service, I will read through your work and provide an editorial letter that assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript—looking at structure, character development, voice, flow, and more—and offer suggestions for improvement. This may also include a phone meeting to address any larger issues or to answer any questions.
The next level of editing will be a Substantive/Stylistic Edit that provides a more in-depth look at the manuscript and often includes recommendations for restructuring and rephrasing and elimination of repetition, cliches, and jargon. With this service, I will provide comments at the line level within the manuscript as well as an editorial letter. A phone meeting is included with this edit for further clarification of editorial suggestions and discussion of the manuscript.
The final stage is Copyediting/Proofreading. Spelling and grammatical errors can be a big turn off for publishers and producers (this edit is also offered for screenplays). In addition to grammar and punctuation, I will address the continuity and consistency of the story's mechanics and facts, and query any information that may need to be checked for accuracy. This service includes a style sheet. For publishers, I'm happy to adhere to house style guides and/or manuals, such as Chicago and APA.
With each level of edit I will use my knowledge of market trends and publishers' mandates to recommended the most advantageous positioning for your manuscript, and I may assist in your pitch to literary agents for an additional fee. If you've ever considered adapting your novel for the screen, please find more information here.
All edits are priced separately and may depend on the length of your manuscripts. For rates, please contact me with a brief synopsis, word count, and services needed.
“Her insights are eagle sharp. Her suggestions are masterful. Karmen is an incisive intellect who holds your words in the palm of her hand before sending them off in the right direction.” - Beatrice MacNeil, author
“Karmen's insightful and encouraging editorial input on no novel...was invaluable. Her suggestions vastly improve the story I was trying to tell, and her excitement about my work and faith in my abilities buoyed me up during the entire process.”
- Jessica Westhead, author of Worry