Martha Carlson, Editor
Developmental editing of literary fiction — compelling stories, characters, craft
Nothing is more exciting than editing a manuscript to help a writer recognize the possibilities for bringing a book in progress to the next level. I specialize in developmental editing of literary fiction — which can take many forms and play with different genres but which has at its core a dedication to craft as a means to create engaging characters and stories. "Upmarket" books have a similar emphasis on craft and character, and if you consider your book to be upmarket, I'd be happy to discuss working with you. My goal is to honor your voice and vision as I offer professional advice for making your book as compelling and competitive as possible.
As your editor, I’ll give your work an insightful, deep editorial analysis, focusing on its overall effectiveness — while tailoring my comments to the needs of your particular manuscript. Let me notice any issues before a publisher or an agent can see them, and let me offer specific advice for making your work even stronger.
My editing experience and MFA in creative writing are at your service, to help you make your manuscript the best it can be.
Contact me — I look forward to hearing about your book!
"She is truly a writer’s editor. Hiring her was an investment in myself.” — Stacia Tolman