Nothing is more exciting than editing a manuscript to help a writer recognize the possibilities for revising a book in progress. 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 encouraging, 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.
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You can also find me via LinkedIn and in the directories of the Editorial Freelancers Association and ACES.
My office is located in beautiful, historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but I work with English-language writers from across the United States and beyond. Most of my work with clients is done via email, but I also offer a follow-up phone or Zoom conversation as part of my editing services. I'm also happy to have a conversation by phone or Zoom with prospective clients, to make sure we're a good fit.
Contact me to discuss your editing needs.
"Martha was an expert at pinpointing the essential element holding the manuscript back, zeroing in on a blind spot while offering practical suggestions for addressing, and moving past, the issue. " — Ioanna Opidee