I’m now open to freelance editing! It never hurts to have an extra pair of eyes on your manuscript, query, or synopsis. When I was querying, hiring a freelance editor made all the difference. I went from around 100 rejections with one project, to an offer of representation within hours of querying a new project that I’d worked on with an editor. Good editors help you find inconsistencies in your novel. They help you find plot holes and weak writing, and show you in detail the areas you can improve. Working with an editor can greatly improve your manuscript, and make your work more agent-ready.
- I’m an author with a YA fantasy duology that was preempted by Macmillan, and is slated for Winter 2020. I’m repped by Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners.
- I have interned for a very well established NY literary agency, as an assistant to a top agent. I did two reader reports for this agent a week. Due to rules I agreed to, I’m unable to say the agency publicly, but am more than happy to tell you the agency and agent in a private message.
- I have studied storytelling as an intern at Nickelodeon, on the show The Legend of Korra.
- I was Managing Editor of a nonprofit newspaper for 2 years.
- I was a YA ARC reviewer for Little, Brown for several years.
- I am a 2017 Pitch Wars mentor. 5 writers I helped with contest material (query/synopsis/first chapter) prior to PW also made it into the contest, and are 2017 mentees!
- Earned a BA in English, 4.0 GPA
What I Edit:
I’m only editing YA and MG, as those are my specialties and what I feel incredibly comfortable with!
Pricing and Services:
Query: $25. Includes in-depth edits for clarification and formatting, line edits, and two passes.
Synopsis: $45 Includes in-depth edits for clarification, line edits, and two passes. 1-2 pages with the goal of getting your synopsis to a single page that clearly represents your manuscript.
Submission Package: $100. Includes in-depth feedback and line edits on your query, 1-2 page synopsis, and first chapter (up to 5k).
Contest Package: $50. Includes query, 1-2 page synopsis, and first page detailed critique with line edits to help you get your contest package shiny and ready to go!
Pitch Event Help: $15. Includes help editing 2 twitter pitches.
Reader Report: .008 cents per word ( ex. 50k manuscript = $400). These are my favorite! They’re usually a 7+ page single spaced report detailing feedback on your plot, pacing, characters, setting, world build, etc. This will give you overall developmental feedback on your entire manuscript, without the line edits. We’ll discuss editorial ideas, the manuscript’s strengths, and ares where it can improve.
Line Edits: .018 cents per word (ex. 50k manuscript = $900). Includes an edit letter (usually 6+ pages) detailing the strengths and weaknesses in your manuscript. Includes detailed line edits and notes within the documents. I’m an incredibly thorough editor when it comes to line edits; you can pretty much guarantee every page will be marked up. This is a more detailed option than the reader report, and is not right for anyone who is looking at making heavy structural edits. This is for someone who has probably already had their work reviewed by a beta or critique partner, or believes their overall structure and plot is mostly working. I go heavy into details with my edits and assess the story on a line-by-line basis, looking for inconsistencies, punctuation and grammar issues, and funky sentences that can be strengthened. I also help assess the story as a whole, to help get the work ready to send to agents or publishers.
The Works: Includes line edits on your full manuscript, a detailed reader report, 3 query passes, 3 synopsis passes, help with two elevator (or twitter)pitches, and help compiling a list of agents to query. Pricing for this depends on the word count of your manuscript.
Mentorship: Contact for pricing. If you know your manuscript needs some work and you’d like me to read for multiple passes, this is the option for you. You get everything from the works package, and a 4-month long mentorship where I will give you edits and deadlines for us to whip your manuscript into shape! Through this, you will also have access to Skype or Google Hangout Calls, and near the end I’ll help you prep for querying by working with you to compile a list of fabulous and reputable agents who are looking for your type of ms. You will get the same level of attention from me that my PW mentee gets, with the same access and type of mentorship!
“I was lucky enough to meet Adalyn two years ago, and she is as close to a dream come true Critique Partner as humanly possible. Through her dedication and brilliant editing mind, she figured out how to pull off one of the most complex and pivotal character revisions in CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE and it made my entire novel snap into place. I feel lucky to have her incredible eyes on not just this work, but all of my future work, and if we weren’t CPs, I would be hiring her anyway! (She’ll also let you send her pictures of sexy Asian men!)” – Tomi Adeyemi, author of CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (Macmillan, 2018).
“Adalyn offered polite and prompt communication in regards to my query, and helped me to reach its full potential. I feel like we really connected, letting me admit my stubborn ego was in the way of my query! She helped me focus it to reflect the themes, plot, and characters more clearly and effectively with her insightful comments. I highly encourage anyone who needs a critique, whether it be full manuscript or query, to employ Adalyn. I plan on coming back for more! I’ve been querying with the revised letter she helped me craft (plus a few adjustments after revising my book) and have gotten great reception so far. Six total requests—two on the query alone!” – Alexandria Sturtz, YA writer
“I had a wonderful experience working with Adalyn on a novella in my Blazing Star series. I was at a place with the piece where I couldn’t see what was working and what wasn’t. Adalyn’s critique whipped the manuscript into shape. She zeroed in on its strengths and weaknesses with insightful, kind, and hilarious suggestions. I also appreciated that she went above and beyond the call of an editor, providing plenty of resources to continue my writing education. I will certainly reach out to her for my next project and recommend her to authors that I know.” – Imani Josey, author, The Blazing Star
“Adalyn was half of my mentor team during last year’s Pitch Wars, and I’d frequently tell her that I think she’s a wizard.
From the beginning, Adalyn got my book. Her insights helped me reshape my entire ms, and not only the plot, but also in expanding my world building, improving my characters, and helping me to clarify a complicated magic system. She’s ambitious, and passionate about projects she loves – must haves for a mentor when embarking on a full ms edit.
When it comes to line edits, her notes were wizardry. Super detailed, she doesn’t shy away from grammatical and formatting notes. It’s important to note that no matter how microscopic her comments are, she’s always sensitive with her feedback. I always felt informed and guided by her suggestions; my knowledge about craft is better because of her.
She’s also incredibly supportive! A trait you’ll appreciate/need during the crazy, and exhilarating, ride that is Pitch Wars! While the competition window didn’t end the way we hoped it would, over the course of the year Adalyn’s constantly been in touch to express her faith in my story, and in me as a writer. She’s taught me a lot about passion and perseverance. Without her, I wouldn’t have received my 7 full manuscript requests out of 8 submissions, and signed with a kick-ass agent all within two weeks of sending my first query letter.
I wouldn’t hesitate to choose her as a mentor again.” – Ciannon Smart, YA author of A Witch of Bone and Briars. (Ciannon was mentored by Tomi Adeyemi and myself in Pitch Wars 2017)
“Adalyn Grace has all the qualifications you’d want in an editor, but she’s also so much more than just a set of amazingly astute eagle eyes. She’s beyond patient, kind, and so easy to talk to about the story (and books in general.) She helped me whip up a gooey mess of ideas into a streamlined road map that made the entire book so much stronger. I recommend Adalyn to any writer who wants smart industry insight, complete (but kind) honesty, and the best book recommendations ever.” – Bethany Hensel, author and Pitch Wars 2017 mentee
Discounts, Promos, and Sales:
Every month I’ll be featuring a new promo/sale. These sales cannot be combined with other discounts.
July Promo: I’m offering a query+synopsis package for $45. This includes in-depth edits for clarification, line edits, and two passes on both a one-page query, as well as a one to two page synopsis.
*Writers from marginalized backgrounds are offered a 20% discount on all services except for the mentorship package, which is a 10% discount.
*Writers who have been a Pitch Wars mentee are offered a 20% discount on all services other than the mentorship package.
Please be sure to mention these discounts to me, so I know to apply them to the invoice.
To schedule any of the services or ask questions, please use my contact page. All payments are done through PayPal. For services scheduled 4 weeks in advance, payment can be done half in advance (to secure your place), and the other half on the date we begin. Anything else will require full payment in advance.
For cancellations, please let me know ASAP. If done more than 3 weeks in advance, no fee will be charged. Last minute cancellations will be charged a 20% fee.