Editorial services

Even the best writers often need professional assistance with revision and editing. I can help you refine your ideas, improve your writing, and make the best impression with agents, publishers, and readers.

Manuscript Critique (picture books only)

I’ll take an objective look at your picture book manuscript to see what’s working well and what needs shoring up. I evaluate character development, story arc, language, and adherence to industry expectations. My feedback is always direct but never unkind, and I provide suggestions for fixing trouble spots.

Copy editing

I trained and worked as a journalist before I became an author, and I am an expert in fact checking, continuity editing, ensuring adherence to style rules, and improving the clarity and flow of text. At the same time, because I’m a writer, I am careful to honor and preserve the writer’s unique voice. Copy editing service is available for fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, as well as query letters.

Proofreading

It’s nearly impossible to spot mistakes in your own work, especially in a manuscript you’ve rewritten and reworked dozens of times over months or years. Yet simple mistakes can derail your submissions or — if you’re self-publishing — damage your credibility. Proofreading service is available for fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, as well as query letters. Note: Proofreading does not include editing for clarity, continuity, style, or factual accuracy. Rather, it is the last line of defense against typographical and layout errors in a completed, edited document.

What my clients say . . .

Dori caught typos I’d missed, found inconsistencies in style,
and fixed things I didn’t even know to look for. Her attention to
detail is astounding and just what I wanted in a proofreader.
She’s worth her weight in gold.

Janice Hardy, author of Plotting Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, Revising Your Novel, and Understanding Show, Don’t Tell
Read Janice’s article, “The Value of a Good Proofreader,” which discusses her experience working with me

I hope you realize that every time you send edits to the newsletter
you are teaching me! Sure you catch things that I just didn’t see,
but you also see those things that did not register as errors to me. . . .
Many of your suggestions spur me on to look up the “rule”
and learn the correct way to write it!

Heather Montgomery, publisher, Southern Breeze News

I thank you for all you have done to get these drafts ready for layout.
You have done an amazing job with very rough copy.
– Beth Day, communications director, Southern Regional Education Board

As a non-profit, we often rely on volunteers for editing
and proofreading. We were amazed that even after our best
volunteers had reviewed our newsletter, Dori found corrections
and made changes and suggestions that no one else had noticed.
She always met our deadlines and is very professional to work with.
– Karen Paz, The Amit Program

Inquire

For more information about my editorial services and a rate quote, contact me at dori-at-dorikleber-dot-com, or via the Contact page.