Are you in need of fresh eyes on your story? Need to know if your characters are all they can be? That your story flows? That you’ve nailed the all important GMC? Whether traditionally publishing or publishing on your own, making sure all your story elements are in alignment is paramount to your success.
Hang on, though. Let’s be clear: there’s a difference between a COPY/LINE editor and a CONTENT editor. I’m the latter. A CONTENT EDITOR looks for details, loose threads, and consistency within your story (what works, what doesn’t and if something doesn’t, why it doesn’t). I’m all about the Motivation, POV, Character, Plot, Setting, Description…you get the idea. Everything that comes before a copy editor.
I have two main rules when it comes to editing:
Download a PDF copy of my Editing Check List here.
**Please note, for historical romance, I am not a fact checker.
***Please note, if your book is part of a series, plan on providing me with either the previous books or enough information so I know how they affect your current project.
Before we commit to editing your ENTIRE book, we’ll do a test run (10 or 30 pages, your choice) focusing on, among other things, goal, motivation, and conflict. If, at the conclusion of those edits you decide you’d like me to edit your entire book, the amount you paid for either of those “tests” will be deducted from the final cost of a full manuscript edit.
GMC Eval/Partial Test Run
FULL Manuscript Content Editing:
Turnaround time will vary depending on project/schedules. Contact me with your scheduling questions or concerns. Average turnaround time is 1-2 weeks on partials/test runs, 4-6 weeks on full manuscripts. Faster turnaround times negotiable for an additional charge.
Payment for full manuscripts will be invoiced to author based on word count information provided. 50% payment required for scheduling. Balance due when edit is complete and ready for return.
Have a new idea, but need to lock down your characters’ GMC? I can help! Together we’ll work through the process via email exchanges and get you on your way to a well-rounded and solid story.
This package includes my GMC Conflict Development email exchange AND an a follow-up evaluation of the first 25 pages of your book.
Payments for partial/test runs, One-on-one GMC Development, and GMC Evaluation package special due at time of booking.
Payments for FULL manuscripts are invoiced in two parts: 50% up front, the balance due once you’re notified the edit is complete and ready to be returned.
All payments are conducted through via PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use the service.
Contact Anna if you prefer to pay by check. Information will be provided.
Partial refunds offered on a case by case basis and only under special circumstances.
I’m always available for follow-up questions you might have about my editing suggestions.
I will send you a detailed document outlining my suggestions and thoughts on a chapter by chapter basis. Where necessary, I will also include comments within the document itself using Microsoft Word Track Changes and Comments. Submissions should be made as a Word .doc or .docx, double spaced TNR or NC 12 pt. font (standard submission format). Every effort will be made to return your edits in a timely manner.
Questions or comments? Email Anna for more information or to inquire about scheduling your edit!
**Disclaimer: This service provides suggested recommendations to improve author’s story. Any changes made to the story subsequent to these suggestions are the sole responsibility of the author. All material edited will remain completely confidential.
“Anna’s understanding of story structure and her creativity helped save a story I was stuck on. Anna’s insight helped me produce a well-rounded, satisfying read.”
~USA Today Bestselling Author Melinda Curtis
“Anna’s keen grasp of the demands of story gave me insight into what was strong in my work and what still needed work. Her gentle touch and humor provided great guidance right when and where I needed it.”
~National Bestselling Author Eileen Rendahl
“Before Anna’s magic touch, my plot lacked direction. I was at a loss and close to abandoning the project. Anna breathed new life into my book. Her comments were pertinent, insightful and encouraging, and her advice resonated with me in a way that made me see what my story was really about.”
~Author Carmen Fox
“Anna J. Stewart has a keen eye for what works and what doesn’t work in a manuscript. Her attention to detail pointed out many opportunities where I could enhance my book and take it from acceptable to exceptional.”
Anna J Stewart is a USA Today and national bestselling author of sweet to spicy contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A lover of storytelling and romance, she graduated from CSU Sacramento with a BA in English and spent a number of years working as personal assistant to NYTimes Bestselling author Brenda Novak where she helped run Brenda’s annual online charity auction for diabetes research. She’s a long-time member of Romance Writers of America, a three-time past president of her local RWA chapter, a former Golden Heart finalist, and has given numerous workshops on character and plot development. Anna’s THE WRITER’S BOX articles, which are regularly featured on the USA Today HEA Blog, discuss how she uses her TV and movie obsession to enhance and guide her writing. While she’s worked extensively with numerous USA Today and award-winning authors, she’s currently expanding her client base of those needing a comprehensive, thoughtful, and constructive analysis of their book.