You've finished your project, and revised it until you can't look at it one more time. But is it ready to submit to a publisher or agent? Ask yourself some questions:

For Nonfiction Writers: Is your voice consistent throughout? Does your tone fit your message and book title? Are your sentences bloated? Do your word choices, metaphors, and similes agree or conflict with your tone? Are you repeating yourself in mirrored chapters? Have you tied up all your loose ends?
For Memoir Writers: Does your memoir read like a journal or newspaper? Have you put enough emotional distance between what you've written and the actual period of your memoir, or has this become your revenge? Does it have universal appeal?
For Fiction Writers: Are your characters multi-dimensional and distinct? Have you maintained energy throughout the manuscript? Do your settings and descriptions touch all the reader's senses? Are you head hopping with viewpoints? Have you derailed your story with too many sub-plots and needless characters? Do your characters all sound alike?

If you aren't sure how to answer these questions, you could probably use some help.

I charge $3 per double-spaced page. At $3 per double-spaced page, for instance:

For articles and single book chapters:

For devotionals

Why JRH Editing?

Why should you consider JRH Editing? What sets me apart from other editors? That's not as easy to answer as I'd thought it would be. But a friend and fellow writer suggested I say something about my "holistic approach." I liked that. So here goes; When I first read a client's work, I'm strictly a reader; I'm curious and expecting great and mighty things. I hope to be entertained and emotionally moved or challenged to think and prompted to act. Then...

Through an editor's eye, I comb the second read, untangling the messy parts and braiding its sections into its intended weave. I'm also testing the flow, plucking out any word or metaphor that's sticking out like a wild hair on an old woman's face (not pretty). Any editor can find the grammar mistakes and missing commas; I like to think I find those too.

I take in the whole picture: message, voice, tone, word and metaphor choices...everything must be what my old acting director used to call "on a dime." My translation of his term would be that the performance is to be nuanced with subtle explosions of power. (Hmm, I like that.) In writing, that means sentences and dialogue that burst with images and stir something deep within the reader. It means that your prose is artful, tasteful, and purposeful: each word plays a definitive role. If not, it's outta there!

On my third time through (yes, I read manuscripts three times), I begin to hear where the author is holding back emotionally, where the voice is coming through as genuine or forced, where...let's just say that I'm zeroing in more on the author at this point, to be perfectly honest. Because what and who we are will make its way to the words on the paper, right? It can't be helped. (Heaven protect us!) I think I can tell when an author has more to reveal or when he is revealing too much. You don't have to take my word; read what others have to say. But just to make things perfectly clear...

 

What I Am, What I Am Not

I am:

between a developmental and substantive editor (am sometimes both), depending on the manuscript or screenplay, consulting with a writer on how to reorganize for content and structure, brainstorming for a deeper, more satisfying story arc.

Included in this service is what I call a "complete treatment", which is an extensive analysis of characters, setting, dialogue, point of view, conflict, etc. (We talk about what is working in the manuscript and what is not.)

I am:

a writing coach who takes an article, devotional, and single book chapters (fiction and non-fiction) and finds the ambiguities and redundancies and laggings that slow the work down.  I will re-organize awkward sentences and resituate, even eliminate paragraphs that veer from the point.  I also provide multiple explanations for my suggestions and revisions, and rules to back up my suggestions.  This helps a newer writer not only to learn the craft by why something works or doesn't work.  I will look for grammar, spelling, punctuation, clichés, jargon, and other bad habits of style.  I really love helping a writer to recognize their writing voice.

I am not:

a fast checker or reference checker or proof reader.  I do no marketing, nor do I write queries or proposals.

Once we are finished you will still need one or more of the types of editing I do not provide.

Polishing a work is a tedious job.  It takes the perseverance of Job and multiple revisions to boot.  And hey, if you are new to writing and looking for a community of writers consider looking into Inspire Christian Writers, a non-profit organization that "exists to provide a network of support, encouragement, education, and spiritual growth for Christian writers.  Our writers minister biblical truths with excellence, clarity, and love, to transform lives and the publishing industry."  Inspire Christian Writers has on line critique groups, as well as physical groups, throughout Northern California.

Why Re-Edits?

You have received your first edit from JRH Editing and have since made all your revisions. But now you wonder if everything reads as it should. A re-edit seems to be the right direction to go in. (Often, even more than one re-edit is necessary.) But following that first revision, when all your re-writing has been tidied up and trimmed down, it forces other problems out of hiding.

"Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain." - Ely Wiesel

Writing is a process. A grueling process of returning to the work, tightening it up; weeding words out, and switching things around; of murdering clichés and of finding, then refining, your voice along the way.

So! - If you are ready for some coaching...if you want to be mentored...if you are ready to send in some work, see "How to Format Your Submission".

JRH Editing is ready to walk you through the challenge of revisions that ultimately lead to great writing.

How to Format Your Submission

To submit  please follow the directions listed below. If you do not know how to format your work, let me know and I can help you. Please send you work as an attachment to jennifer@jrhediting.com

Your submission should have: