Editing Services

I am now accepting requests to edit authors' novel and short story manuscripts.

Services provided include content, line, and copy editing. My fee also includes consultation on book marketing and self-publishing strategies.

Rates depend on various factors such as length, deadline, etc. However, I understand the challenges of the market, and I always strive to offer competitive rates.

If you would like your work professionally edited by a Campbell Award finalist and Dragon Award winner, please contact me here.

Submission Guidelines:
Each novel and short story should be submitted as a single document in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.

The text should be double-spaced in an easily readable 12 point font such as Times New Roman, Courier New, or Calibri. There should be no extra spaces between paragraphs.

Note: An editor is not a proofreader. All manuscripts should be checked for basic spelling and grammar errors prior to submission. Though I will correct any such errors I find, please at least run a simple spellcheck before sending in your MS.

Authors are strongly advised to make their books as polished as possible--preferably based on early reader feedback--before submitting them for editing. The first draft is for your eyes only.

My job is to work with you to produce the best possible version of your book. All edits are suggestions. Final decision-making power rests with the author.

Client Testimonial
Note: the following review is both voluntary and unsolicited. No considerations, editorial or otherwise, were offered at all. This was my first time preparing anything for publication, so this was my first editorial experience. Here are my reactions:

1. Brian was always both professional and courteous in all of his interactions with me.

2. If he says he is going to do something, he does it.

3. My story was very thoroughly edited. Not a bit was skimmed over, let alone skipped. Everything was scanned.

4. I found the edits exceedingly useful, and, for the most part, entirely clear.

5. Where things were not entirely clear, I was able to ask, and the subsequent answers were very clear.

6. Brian told me what I did right and was very encouraging, both in initial comments and in the Q/A exchanges afterwards. The tone was never 'This is wrong!' but always 'This is what you did right, and this is how you can make things better.'

7. At the time of this review, I do not know if my story has been accepted for publication or not. If it is not, that is solely my fault. If so, a huge part of it is due to Brian showing me how to make my story better. Either way, my goal was to submit a story to the anthology and not be embarrassed by it. With Brian's help, I met that goal.

Overall, I am completely satisfied with how things went, and recommend without hesitation or reservation.

If you're interested, feel free to send me an email at soulcyclebooks@gmail.com.


  1. Will you allow .odt formats (from OpenOffice and LibreOffice) as well? If not, no worries since both OO and LO will translate to the three formats you specified.

    1. Good question. I've tried .odt documents but had trouble with them, so I strongly prefer .doc, .docx, and .rtf.