SHORT STORY EDITING

 

There is a saying that writing is rejection. That's true: everyone has been rejected many times. But over time those form rejections should turn into personal rejections and eventually become acceptances. Do you feel stuck in your journey to publication? If so, let us help! If you're submitting your work for publication you know that only the top 1 - 2% of all submissions are accepted by literary journals and literary agents. Those are long odds, and we want to help you improve them. 

The Editing Process

Let us help you refine and revise your work before you send it out or query literary agents. We specialize in the developmental edit, and look closely at the basic elements of craft that any story needs so that the narrative doesn't fall apart.

We'll stay true to YOUR vision for what the work is and should be. We'll attend to your voice and style and get granular, providing sentence-level editing as well as big-picture notes that you need for a final polish. We'll focus on what makes your story unique, amplifies your voice, and leaves an impression on readers, such as Character, Plot/Outer Story, Inner Story, Pacing, Voice, Setting, Emotion, Point of View, Dialogue, and any other elements of craft that need to be discussed.

After one of our instructors finishes reading your story, they'll write an in-depth letter between 2-3 pages outlining the strengths and weaknesses. We'll offer more than just specific advice on how to improve the story, though; we'll provide a road map forward so that you can survive the next draft and forge a path to publication.

Why Trust Us With Your Work?

Our instructors have years of editing experience and are professional writers; their books have been published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Simon &  Schuster, Harper Perennial, Gallery, FaithWords/Hachette, The University of Arkansas Press, A Strange Object, Acre Books, Black Lawrence Press, and have won the Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction and the Black River Chapbook Competition.

Our Instructors have also had their work widely published by great magazines, maybe the same magazines you're hoping to submit to and find publication in their pages: Tin House, McSweeney's, New York MagazineThe Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, ZYZZYVA, Electric Literature, VICE, 2018 Pushcart Prize Anthology,The Rumpus, Short Fiction, BOMB, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Sun, The Southern Review, New England Review, American Short Fiction, Glimmer Train, Georgia Review, Cincinnati Review, Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, Gettysburg Review, Redivider, Green Mountains Review, Pleiades, Black Warrior Review, Black Clock, The Los Angeles Review, Boston Review, Catapult, Hazlitt, The Toast, Ninth Letter, The Iowa Review, The Colorado Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Vol. 1 Brooklyn,
The Best Small Fictions, and The Masters Review, to name just a few. 

To get your short fiction and creative non-fiction to the next level it helps to receive professional editing. With so many writers vying for publication you need to make sure your work has received the attention it needs before you spend hours researching markets, writing cover letters, and staring at your e-mail hoping to receive an acceptance from an editor or offer of representation from an agent. 

Our Pricing

We'd love to work with you! Our pricing is straight forward and based on industry standard rates.

Short Stories 5,000 Words or less: $250

Short Stories between 5,000 - 8,000 words: $350

If you're ready, we're ready. Simply introduce yourself by clicking on the button below and we'll get to work! And feel free to let us know if you have any questions. We're happy to start a dialogue and see where it leads!

And if you're looking for novel editing, we offer that too. Just click here.