Services

Wells Editing offers a range of services to help writers where they need it most. Which one is right for you?

I enjoy working on a variety of projects. If yours isn’t listed here, just ask.

  • Novels and short stories
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Memoir and biography
  • Personal essays
  • General nonfiction—travel, nature, music, food, family, history, art, technology
  • Screenplays

For rate information, please see my Fee schedule.

LITERARY EDITING

You’ve completed a manuscript. Congratulations! Now comes the work of refining it and making it the best it can be.

I’ll help you determine what level of editorial help your project needs:

Developmental editing is a comprehensive process of evaluating a project for its strengths and weaknesses in all areas of the writing—story, narrative design, characters, language, dialogue, setting, and more—and recommending ways for the author to revise. The developmental edit includes two or more rounds of written notes and ongoing support by phone or email.

Line editing strengthens the readability and impact of any project where a full-blown developmental edit isn’t necessary. Line editing focuses on the paragraph and sentence levels to improve your current project and show you how to raise your writing skills for the next project. Line editing examines the rhythm and flow of the words, weeds out passive construction, tightens or expands the work to its ideal length, and occasionally, perhaps, works magic.

If your current priority is to develop your writing craft and writing voice, line editing may be the right approach for you.

That said, the most important thing I can do for you as an editor is to deliver clean copy.

Copyediting engages the editor’s eye for detail to polish the mechanics, punctuation, word choice, and presentation of the piece while maintaining the author’s unique voice.

For narrative projects, the backbone of this work is The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition.

For screenplays, we refer to standard industry format guides, such as Dave Trottier’s Dr. Format, and a good dictionary.

STORY DEVELOPMENT

Maybe you have a killer idea for your book or screenplay but aren’t sure how to bring it to life. Or you’re halfway through and at a crossroads—you know how you want it to end but aren’t sure how to get there.

With story development, we’ll explore the foundations of storytelling—structure, character journeys, linear and nonlinear timelines, and more—and brainstorm multiple “what if” scenarios until you find the one that clicks.

Whatever stage your work is in, I’m here to help.

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