Wells Editing offers a wide range of services to meet your needs—

  • Literary editing
  • Story development
  • Archival services


WELLS EDITING offers three levels of editing: developmental, line, and copy. Which one is right for you?

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.

I enjoy working on a wide range 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, architecture, history, art, film, photography, popular science, tech, and more

Line editing will strengthen 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 the rhythm and flow of the words, weed out passive construction, and tighten or expand the work to its ideal length. 

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. The backbone of this work is The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition.


Sometimes a fiction writer senses that the story isn’t working on some fundamental level. With story development, we explore the foundations of storytelling—character journeys, archetypes, classic and alternative structures, linear and nonlinear timelines, and more—to see where your story can grow.