Helene’s insightful feedback gave me the push I needed to deepen my characters’ arcs, solve plot problems, and squeeze more emotion out of each scene. She’s extremely thorough and asks great questions. Helene also excels in figuring out where your story should begin if you’re not sure it’s starting in the right place, which is crucial when trying to snag an agent or editor’s attention.
— Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Fingers Crossed (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, 2018)

Helene is everything I could want in an editor—her feedback on pacing and prose is spot-on, and her insights into characterization are nothing short of magical. Her comments have pushed me to take my novels further and deepen character motivation and emotion. She’s quick to praise and not afraid to tell me when something needs work—I can’t recommend her highly enough!
— - Beth Hull, Agented by Logan Garrison at Gertner Group

Helene has an impeccable eye for character development, strengthening dialogue, and visualizing a story’s potential to take it to the next level.
— - Shyla Stokes, Agented by Mandy Hubbard at Emerald City Literary Agency

Do you want to take your manuscript to the next level, but aren’t sure where to start?

Would you like your characters to jump off the page, but don’t know how to go about deepening your reader's connection?

Is something in your plot or structure "not quite right", but you can't put your finger on it?

Are you ready to query and want one last set of eyes?

I’m currently offering the following services for YOUNG ADULT, NEW ADULT, and select MIDDLE GRADE manuscripts only.

While my focus is usually on contemporary, literary, historical, or paranormal content, I’m happy to work with most fantasy and science fiction. Books with highly religious content may not be a good fit, but please reach out to discuss.

The rates below are current as of October 2016. Please note that I’m currently offering a 10% discount for anyone who submitted to PitchWars this year and a 15% discount to anyone who submitted directly to me. (I'm not sure how long I'll be offering this discount, but please reach out if you'd like to book in advance and I'll schedule you in at this rate).

•    Query letter (2 passes): $15
•    Synopsis (1-3 pages) (2 passes): $30
•    Query and first ten pages (2 passes on the query): $35
•    Query, synopsis, and first ten pages (2 passes on the query and synopsis): $55

These edits focus on character development and arcs, concept, plot, pacing, and voice, and will include a detailed edit letter. 

I also offer additional line editing with comments on word choice, voice and tone consistency, vocabulary options, pacing and structure that are detailed in a more specific way than the bigger picture issues address by an edit letter.

Interested?  Send me a message to check on rates and current availability. I can't wait to hear about your projects!