What you get with this Hourlie
I am a qualified, professional and experienced editor with over a decade of experience in children's publishing: picture books*, chapter books, middle grade, YA and New Adult. I have an MA in Writing for Young People and work full-time mentoring authors either through agencies or independently such as via this site.
You can see more about me on my website: www.kelleytownley.com
I am not a proofreader but a developmental editor (aka substantive, structural, stylistic, content or line editing). I look at things like structure, pacing, plot, tone, character development, target audience suitability etc. I act as a mentor to authors who want to develop their storytelling skills.
This differs from proofreading / copy-editing which mainly looks for technical errors in the text.
NB: THIS HOURLIE DOES NOT COVER COMPLETE PICTURE BOOKS
I have a separate HOURLIE for full picture book critiques:
WHY DO YOU NEED AN EDITOR?
Whether you are planning on self-publishing or submitting to an agent/publisher it is really important to make your book the best it can be before you send it off. Sharing your work with others and getting feedback is a must as often an author is so close to their own work that they can't see where it needs a little help. Friends and family can be great support but when it comes to industry level constructive criticism you need someone with knowledge and experience. This is where I come in.
The children's fiction market is extremely hard to get into and although I can't promise specific results I can help you improve your writing, avoid basic pitfalls and get you nearer the top. You don't want to put months or years into a project only to get bad reviews or a quick rejection because you made an avoidable error.
Send me the first 30 pages of your book (around 7.5k words) and I will produce a report that covers both specific comments on the manuscript and more general thoughts on the story overall.
What you do with this report is completely up to you. I don't pretend to know everything or that following my advice will land you a MEGA deal but not everyone has people around them who have the necessary skills to help us move on with our writing. I do have those skills and can share what I know with you.
I am also nice and friendly to deal with :-)
What the Seller needs to start the work
Please send 30 pages of your written work (around 7.5k words) and ideally a paragraph or two about what you hope to achieve with your book - traditional publishing, or self publish etc.
Excellent feedback and helpful as always.
It was a pleasure working with Kelley. She has done an extremely thorough job. Her editing and report are very helpful indeed. I would highly recommend her. Excellent all round.
She's literally the best!
She did a great job!!! I will use her services again.
Kelley was excellent. She completed the work on time and her report was straightforward, useful, understandable and clear. Will use down the line for further drafts!
She was very helpful and prompt. I will use her again soon. I totally recommend her.
Kelley was an absolute dream to work with. Professional, efficient, speedy.... I could go on. I would definitely recommend her services.
Easy to work with and very insightful. A great help again!
Working with Kelley was great! very quick, great communication and very detailed oriented.
I would highly recommend Kelley.
Great work and gave me a lot to think about, highly recommended