You have a great piece of writing… you think.
Want to be sure? Let’s get in touch.

With a wide range of experience, I offer editorial services to both independent writers and businesses.

My editing experience includes a wide range of texts, with specific examples listed below. No matter the text, I can analyze it professionally and competently. You can learn more about me for information about my academic background and work experience.

Manuscript Assessments

Need someone to take a look at that messy first draft? This service, also sometimes referred to as an “editorial assessment,” will consider your book for its content such as characterization, plot, and style. I will act as an expert reader to confirm that your work is on the right track and provide you with suggestions for improvement on the work’s content before you begin getting that draft ready for publication or submission. I also offer consultation calls after the assessment so we can continue the brainstorming.


Almost ready to hit publish on your work? I can make sure that your text is polished and ready to be viewed by the world with a focus on checking for proper grammar, appropriate punctuation, and accurate spelling.

Line Editing / Copy Editing

Looking for a more detailed edit with suggestions for improvement that consider the whole piece of work and other elements such as characterization, plot points, and flow with some rewrite suggestions? I can provide you with a detailed edit that includes all these elements plus proofreading and an overall assessment on your manuscript.

Consultation Calls

With knowledge of the publication industry and an editorial expertise, I often offer consultation calls to clients looking for further discussion or brainstorming of their work.

As a project manager and admin assistant to high-profile leaders, I also offer consultation calls focused on information and organizational management, based on my academic expertise and experience.

Interested in something not listed?

With tons of skills and interests as related to the publishing industry, I’d love to hear what services you’re interested in and what I can help with! I can provide a mix of proofreading and editing styles, and meet you where you’re at.

Types of Text

Here is a list of the types of text I have edited and proofread in the past:

  • Fiction novels, both general fiction & romance
  • Non-fiction books
  • Poetry manuscripts
  • Children’s novels
  • Blog posts
  • Marketing copy
  • Business documents including RFPs, B2B internal company documents, and client-facing work on behalf of businesses
  • Cover letters and resumes
  • Academic essays
  • Letters of Intent for post-grad programs
  • Manga scripts

No matter your document, I can analyze your work professionally and competently!

Don’t take it from me…

Shelly’s edits were extremely helpful and demonstrated a mastery of grammar and literary convention. Implementing her suggestions made the manuscript into a better work. Her status updates were both timely and informative. Shelly demonstrated consummate diligence in completing a long project ahead of schedule and I really appreciate the time that went into it!

– Jeff W., fiction author

I loved working with Shelly. From the very first point of communication, she was kind, professional, and I felt very comfortable sharing my work with her. The edits and suggestions that Shelly gave were excellent, and I now feel so much more confident submitting my work to a publisher. Thank you so much!

– Lauren M., picture book author

Interested in more testimonials? Check out my testimonials page here.

If you’re not sure whether I’m the right fit for your editing needs, I offer a free sample edit of up to 1,000 words and a free quote.

Generally, for businesses and marketing copy, I bill at a reasonable hourly rate and for longer projects (such as book manuscripts), I bill per word. I’m also happy to work with students and academics at a reasonable project-based rate.

If you’d like to get in touch and learn more, please fill out the contact form below! The information collected on this form is only used to learn more about your work and the best way to contact you, it is not shared with any other individual.

Current Availability: open availability for mid-February.