with book editing clients

What I Do

I offer developmental editing for novels, short story collections, memoirs, essay collections, and general nonfiction (how-to, self-help, business, etc.). This means that I critique the work with a focus on storytelling technique, meaning, and structure, with an eye toward revision.

I can also be a Book Doctor for your book, combining my editing expertise with some ghostwriting to help you take your manuscript from first draft to final draft.


What I Don't Do

I don't copyedit or proofread. Developmental editing focuses on the Big Picture (not spelling and grammar).

I can, however, refer you to some excellent copy editors if you email me.

Book Editing Process

Here's my process for planning book editing projects:

1. You tell me about your project by answering a few quick questions.

2. (Optional) You can email me ten pages for a free mini consultation consisting of marginalia and a brief critique.

3. (Optional) You can book a call with me to chat more about your book and what you're looking for.

4. If you're interested in moving forward after your mini consultation, I'll email you a project proposal. The proposal will include the schedule, deliverables*, rates, and contract terms. This effectively functions as a contract.

* Book editing clients receive a comprehensive editorial letter of 10-12 pages, detailed marginalia, and a 60-minute conversation by phone, video conference, or in-person meeting. Rates vary depending on manuscript length and timeline.

5. At this point, we might sign the contract as is, or discuss some new terms and sign a revised contract.

6. Once we sign the agreement, I'll invoice you and you'll pay a deposit (a percentage of the rate) to schedule work with me.

7. When the deposit is paid, I'll schedule your project!

8. You'll send me your manuscript so I can begin editing on schedule.

More About How I Work

  • I can do in-person consultations in New York City. Otherwise, we can talk over video chat or phone.
  • I am an independent contractor. When you hire me, you are entering into contract with my company, Brittany Goss, LLC.
  • I use QuickBooks to invoice clients. You can pay me online using ACH transfer or credit card, and I'll absorb the fees.

Want me to edit your manuscript? Tell me about your book!