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 contact me.

2. I'll ask you some first questions over email, and then we'll probably book a call to see if we'd enjoy working together.

3. If it seems like a good fit, I'll write a project proposal and email it to you within 2-3 business days. The project proposal will include the scope of work, deliverables*, proposed deadlines, and rates.

3. If you like the proposal, I'll prepare a contract for us.

4. 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.

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

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


* 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.

More About How I Work

  • I can do in-person consultations in New York City. Otherwise, we can talk over Skype or phone.
  • I am an independent contractor. When you hire me, you're entering into contract with my company, Brittany Goss, LLC.
  • I use 17Hats to invoice clients. This makes it easy to pay online using a no-fee ACH transfer!

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