Editorial Services Available

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Writers often don’t realize how much a good editor can help their writing career. We all know and appreciate that fresh eyes are necessary to catch all of the little things that we miss once we’ve read a manuscript dozens of times.

But writers sometimes need support throughout the writing process—not just at the end.

The Writer’s Craft offers a full range of services for writers from brainstorming the concept to completing the final touches on the submission package.


Manuscript Development -- Brainstorming

Manuscript Evaluation -- Critique

Line Edits and Critiques




Full Line Edits and Critiques:

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This is the most complete editorial service we offer. It is a good choice for writers who have already reworked their manuscripts on their own and perhaps again, with the help of a good critique group.

It provides the writer with a line-by-line edit as well as a general critique.

Free Sample Edit

Finding the right editor for your work is a very personal experience. You've put a lot of time and effort into your story. You've probably sacrificed time that you could have spent with your kids or significant other or maybe just sleeping. Your story is like a child that you send out into the world and hope you've done enough for him to succeed. Who will you trust to bring out the best in your baby?

I do understand this and I want you to be completely confident that my editing style will suit your needs.


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First Chapter or Editing Sample

You’ve finished reworking your first chapter and you feel good about it but wonder if other people will feel the same way. Have you chosen the best perspective for your story?

Your first chapter has the most important job of all. It must grab the reader and pull him into the story. It has to raise questions and tweak the reader’s curiosity. Have you set your story up in the most dynamic way possible? Does the first chapter do its job of setting the story in motion and allowing the reader to identify with the hero? MORE

Full Manuscript Line Edit and Critique

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A good edit can make all the difference.

You have worked on your manuscript for months or maybe even years. You’ve seen it improve. Your friends applaud your efforts. Your critique partners have provided input and you have rewritten it several times. Yet, you suspect that it isn’t as good as it could be. You need unbiased and knowledgeable help.

  • Perhaps you continue to get rejection slips. You know that your manuscript needs work, but you aren’t sure what to do to improve it.
  • Perhaps you are intent on self publishing and you want your book to be as good as it can be. You need an extra set of eyes to review your manuscript and eliminate any errors.
  • Many of vanity presses will offer copy edits, but not full substantive line edits and you want your book to be grammatically correct and a pleasure to read.
  • Or maybe you are writing to preserve a story for your family, and you want it to be memorable for its content; you want to produce a strong, readable story.
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Submission Package Edit and Critique

You’ve spent a season or a year or maybe several years writing your novel. You’ve poured yourself into the pages, giving them the best you have in you. Then you spent endless hours reviewing, rewriting and polishing. It can be a bit daunting to realize that getting your novel read by the agent or editor depends entirely on that query letter or submission package.

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Manuscript Development

Brainstorming the Concept

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Feeling Stuck?

You’ve come up with a great premise for your story. You’ve written some of it and you may even have an idea of how you want it to end. But you aren’t sure how to get there. You are having difficulties with the middle part.

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Premise Evaluation --The Real Beginning

You have a great idea for a novel, but you aren’t sure how to execute it.

Or maybe you have a few ideas for novels and aren’t sure which one has more potential. MORE

Submission Package Development

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Are you having difficulty with the transition from novel to submission package? Need some help?

You’ve spent a season or a year or longer writing your novel. You’ve poured yourself into the pages, making them the best you have in you.

It can be a bit daunting to realize that getting your novel read by the agent or editor depends entirely on that query letter or submission package. MORE




Manuscript Evaluation – Critique

This affordable book critique service is for writers who have completed an early draft or who have just started their manuscript and want a critique on their first chapter and synopsis or outline.


Full or Partial Manuscript

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You’ve finished your first draft. Perhaps you feel there are problems with your plot or your character motivations or maybe you just want to tighten the structure, but you aren’t sure where to start. You are too close to it.

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Outline Evaluation

You’re still in the early stages of writing your novel. You have an outline for the story you want to tell and have written a chapter or two but you aren’t sure if the plot is believable. Are the characters’ motivations realistic in the circumstances? Is your ending too predictable? MORE

First Chapter

You’ve finished your first chapter. Of course you think it’s a great idea but will other people feel the same way. Have you chosen the best perspective for your story?

Your first chapter has the most important job of all. It has to grab the reader and pull him into the story. It has to raise questions and tweak the reader’s curiosity. It has to promise something. Have you set your story up in the most dynamic way possible? Does the first chapter do its job of setting the story in motion and allowing the reader to identify with the hero?

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Full Line Edits and Critiques
Manuscript Development -- Brainstorming
Manuscript Evaluation -- Critique


The Writer's Craft -- Editorial Services

We would be happy to help you with your editorial needs. Please fill in the following form and we will contact you within 48 hrs.

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Sherry Wilson's step-by-step method helped me organize my thoughts and transform a simple idea into a full-fledged plot. Without her help and guidance, I'd still be walking around with just another "great idea for a story."

Thanks to Sherry, though, I've published three novels and know there are more on the way!

~ Debi Faulkner, Summoning, LilyPad Princess and Murphy's Law


"Sherry is extremely professional and knowledgeable in this field. She is an expert on delivering punchy openings, developing engaging conflict and has the ability to view the whole story for structure and overall effect.

As well as being technically proficient in many styles, she also possesses a rich imagination, offering suggestions and alternatives in a way that doesn't impose on the writer's own style.

Her observations are honest and valuable, beyond what many others can give. I highly recommend her."

A. Rigby, Freelance Writer Goldstream, Alaska


"WOW! I have had a quick read of your comments and I must say they are awesome! You are thorough, I like that. Yes, I agree with all of your suggestions for they definitely improve the story. I'm eager now to commence corrections.

I really appreciate the work you've done so far. I'm glad you didn't rush. You provide excellent value for your services."

--Lena Jones


"Sherry Wilson has a deep understanding of the craft of writing and a natural gift for the art of writing. As an editor, she uses both these attributes. Her editing is thorough and precise, encompassing all the craft issues: grammar, sentence structure, active voice and so on. But she goes beyond the basics to find the heart and soul of the story, helping the writer to capitalize on his unique assets.

Being an editor myself, there are not too many people I would trust with my own work. Sherry is one of them."

Sandy Tritt, editor and CEO Inspiration for Writers