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"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




Finding the right editor is a very personal experience. You've put a lot of thought, time and effort into your story. You've probably sacrificed time that might have been spent with your kids or significant other.

Your story is like a child that you now must send out into the world. You’ve done your best but suspect that impartial eyes might see something you’ve overlooked--who can you trust to bring out the best in your baby?

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I do understand your anxiety and desire to be successful and I want you to be completely confident that my editing style will suit your needs. Therefore, I have developed a first chapter edit at a much reduced cost for those who are not certain what to expect or for those who want to get a good feel for the edit and critique that they will receive.

I know a search for an editor can be expensive. So I am pleased to offer you a free sample of the first few pages (about 700 words) of your manuscript if it is over 20,000 words.

This will provide a good indication of my style of editing on your actual piece. This is a win/win opportunity. You can decide whether it works for you and whether your project is ready for a final edit, and it gives me the opportunity to determine how I can be of help to you and your project.

To take advantage of this opportunity please fill out the form below.

Please be honest with your inquiries. My prices may fluctuate slightly depending on the degree of editing needed, but they are clearly stated on the page for each service. If you cannot afford to have your book edited, you shouldn't ask for a sample. Think of it as test driving a car. You wouldn't bother test driving cars when you have no intention of buying one.

I say this as one of the last small editors. When you inquire, I'm the one who answers the emails, does the sample, answers your questions, does the edit and/or critique, answers more of your questions, does the edit on your submission package and answers more questions. I don't mind doing a sample for you in the least. I don't even mind if I do that sample and you choose another editor in the end--just so long as you are serious about the inquiry I'm happy to hear from you.



"Sherry is a thorough and insightful editor who not only edited, but counseled me through the final editing of my middle-grade historical novel. I was on a tight timeline, and she was willing to meet it with me. Not only were her reviews professionally done, but she forwarded them to me as she finished each few chapters so I could meet my own deadlines. Talk about competent and reliable! I highly recommend her!"

Ann Marie Mershon BRITTA'S JOURNEY AN EMIGRATION SAGA


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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