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EDITING SERVICES

A longtime freelance editor, Kelly has helped many clients achieve impressive success, and one of the things Kelly enjoys most in this world is to see her clients' stories and books become published.


TESTIMONIALS

If you want to improve your writing, and ESPECIALLY if you want to get published, you will find no better (or kinder) editor than Kelly Dwyer. I’ve had six short stories published in literary journals in less than a year, thanks to her insightful notes, edits, and suggestions. 
            --Robert Kerbeck, http://robertkerbeck.com/

I can divide my understanding of the novel into two eras: Before Kelly Dwyer; After Kelly Dwyer. BKD, I had some pages that contained some very good writing, if I do say so myself. AKD, those pages finally came together to form a novel (one that won several awards). Kelly and I met as students together in the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and I firmly believe that Kelly’s teaching fills in what is not taught in one of the best writing schools in the world. I have deep admiration for Kelly as a novelist, reader, and teacher. If you have a chance to work with her, consider yourself blessed.
            --BK Loren, Author of Theft, a novel. http://bkloren.com/

Kelly is not only a great writer with a cool sense of humor, but an incredibly patient and loving writing teacher, editor, and mentor. I asked her to edit my manuscript. Her feedback was incredible, and as a result, I’m writing more and more and getting better and better at it.
            --Rhory Kadish Lamboy, http://rhorywriter.com/

Kelly Dwyer is a gift. I'd been stumbling around in the dark for almost a year, trying to turn a short story into a first-time novel. Kelly agreed to walk me through the process. More than anything else, I've learned how to keep my story moving. After working with her for only nine months, I can her hear good-natured constructive critiques in my head while I write (a good thing). I can feel myself writing like a reader, which has improved my writing process. I still feel lost sometimes, but now my novel has direction. With Kelly I know I'll always get back on track!
            --Melissa Ragsdale

I'd been so doubtful of this novel and my abilities to write it. The depth and scope of your critique took my breath away. You took so much time and thought and paid so much attention to details.... I can't thank you enough.

           --L.S., Iowa 


Kelly's Editing Services Include:
·      General Critique with Suggestions/Development. Includes extensive feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of manuscripts. May include elements such as point of view; dialogue; character development; pacing and plot. Also includes Margin Notes, comments in the margins of your manuscript, as to what is and isn’t working, with suggestions for revision. Includes Some Copyediting. Kelly includes some copyediting with all manuscripts, as needed. Cost: $9 per page (250 words= 1 page).

Please note that the Editorial Freelance Association's suggested rates for developmental editing range from a minimum of $9 to a maximum of $55/page. http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php


·      Copy editing. Kelly has taught grammar for many years and is an excellent copyeditor. This service includes line-by-line copyediting, which often takes manuscripts up to a whole new level of sophistication and readability. (Note that minimal to moderate copyediting is included in the general critique. More thorough copyediting is an additional charge as needed/determined, usually an additional $3-5/page.)

Please note that the suggested rate from the Editorial Freelance Association's suggested rates for copyediting range from $3 to $25/page. 


·      Individual workshops and calls. Kelly will meet with writers in person, via Skype, by phone, or through email correspondence to discuss novel ideas, plot outlines, synopses for agents, and any other aspects of the novel or publication process. $100/hour
$150 minimum for all services.
Please contact Kelly Dwyer for availability and more information: KellyDwyer0077@gmail.com 


  

COACHING


My Philosophy, Style, and Experience
                I am committed, fun, hard-working, well organized, and utterly passionate about what I do. My job and passion is for you to achieve success—whatever that means to you—and I will feel successful when you do.
                I have published two novels (with Penguin USA and Hodder & Stoughton, London, with a third novel under contract), have taught Creative Writing for many years (at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, at the University of Wisconsin, and at Oberlin College), and I’ve helped many writers finish and publish numerous stories and novels. Throughout this time, I’ve learned and grown tremendously as a writer, teacher, and editor/coach, and I’m excited to share my knowledge and experience with you.  

What I’ll provide:
  • A free 30-minute consultation. This is time for you to ask questions, to talk about your book and your goals, and for us to make sure we’re a good fit for one another.
  • Full confidentiality. (You retain copyright to your ideas as well as to your words—as well as any ideas we generate together during our sessions.)
  • Support, encouragement, and challenges. I’ll be your greatest cheerleader—and your most pointed provocateur.
  •  Handouts on plot, dialogue, and other elements of the novel, that will include “assignments” which you are free to do (or not) as you find helpful. (These are confidential; see below.)
  • A plan for writing a first draft that will include how to write a successful plot outline, how to put pressure on your inciting incident, how to connect your inciting incident to your climax, and how to make sure your conflict is “weighty” enough to carry a successful and popular novel.
  • Email and Skype/FaceTime/or phone sessions in which we discuss the above.
  • Feedback on your plot outline, your synopsis, short (1-page) “assignments” (such as character arcs etc.), and the first chapter (up to 20 pages).[1]



What you’ll provide:
  • Confidentiality on my handouts (i.e., you are free to discuss what we discuss, but you are not free to share my handouts, either online or in person).
  • You will agree to keep our phone/Skype/Facetime appointments, or cancel them via text within 24 hours at no charge. If you break our appointments without notice, or with less than 24 hours’ notice, you will be charged half of my hourly rate.

Logistics:
  • I’d like to suggest a weekly coaching plan that takes you from plotting your novel to starting to write a successful first draft. This would entail our speaking for an hour on the phone (or Skyping/FaceTiming) each week, your completing short assignments (as well as potentially working on your novel) each week, and my reading and responding to your assignments (via email) each week. We could work together for 3 weeks…13 weeks… however long it would be of benefit to you.

Rates: $100/hour for my time (talking, reading, emailing), can be paid by PayPal or check. Can be paid monthly or weekly in advance, or after each consultation.

















[1] Note that I use the Editorial Freelancers Associations guidelines, which considers 1 page 250 words. 




                              
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