Editing and Coaching



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.

Please note: Kelly will be accepting a limited number of authors' manuscripts to work on after the first of 2024. Please contact Kelly at KellyDwyer0077@gmail.com for details. 


 As an instructor at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, what Kelly said at the conference table – I’ll remember forever – was something pivotal. After that nudge, it was like the dam burst and a new character came to life.  … That was a great class.... As an editor, Kelly saved my novel. I spent almost three months picking apart that story because I had no idea what was wrong with it. Kelly figured it out in less than an hour.  How she explained why I might be “stuck” in my novel during our conference together was a lightbulb moment for me. --Heidi Hostetter, author of The Shore House and the forthcoming The Jersey Girl

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: $10 per 250 words (250 words= 1 page).

Please note that the Editorial Freelance Association's suggested rates for developmental editing is $10 per page at 250 words per 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 moderate copyediting is included in the general critique. More thorough copyediting is an additional charge as needed/determined, price = $100/hour. Estimates will be given in advance.)

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 Zoom, 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 



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 work with you until you achieve your definition of success.
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.
  • Email and Zoom or phone sessions in which we discuss elements of the novel, your submissions, plot outlines, etc.  
Rates: $100/hour.

I can't wait to discuss your novel with you!



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