Manuscript Editing

Full Consultation Service

Creative feedback that will help you to identify the gaps in your stories, within your plots and characters, and discover how to fill these gaps.

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What is Manuscript Editing?

Manuscript Editing

Whether you’re writing a novel, short story collection, memoir, book of essays, you’ll utilize universal storytelling elements. These include theme, setting, dialogue, character and plot development, point of view, voice, as well as some lesser-known, but no less important, aspects of craft such as atmosphere, intrigants, flashback, narrative strategy, and, of course, structure. My edits will take your manuscript to the next draft, bringing you closer to a polished piece of writing that’s ready for publication or/and performance.

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Comprehensive consultations: How the editorial process works

My heavy creative feedback will pinpoint problems within your work, areas that may confuse or put off readers, and offer suggestions for improvement with a focus on story structure, pacing, character arcs, and plot development.

Rest assured that I will not attempt to dictate the direction of your work and will only guide you in the direction(s) your work is headed. I will help you discover what your work is trying to become.

Written feedback will be provided in the form of margin comments, line edits, and editorial letters, via Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature.

I also offer a one-hour video or phone conference to the discuss your work and to address any questions or concerns you may have. 

My rates

Base price for comprehensive manuscript editing consultations, which includes a close reading of your manuscript, editorial feedback, line edits, and a one-hour video or phone conference, is:

$1,500 for comprehensive consultations for manuscripts of 350 pages and fewer.

If your manuscript is much shorter than 300 pages or is longer than 400 pages, I’m always happy to discuss your specific project, to discover your writerly needs, before we settle on an appropriate fee.

Sample edits

I will be happy to provide sample edits at $5 per page up to two pages. 

“For the past 5 years that I have known Bernard, I’ve been truly impressed with how they approached editing. Whether their editing my work or if we’re working together on editing a writer’s submission to The Nervous Breakdown, I’m always amazed by the way that Bernard edits not just for the glaring issues, but attends to the little things that make a huge impact.

They’re also really great at being honest with the writer, as well as cheering them on. A true professional and a very supportive editor, I feel blessed that I get to work with Bernard.​”

Chelsey Clammer

Author of BodyHome and Circadian

How to work with me

Get in touch

To find out more about working with me please contact me here using the form provided and tell me more about what you are looking for.

I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope you’re safe and well.


Virtual Consultation

I offer an optional one hour virtual consultation with each service I provide to discuss your work. We can add more time if you need.

$50 for 30 minutes

Accommodations for Financial Hardships

Times are hard for everyone, even if you’re wealthy, but most people aren’t wealthy, so I’m always happy to make payment arrangements.

Feel free to contact me by email:

“Bernard is a careful, supportive editor. They gently reminded me of basic things (like being specific) while also showing me more sophisticated uses of the structure I was working in, thereby improving the overall aesthetic experience of my piece, including opening the door to more humor.”

Anca Szilágyi

Author of Daughters of the Air