Whole manuscript editing

You’ve finished a draft of your book and need an outside eye before sending it to an agent or editor. I will read your book to find story holes, inconsistencies, pacing and character issues, structural problems, and other places where you can improve the work. I will then provide you with a detailed editorial letter. I read as a fan of literature, and with an eye toward what agents and editors will see.


I use “track changes” or an old-fashioned pen to go through your manuscript (or selected chapters) to clean up the language and suggest edits.


You’ve got questions about writing or publishing, and I’ve got answers! Not sure if you should outline your manuscript or just write it out? Unclear on how to query agents? Stuck on a plot problem? No problem is too big or small – and I’ve probably dealt with them myself!


“Julia is an amazing resource of knowledge and an inspiration to her peers and students alike. I know I’m not alone in saying I’m better off for having been mentored by her. She’s as encouraging as she is brilliant.” – Maura Walters, writer/editor

“As a former newspaper reporter, I knew how to write a good crime story. But I wanted to expand my skill set and write about other things for other media outlets so I took a magazine writing class with Julia Dahl. I’m not kidding when I say that the experience with life changing. With the tools, techniques, and guidance she provided, I broke into writing for women’s websites including SheKnows.com and the now defunct iVillage.com, as well as magazines like Connecticut Magazine and Bella Magazine. But more importantly, I was able to develop a career that eventually led to my dream job as senior features editor at a larger newspaper. I can’t say enough good things about how supportive, thoughtful and knowledgeable Julia is!” – Sarah Walker Caron, The Bangor Daily News