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 performed a developmental edit of the first draft of my first novel.  She was direct about cost, timing and what I could expect to receive from her.  She produced an editor’s letter that was detailed, thorough and extremely thoughtful.  It was  clear from her notes that she focused fully on the story and character elements, while at the same time paying careful attention to the technical aspects.  Her recommendations, sometimes by way of example and sometimes in the form of suggestion, were instructive and very helpful.  She identified some structural weaknesses in my manuscript of which I had been completely unaware.  Having addressed them with her advice, I believe the book is immeasurably improved.  My experience working with Julia was 100% positive; I am certain that I have been spoiled forever.” – Jill Block

“It’s hard to find a good manuscript development editor who knows the book publishing business, understands what makes a good story, and allows a writer their own style without intrusion. Julia Dahl is all of these things and more. She is quick, detailed and provides an elegant editorial letter that clearly catalogs a book’s strengths and weaknesses. Even better, Julia does it in a way that is supportive and energizing. I would highly recommend her to any writer who needs professional’s eye. I will be working with her agin I am certain.” – Ann Garvin, author of I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around

“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

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