Comment

Through detailed written comments, I make specific suggestions for strengthening your draft’s structure, argument, and voice.

I engage you in a conversation about your work in progress through both a headnote letter and marginal comments. In the headnote letter, I seek to pinpoint what your draft does especially well, restate your argument in my own words so that you can see if the draft communicates what you’re aiming to convey, and highlight my key suggestions for substantive revision or restructuring.

My marginal comments track my reading process, noting passages I found particularly effective, asking questions about any passages whose meaning was unclear to me, and making revision suggestions large and small. Comments are just that; they do not involve editing or me making any changes to your draft myself.

Comment + Consult

This combination is especially useful for writers who are drafting or revising a book manuscript and have few concerns about the writing process.

I write comments on your chapter draft and then we consult about revision strategies for that chapter. The consultation thus becomes a chance to talk through both my questions and suggestions and your own concerns about the chapter. Our goal is for you to leave each session with a concrete sense of the revised version you’re aiming for and the specific changes you’ll make to get there.

Comment + Edit 

This combination is a good option for writers who have a complete book manuscript draft and prefer written comments over consultation. I write comments on your draft, you revise, and then I edit the revised version on the sentence level.

Here are some examples of how I’ve used written comments to work with writers: