I offer freelance editing and sensitivity reading (no short stories, graphic novels, picture books, or nonfiction, please). I pride myself on my attention to detail and structure alike, as well as my accessibility, friendliness, and humor. My edits will push you to make your materials the best they can be without encroaching on your vision.
More detailed information about me is on my About page, but in summary: I’m a YA writer represented by Heather Flaherty at The Bent Agency, and I’ve interned with Stonesong, Entangled Publishing, and a literary agent.
My services, pricing, and contact form are below. Please do get in touch if you have any questions. I can’t wait to work with you!
Note: I only work with YA and MG, though I’m open to all genres in those categories.
What I offer:
Query edit: $10 (one round; any additional rounds are $5)
What I’ll do: Edit everything from structure and format to diction and punctuation. Offer a thorough critique pointing out areas that need improvement and offering long strings of exclamation points when I love something. Make sure every word counts—and shines.
Reader’s report: $0.002/word (for example, $100 for 50,000 words)
What I’ll do: Drawing upon my two and a half years of internship experience writing these for agents and editors, I’ll review your full manuscript and write a two-page (at least) reader’s report. This will break down what works in your manuscript, what doesn’t, and how to improve. If you have specific areas you’re concerned about (e.g. pacing, a certain troublesome plot thread, character consistency, etc.), please let me know in advance so I can make sure to incorporate them in the reader’s report.
Partial manuscript edit: $0.004/word (for example, $120 for 30,000 words)
What I’ll do: Everything I do for full manuscript edits, but laser-focused on helping you make the best first impression possible with readers, agents, and editors. (Please note that I will only edit partials up to 30,000 words. If you want edits on more of your project, choose a full manuscript edit.)
Full manuscript edit: $0.005/word (for example, $250 for 50,000 words)
What I’ll do: Review your full manuscript, leaving suggestions, questions, and hearts via Word’s track changes feature. Note every problem area I find and suggest how to fix them. Ensure you walk away happy with your manuscript.
If you’ve done your research and want to get an #ownvoices perspective on your manuscript, I’d love to help. I’m more than happy to answer as many questions as you have, free of charge, after you’ve reviewed my notes. Here’s what I can provide sensitivity reading feedback on: queerness (gay cisgender man), depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and psychosis (auditory hallucinations).
Full manuscript sensitivity read for 60,000 to 100,000 words: $250
For manuscripts below 60k or above 100k, contact me through the form below to negotiate rates.
“I found Mark after hearing glowing reviews of his work from multiple colleagues and am so glad I did! Mark was thorough, thoughtful, professional and extremely prompt. His insights were invaluable, and I highly recommend his skills for whatever project you’re working on. ”
“Mark’s sensitivity read was exactly what I needed before diving into revisions. He not only provided careful feedback pinpointing specific areas that would benefit from adjustment and why, but his overall editorial suggestions were equally helpful in determining what I needed to address in my next round of revisions. I definitely recommend Mark for writers looking for professional feedback to help guide them while reworking their manuscripts, and would happily work with him again.”
—Ava Jae, author of the Beyond the Red trilogy (Sky Pony Press/Skyhorse Publishing)
“Working with Mark was one the best choices that I made during the process of writing Hold! I originally contacted him as a sensitivity reader, and his feedback on that front was exceptional, but he also provided thoughtful suggestions about characterization and voice that were invaluable during the revision process. Hire Mark. You won’t regret it!”
—Rachel Davidson Leigh, author of HOLD (Duet Books/Interlude Press)
Please submit your initial information through the form below. I require at least half of the total payment at the time you book your editorial service in order to secure your place in my schedule. I can only refund initial payments, and this is only in cases where I haven’t yet started editing or reading.
For sensitivity reading, please indicate your manuscript’s word count and the area(s) on which you’d like to see feedback.
*Note: I cannot guarantee you will sign with an agent or be offered a contract with a publishing house as a result of receiving and incorporating my edits.