Editorial Services

After nearly two decades of writing and editing corporate and non-profit materials, I’m turning my skills and experience toward the creative realm. In addition to my work as a Pitch Wars & Teen Pit mentor and book coach with Author Accelerator, I now offer the following freelance services to those writing for middle grade and young adult audiences:

Query Critiques

Let me help you tighten and strengthen your query. One pass: $25 Three passes: $50

Synopsis Critiques

So many people dread writing a synopsis but it’s not only required by some agents, but also extremely helpful in looking at your story in big-picture terms. Let me help you make sure it contains all the right plot and character details. $.10 per word ($50 for a 500-word synopsis, $75 for 750 words, etc.)

Partial & Full Manuscript Critiques

I will read your partial or full manuscript, noting issues both inline and in a comprehensive edit letter that includes suggestions on everything from use of language to voice, plot, and character. Critiques include one 30-minute call to discuss any additional questions/issues once you’ve had time to review my edit letter and inline notes. $.01 per word ($500 for a 50,000 word manuscript)

* I include a query and synopsis critique in all full manuscript critiques.

Why Should I Hire an Editor?

I help clients who are trying to complete a first draft, learn more about the craft or business, or need the accountability of a coach over at Author Accelerator. But if you have a complete, revised draft, one that your critique partners have read, and one that you have polished to the best of your ability, that’s a great time to add me to your team. Especially if you’re getting feedback that something’s amiss, but no one can quite put their finger on it. Or if you’ve sent out a few rounds of queries, and aren’t getting the kind of response you’d hope for.

Don’t get me wrong, I will absolutely read your messy first draft and give you advice on how to make it better. But that’s much less cost-effective for you than for you to do as much work on your side as you possibly can and then send it to me for analysis of how best to get it ready for agents, editors, and readers.

For a few great reasons you should not hire an editor, check out this excellent post by Sarah Moore on Jane Friedman’s blog: https://www.janefriedman.com/dont-hire-editor/

OK, Why Should I Hire You, Julie?

Here’s what people have to say about my work:

“Julie is a dream come true for writers: a careful and attentive reader who can hone in on what would make a story really soar. Whether you need help with a query, synopsis, or manuscript, I can’t recommend Julie strongly enough. ” —Heather Bell Adams, author of Maranatha Road

“Working with Julie Artz is a pleasure. As an editor, she’s thorough and prompt, keeping an honest dialogue to help a writer through tough manuscript changes. She excels at nailing down character motivations and ensuring that plot points follow a cause and effect trajectory until resolution. With Julie’s help, I found the confidence to make my manuscript something I’m proud of, instead of just something I wrote.” –Kacey Vanderkarr (YA client)

“Julie, I am blown away by what I have been able to absorb of your feedback. Thank you for being so patient and generous with me and all of my questions. Author Accelerator has never steered me wrong! I can already see where I need to sharpen the “point.” Thank you for being open to clarifications, questions and a dialogue. I already feel safe in your literary hands.” –Henriette Ivanans-McIntyre (memoir client)

How to Get on Julie’s Schedule

Send me a message through my Contact form that includes the genre/age category of your work, a few details about your writing experience, and what services you’re interested in and I will get back to you ASAP with my availability.