I have worked as a developmental editor for over ten years. My edits include evaluating and assessing the consistency and development of the characters; the effectiveness and flow of dialog; assessing the plot arc, flow, twists, pace, use of suspense, theme (what is the message of the book?), writing style, and the overall impact and effectiveness of the book. I make suggestions on where these areas need improvements and suggest how to do so as well as point out strengths in the manuscript.
My clients compose and publish memoirs, parenting guides, educational materials, contemporary novels, coming of age stories, coming out stories, suspense, personal essays, short stories, spiritual guides, and historical fiction. I also work with companies such as Lesson Ladder Publishing, UW School of Law, and various schools and civic organizations. I am a member of the Northwest Independent Editor's Guild.
My rate is $75 (sliding fee scale available). Please contact me at email@example.com to learn more.
"Manifest" by Courtney Putnam
I finally found the courage to open your feedback! And, I must say first, "wow", sooo helpful and insightful. I feel excited again about returning to this, improving it and learning more about my subject as I delve in deeper.
—Teresa, published poet and therapist
I just read through the "macro edits," and Corbin- I love them!! You are so right on about everything you have said and I can't wait to get started making these changes!! You bring up amazing points. I am so excited to dive deep into the book again and look through all your detailed edits. I think you are so right on about these edits, and I am so excited to make this book shine!! Thank you! Thank you!
- Saralynne Davis, Author of Making Kid Time Count
What I appreciate most about Corbin Lewars' editing style is her honesty, curiosity, and depth. She has the keen ability to hone the areas in my writing that I have not fully examined or explored and she encourages me to take my writing to the next level. My work deepens because of Corbin's careful attention and perceptive insights."
— Courtney Putnam, writer and visual artist
I've read your edits and, as usual, they're exactly what I need. I'm starting to realize that yes, I am a decent writer and yes, I am a decent line editor. What I don't know about is structuring a novel. You, thank God, do know how to structure a novel and for that I am unspeakably grateful.
I'm starting to understand what is necessary and not just going edit by edit to make your suggested changes. Boy, it's hard, though, twisting my brain into places it hasn't been before.It's strangely exciting and I'm starting to feel more like a writer (and less like a career journalist) for the first time in my life.
—George, journalist, novelist
Corbin-I just want to say THANK YOU for all your excellent work and guidance on Tara’s book. You truly transformed it and brought it to a whole new level. I love working with you!! I totally agree with everything you have said and wanted to express my deep appreciation and gratitude! Keep up the amazing work!
—Best, Beth Kaufman, Managing Editor of Lesson Ladder
You're totally spot-on with the edits. The notes are great! I'm thinking I get the gist of what's missing and how I need to "tell the reader more." You've done a fantastic job with thorough, thoughtful, critical yet supportive feedback. It didn't hurt one bit. I know it's got a ways to go, but that's what this is about–growing as a writer and giving the stories the weight they deserve.
All the best,
—Michael, Author of A Long Haired Handsome Jesus
Corbin is a very encouraging editor, whose gentle hand has truly transformed my work. I always look forward to her red ink, because I not only learn so much from it, but her help takes my writing to a higher level.
—Riley, AmeriCorps coordinator and writer