Fierce Heart™ Editing
Your Words & Story Matter. Connect with Your Readers.
Developmental Editing that empowers you as the Author.
You’ve gone through draft after draft. You want it to connect with readers. And you’re ready for a professional to help you fine tune & hone your work to excellence.
I specialize in what most writers get sidetracked or stuck on:
The spine, or central line of your story. Different from theme, arc, or conflict, the spine is your compass for how the story fits together. It’s what everything hangs from.
What sets me apart beyond a strong, decades-long background in craft & process, coupled with the knowledge of the nuts & bolts of good writing & narrative:
I see with a sixth sense the patterns in the work. . .the stories beneath & within the obvious story. The holes, missing pieces, questions, and difficulties for a reader.
Focus in the editing is on content, organization, and overall structure. Including, but not limited to:
- The spine of the story
- Intention of the work
- Narrative flow
- Point of View
- Character development
- The unanswered questions and holes in the narrative
“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold;
they change the world into words.”
~ William H. Gass, author
What You Can Expect:
We start with a conversation and a writing sample so I have a sense of you and your writing.
You’re never in the dark about why I make the comments or suggestions I do. You get explanations, plus examples & references so you feel confident moving forward with the changes.
If your intent or writing is unclear, I ask what you mean and help you craft it the way you want it said. You’re always the author.
You’ll always hear what works, as well as what doesn’t. And you’ll always get a Yea! on the gems.
Noted are grammar and syntax errors, historical and declarative statements without proper or adequate support, and overuse of passive language. These are typically put in a review, and yours to correct.
Manuscripts are marked by hand.
Consults to discuss edits & answer questions are by phone.
There’s a certain magic that Heloise Jones has of meeting writers exactly where they are.
I have watched her listen to our body language and discern the whisper of creativity in our
in-breath; we have been nourished when Heloise delineated the intention behind our mental meanderings and then expertly guided us — individually and as a group — towards vistas previously un-imagined. And I have watched her take our ideas, infuse them with her wisdom and offer them back in ways that supported, elevated and improved us and our writing.
~ Gaia Genevieve Richards, writer, entrepreneur, & dog trainer
Applies to standard manuscript format –– double spaced, 12 pt. New Times Roman, 1″ borders
- Up to 10 pages, includes a 60-min. consult ($375)
- 50 pages, includes a 75-min. consult ( $775 )
- 100 pages, includes a 75-min. consult ( $1375 )
Manuscript (up to 80K words):
- Two drafts, includes two 2-hr. consults ( $9500 ) 180 day sunset
- One draft, includes one 2-hr. consult ( $5500 )
Track changes or electronic notations + 30%
VIP fast turnaround (skip the queue) + 30%
- I have a strict confidentiality policy.
- New Mexico (USA) gross receipts tax is added to all services that qualify.
Make your work the best it can be!
Schedule a Call HERE.