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Editorial Services

Manuscript Evaluation

Structural Edit

Line Edit

Copy Writing 

Publishing Consulting

*Email for more information 

Query Polishing

Workshops*

Panels*

Pitch/Tag Line Improvement* 

Areas of Specialization

Romance - all subgenres and heat levels

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Urban Fantasy

Horror

Reading Group Fiction/Women's Fiction/Literary Commercial Fiction

LGBT Fiction

Young Adult

 
 

Manuscript Evaluation

 

Best for new authors looking for a general editorial assessment of their work, the manuscript evaluation includes an editorial letter pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript. It will provide examples of scenes needing improvement, plot advice, character feedback, etc. but does not include margin comments.

Recommended for early drafts or those interested in an experienced beta read but aren't ready for an in-depth structural edit. 

Structural Edit

This level of edits focuses on the foundation of your book and includes an editorial letter outlining major issues in the manuscript (like plot, pacing, character development, conflict, order of scenes, etc.) with suggestions for improvement, along with comments in the margins addressing specific areas where these revisions can be made.

Recommended for writers who have reached their self-editing limit and who want a professional opinion before getting into prose-level technicalities.

Extensive Edit  

With extensive edits, you'll receive all of the structural edits above, plus more detailed margin comments, as well as line edits to strengthen elements of the prose, including grammar, syntax, clarity, word choice, etc.

Recommended for indie authors looking for a fine tuning before publication.

Follow-Ups and Second Pass 

For an additional fee, I will provide one month of email correspondence while you revise your manuscript and/or re-read the revised manuscript to provide feedback on areas that still need improvement. (This is not the same as a second structural edit. We can discuss the best course of action for your project and budget.)

Partial Manuscript Critique

 

If you're looking for feedback on the opening of your novel before you get too far into writing--to catch any major plot holes before they happen, ensure strong opening chapters, and avoid logistical nightmares--I can provide a manuscript critique of the first 50 (standard-formatted) pages and a synopsis for only $150.

Copy Writing 

With any of the above editorial packages, I can write cover copy (the description of your book that appears on the back cover and retail sites) that will appeal to consumers and include keywords and metadata.

Query Polishing

Need help with your query? I can provide notations and guidance for tightening your pitch and focusing on what's important. (But I can't guarantee requests or publication!) Only $25.

Note: This is available for all writers, independent of the above editorial services.

Hi, I'm Peter Senftleben ("Senf-lay-ben"). I have a passion for helping writers hone their craft and turn their projects into the best books they can be.

 

I have an odd background for an editor; I got a degree in chemical engineering and math from Tulane University, but I've been in the world of publishing since I moved to New York City in 2003. First I was an intern at a prestigious literary agency, then an assistant at a much smaller boutique agency. I soon moved to the editorial side of the business and spent nearly ten years acquiring, editing, and publishing a wide range of commercial fiction for Kensington Publishing. In 2016, I moved to Crooked Lane Books with a focus on crime novels.

In over a decade of editing, I've worked on more than 200 titles in genres ranging from romance to mystery to horror, as well as mainstream fiction. Many of the authors with whom I've worked have won awards and are New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.

TL;DR? I like books, cookies, reality competition shows, New Orleans, pizza, and chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.

 
"You are so thorough, analytical, and insightful. I appreciate how you are straight forward but kind. The plot suggestions are invaluable to me..." --Suzette Hollingsworth, author or Sherlock Holmes and the Chocolate Menace
"Wow, Peter. You really outdid yourself. Thank you so much for your help!" --Bridget B.
"I am grateful for all you’ve done to help me along in this process. You’ve been encouraging as you’ve also challenged and taught me. I look forward to working more with you on my second novel." --Mark S.

"I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all of the feedback and support you provided for me on my manuscript. I'm pleased to say that I am signing a contract next week to publish the novel. This wouldn't have happened without your time and help. The help you provide authors means a great deal and I am so thankful and grateful." --Eliot P.

 
 

Request a free editorial estimate! 

Please use your title as the subject line and include your genre, word count, and a couple paragraphs about your work. I want to make sure I'm the best fit for your book!

*Please note that I don't edit nonfiction and I'm not a copyeditor.