Heartwood Policies and faqs

General policies genres considered I am a fiction editor, so please do not send me nonfiction articles, manuscripts, or memoirs. Of the following genres, I work in middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult. I am willing to consider select picture book or chapter book projects. Discounts FAQs Q: BUT JESS! Can’t I just […]


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Heartwood Editing services

Developmental A developmental edit includes reading and assessing your materials in light of your goals, then suggesting methods, techniques, and possible changes to elevate your work to better match your vision. This level of edits is best for projects in their early drafts before undertaking revisions, or for projects that have been through multiple revisions […]

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Deep Prose and Clear Voice

(pulled from a note to a CP) My main focus for vocal depth is finding places that need a boost to elevate the prose from (blocking and action) to “literature.” Not just facts, but poetry. The first layer is “What’s a cooler/more interesting way to X…?” Second layer is “What’s a way to tie this […]

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Doing BETA Better

Now that I’ve had some minor successes with my beta swap model, I’m ready to bring it back online and share the process. My Role Play – Beta Swap. By role-playing as agents, publishers, and editors, we learn something in play that we learn otherwise only by making publishing mistakes. Most new writers make these mistakes, and […]

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