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Is revising your manuscript crossing your eyes instead of your Ts?
We can help.

AuthorSpark editors work one-on-one with writers and embrace the writer’s vision. We help deliver your voice, style and artistic goal in short story, memoir, nonfiction, picture book, or novel.

One thing that sets AuthorSpark’s apart from other edits is the Power Edit, which includes a full set of teaching notes to help writers master their craft. Authors also work with an editor to structure the specific working relationship that fits best in your writing life.


Your writing project deserves a clearly thought-out plan of action. And we can help.

This is your chance to see if we can work well together.

The first step is to begin with a free sample edit.
Send me up to three double-spaced pages of your project at teresa@AuthorSpark.org, and this will help me get familiar with your style and your vision.

The pages may be the first three pages or may include a back-of-the-book type blurb with some samples pages. It’s also really helpful for me to know how the story ends (if you already know that). Please send as an attachment, double-spaced, one-inch margins, twelve-point font, .doc or .docx format.

I’ll edit the three pages and respond by email, providing a markup and a report. When you’re ready we can schedule a free 30-minute phone conference to discuss your project and possible strategies.

During our 30-minute phone chat, I’ll share suggestions, ask questions, and recommend a possible next step.


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