Editing Services

Whether you’re preparing to submit your manuscript to an agent or you’re planning to self-publish, you want your book to be the best it can be. Partnering with a freelance editor can identify your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses. An editor can help shape it into the story you’ve dreamed about. Being a novelist, I know how hard it can be to review my own manuscript with an objective eye. It is invaluable to get unbiased comments from a professional editor before you send your work out into the world.

Many authors work with freelance editors to polish their material before querying agents or before self-publishing. In today’s competitive publishing arena, the need for polished manuscripts has never been greater. I provide one-on-one manuscript editing services with honest, constructive feedback about what is working and what isn’t. There is no one-size-fits-all approach here. I treat each manuscript as if it were my own, giving it the time and attention it deserves.

Check out Seth Godin’s short blog post about the editorial partnership.

Manuscript Consultation

If you’re looking for…

  • Line editing 
  • Copyediting
  • Developmental editing
  • Introductory editing
  • Writing coaching

keep reading for more details. 

Editing Defined…

Before you hire a freelance editor, it’s important to know what kind of editing services you’ll need.

  • I’m looking for a “big picture” overview. I need someone to advise me on plot and characterization.  Then you’ll wantDevelopmental / Content EditingThis is where we delve into the elements of fiction or narrative nonfiction, looking at your characters, their voices and their actions. We’ll also examine the plot and make sure that the story arc is structured in an efficient, emotionally engaging way. We want to make sure you’re getting the most impact out of your words as possible.
  • I need someone to help with grammar and punctuation. Then you’ll want Proofreading.   This is usually reserved for manuscripts that have already been through a developmental / content edit. Proofreading is limited to grammar, punctuation, dropped words, syntax, spelling errors or misused words. This is where I take the proverbial red pen into your manuscript and make sure every word is in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • My manuscript needs to be checked for consistency, clarity and tone.   Then you’ll want Copy Editing / Line Editing.Copy editing and Line Editing are also reserved for manuscripts that have been through a content edit. Copy editing includes proofreading and adds point of view, continuity, pacing, sentence structure and fact checking where applicable.
  • I’m not sure if my manuscript is on the right track. I have a great story idea, but I got stuck along the way.   Then you’ll want to take advantage of my Introductory Editing. Introductory Edits are for high-level content edits. I will review your first few chapters for characterization, plot arc and suspense to make sure your story is moving in an optimal direction.  These edits do not include proofreading for grammar or punctuation.
  • My search for an agent and publisher has begun. I’d like to know if my submission packet is up to snuff.   My Introductory Editing  offers a review of your query letter, synopsis and first chapters. I’ll see what your potential agent will see and advise if the best way to present your query letter so an agent will take notice.
  • I need one-on-one help to develop my writing skills, but I don’t know where to begin.  As a creative writing instructor, I’ve worked with hundreds of students from beginner to advanced to help them hone their writing skills. Think of this as your own private mini-MFA course. We’ll work together using exercises, workshop techniques and short master works to develop your writing intuition.  Contact me for more information about being your Writing Coach. (Got a friend or two who wants to join us? Share the cost and we’ll have our own workshop group.)

Please visit my writing website at www.jacquelincangro.com for more information on my editing services.


Kind Words

I am proud to have a growing list of satisfied clients.

Jackie’s not just a writer or editor. She’s a reader. And the sort of reader who reminds a writer that his duty is to the reader first and to his own hangups and sacred moo-cows second. She knows that stories have starts and ends and the good ones have peaks and valleys and buckets of conflict. She also gives it to you straight–without making you feel like a complete idiot…Every writer should be lucky enough to have someone like her around.


You were clear on the corrections and explanations.  The description tags were so helpful and cleared up a lot of possible confusion; thank you because you did not have to do that.  You did a wonderful and meticulous job.  Money well spent and earned by you.  I learned some English along the way!

~Doug Howery, author of The Grass Sweeper God


Jackie Cangro is more than just an editor; she is an inspiration and a push to see a story through to the end. Her comments on the draft of my first novel were detailed and informative, and I now have a clear map of how to forge ahead. I would recommend her to a writer at any stage in the process.

~Adrienne Oliver, developmental editing client, www.adrienneedits.com

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