About My Editing Services

Need an editor or proofreader?

You’ve come to the right place!

I have worked full-time as a freelance fiction and nonfiction editor for three years (I was a writer before that!), and in that time, I’ve helped hundreds of authors and journalists turn their works into published masterpieces.

In addition to holding a B.A. in English from Shenandoah University, I have received multiple awards for my writing, including the S. Gordden Link Prize for Poetry in 2016.

Michelle Adams BlogMy editing and proofreading business is founded on the idea that you—the author—should be at the forefront of the editing process. That’s why all of my edits are collaborative efforts.

Say goodbye to sending off your manuscript, waiting a month, and then getting it back covered in red ink and content changes! I leave lengthy, constructive comments and tracked changes that you can choose to accept or deny. Although I will edit your piece with the full understanding of what sells in the publishing industry, as well as English grammar and mechanics, in mind, I understand that writing is a subjective art—so I work with you to allow your creativity to shine.

My mission is simple: help you create (and hopefully publish) the story of your dreams.

Here is a rundown of all the services I offer:

Developmental Edit (Fiction)/Fact Check (Nonfiction)

I am not currently accepting manuscripts for developmental edits or fact checks.
Please check back soon for increased availability.

Copy Edit or Line Edit

A copy edit, sometimes referred to as a line edit, takes place later in the writing process, and refers to correcting grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax.. It does not involve the plot or content of the manuscript, although I may make comments on this from time to time.

If your manuscript has already been read by a developmental editor and beta readers, you are ready for this step.


proofread is the latest stage of editing, when your manuscript is almost ready for publication. It’s a cheap, simple once-over of your work for grammar, spelling, and mechanics.

Typically, your work will be proofread after both a developmental and copy edit. If a manuscript has numerous, widespread errors or is otherwise not ready for a proofreading, I may suggest that you consider a line edit (see above).

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