Book Editing Services

Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, or Collection.

You've worked hard on your book.

Give it the professional attention it deserves.


Manuscript Evaluation

When you don’t know what to do next, a manuscript evaluation will help.

I perform a holistic review of your draft looking at these elements:

  • Structure – Is the plot working? 
  • Characters - Are they developed and strong enough to act consistently on their own? 
  • Point of view – Could the story be stronger with a different POV? 
  • Other high-level items.

The written evaluation explains the points above, provides guidance, suggests next steps, and includes a 5-10 page sample developmental edit at scene level. We review the findings together.

Developmental Edit

Done with rewrites? Ready for a quality check? Here’s how a developmental edit can help.

First, I review the structure, character development, and point of view, just like the manuscript evaluation above. If these holistic elements are in place, then I continue at scene level reviewing:  

  • Narrative elements: Dialogue, actions, descriptive details, thoughts, and exposition
  • Style elements: Paragraph and sentence structure, language, and amateur writing faux pas like repetitive words or phrases, summarizing, show/don’t tell opportunities, etc.
  • Scene structure – Do your scenes include enough details, tension, and a decent pace to keep the reader engaged? Do they advance the plot? 
  • Literary elements – Is there depth to the story or just an event-after-event narrative? Is the underlying message or theme identifiable?

The result will be a professionally-written report of the findings, feedback in the manuscript, guidance, and next steps.  

*NOTE: I don't believe in charging for scene-level edits throughout a book if character or structure issues need to be resolved first. In this situation, I will provide a manuscript evaluation for discussion, and together we'll determine next steps. Fees will be adjusted accordingly.

Getting a Quote is Easy

Email me at and include a 1-2 page synopsis, number of words, and the first 15 pages. I'll get a quote back to you within two business days.  


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Vicki Entreken

Writer, Editor, Creative Writing Coach 


Narrative Solutions is located in Tampa, Florida and provides services virtually throughout the U.S.