willow editing's Services
Once you’ve self-edited your writing, it’s time for a pair of trained eyes to look at your work. I help you take the quality of your flash fiction or short story to the next level by enhancing and strengthening your unique voice and style.
For flash fiction pieces, I combine developmental editing and line editing (for more information on both, scroll down). For short stories, I separate the two for the best results.
Not sure which type of editing you need? Send me a message, and we’ll figure it out together 🙂
Prior to working with Elzevera, I knew my flash fiction piece needed professional evaluation but struggled to find an editor who understands the nuances of flash fiction writing.
Elzevera is easily the most attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful fiction editor I’ve worked with to date. I’m extremely impressed by the thoroughness of her work. Now, I’m much clearer on what needs to be done to develop my story.
Most significantly, I’ve learned: how to build the setting, characters, and plot through crucial details; the intricacies of showing versus telling; and the value of patience when self-editing.
Along with that, Elzevera is just a wonderful person to work with. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their fiction writing abilities or seeking feedback on a particular story.
Before we start working together, we’ll get clear on all the steps and expectations from both sides. Contact me if you’d like to schedule a chat or a call for more information.
Psychology behind the words
Thanks to my background in both psychology and editing, I’m able to look beyond the words and pinpoint ways to improve your writing you may not have considered.
No unexpected fees
You’ll receive a price quote including 21% VAT tax if you’re based in Europe and stipulating the amounts due upfront and due once you’re satisfied with your fully edited project.
Reach your writing goals
Professional editing will help you make your writing dreams become a reality by teaching you how to lift the quality of your writing to the next level.
You control the final edit
Track Changes in Microsoft Word ensures you’re aware of every change I make in your manuscript. You decide which changes and suggestions to enforce and which to ignore.
Clear turnaround time
We decide on a deadline together, and you can expect me to stick to that deadline. No endless waiting until your work is in your own hands again.
I primarily write flash fiction and was having a hard time finding an editor who was willing to work with shorter pieces. Most editors had a high minimum word requirement and it would have meant getting feedback on dozens of pieces at once. Since I’m at the beginning of my learning curve, in terms of pursuing professional publication, I knew most of the pieces would share similar flaws and bulk editorial feedback would most likely be repetitive. Thankfully Elzevera was willing to work with me in much smaller batches!
Now I’m much less worried about duplication and look forward to every email as a chance to learn something new. Her developmental editing feedback has been an immense help in making sure the tone and intent of my pieces are coming across correctly. I’ve had quite a few a-ha! moments when she’s nailed the nebulous bit of something that was wrong with a story. I knew it was there, I just couldn’t figure out what it was. Now that I can see it, I can fix it—and it’s the best feeling in the world!
I have used beta readers and review-for-review services like Scribophile and OWW (Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror), but nothing has come close to helping me hone my stories as much as her feedback. Elzevera’s been incredible friendly, helpful, and effective and I am so glad I found her! I am planning to continue using her services (and learning from her posts and videos) and would recommend her to anyone looking for developmental editing. Who knows, someday I might manage to send her something novel-sized! 😉
I was excited to work with Elzevera! I was interested to see what she would say about my work and I was very impressed with her comments and feedback! She went above and beyond to help me improve my work, and to show me the strengths in my work and the places where I need to improve, and she showed me how to strengthen those areas. I have taken everything she has said on board and I will be referring back to it when I self-edit my writing in the future. Elzevera is such a nice person and very friendly and approachable, and a top-class editor!! I was very impressed by her, and I would definitely work with her again! I would highly recommend her to any writer seeking a good editor, or any writer who struggles with editing. She has shown me that editing can be enjoyable, and I really appreciate that. I look at editing with a more positive mindset now. She has helped me in more ways than just improving my writing, she has also helped me build confidence around editing my own work. Cannot recommend enough!!!
willow editing's specialities
When you hire a professional editor, you want to make sure your money is well spent. You don’t want someone who knows nothing about your genre to dive in head-first and hope for the best. When your editor makes suggestions, you want to be able to rely on underlying expertise.
Willow Editing specialises in fantasy, YA and children’s fiction and non-fiction.
An avid writer of flash fiction myself, I love to guide writers in developing short pieces from beginning to end. Deciding which information should and shouldn’t be included in the limited amount of words you have is something I’d love to help to help you with!
Get a sample edit
I worked with Elzevera during the publishing process of my very first book. She was very helpful and attentive as she guided me through my first steps within the editing world. Having someone to provide me with constructive feedback was invaluable. Her comments to improve my first draft were on point, giving me tips to improve the structure, making sure the content was clear to an outsider and also enjoyable to read! Even though I use English every day, Elzevera also corrected all the grammar mistakes that I could not detect. In this process, she made sure she understood what I meant and worked around to respect my author’s voice. I feel very lucky that I have come across her to edit my first draft. Beyond the technical writing help, she was of great support. I would definitely work with her again on future projects.
If you are thinking about publishing, I would definitely recommend her services for the editing or the development of your story. You may not feel that you need it, but once you see her work you will be glad you got in touch!
What can I do for you?
The developmental edit is all about the big picture. Once you’ve gotten to know your characters and your world on a deep level and have made as many improvements to your first draft as you can through self-editing, I’m here to help you take your big picture edit to the next level.
The line edit is all about making sure your writing expresses what you want it to. Giving characters their true, authentic voices. Making your world come alive. Immersing your reader in the story with all of their senses. It’s also about the more technical aspect of writing: spelling, grammar and sentence flow. Once you’ve done what you can to make your characters sound like themselves and to eliminate clunky sentences, I’m here to help you polish your manuscript until it shines like a gemstone.
Flash Fiction Plans
up to 500 wordsFlash Fiction
up to 1000 wordsFlash Fiction
up to 1000 words eachFlash Fiction Collection
Short Story Plans
Instead of a short story, you can also hire me to edit separate chapters. The price per chapter will be the same as that of a short story.
up to 2500 wordsShort Story
2500-5000 wordsShort Story
up to 5000 words eachShort Story Collection
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