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A NEW SERVICE DEBUTING WINTER 2013!
YOUR NOVEL EDITED by a professional novelist with five books published by major publishers and many more on their way! Stephanie Cowell is a recipient of an American Book Award for excellence in literature; her work is translated into nine languages.
After giving editorial help to over twenty novelists, I have opened a part-time mini-service specializing in what can be called CONCEPTIONAL EDITING or STORY EDITING. I will read your unpublished novel and write a detailed summary of its strengths, vision and other marvelous qualities as well as detailing how it can be further strengthened in plot, tension, dialogue, character and vividness of setting to make it ready to send to agents and editors. I will also have a phone conference with you about your work and cheer you on your way. You can write me at firstname.lastname@example.org (direct link bottom right if you like). I will be happy to speak with you about my rates and how I can help you succeed in your goals for your novel.
I am happy to refer you to copy editors and designers as well.
“Stephanie Cowell is one of the best and brightest writers of historical fiction, a master of her genre. The historical figures become as real to the reader as any contemporary character." Washington Times
WHAT OTHER NOVELISTS SAY ABOUT MY WORK:
JOAN MORA author of historical/contemporary novel "The Lost Legacy of Gabriel Tucci": When I learned that Stephanie Cowell, author of the stunning Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet, was taking on editing clients, it took me less than two minutes to decide to hire her. I would highly recommend her editing skills to writers seeking an objective, insightful look at their manuscripts. Her detailed notes delivered exactly what I needed to hear. She captured the essence of my story, pointed out not only what was working or not, but also the “why” of it. She gave me specific examples of chapters or scenes that needed clarification or grounding. She validated my characters, not by offering vague praise, but by pointing out what captured her heart. I will be forever grateful!
FIONA CLAIRE, author of Voices on the Wind (in submission): Stephanie is a mentor-extraordinaire. Passing on the baton from her mentor, Madeline L’Engle, Stephanie isn’t just a gifted writer and editor, she’s the dream-come-true head coach of your personal writing ‘team’.
KATHERINE KIRKPATRICK, author of "The Snow Baby" and "Mysterious Bones" as well as a young adult novel to be published by Random House in spring 2014 – “Stephanie Cowell has provided excellent feedback and editorial help for all seven of the my books. She is an experienced editor and veteran of the book industry. Most importantly, she is herself an author, so her advice is rooted in her own rich experience. She provides guidance with kindness and sensitivity. If you have a story that is clamoring to be told, treat yourself to one of Stephanie's sensitive, informative, and comprehensive critiques. Additionally, her husband, Russell Clay, a talented poet, painter, and computer wizard, can tastefully and artistically format your book and publish it as an e-book."
KIM BULLOCK, author of The Oak Lovers. "Stephanie Cowell has a keen eye for picking out those small details that need tweaking in order to make a manuscript sing. She in no way interferes with an author’s voice or vision, yet gently suggests ways these things may be made to work for rather than against the writer. She is generous with her time and has helped me tremendously. I have already referred one writer friend to Stephanie, and she was delighted with the result. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking editorial services, particularly for authors of historical fiction."
SUSAN DORMADY EISENBERG, author of The Voice I Just Heard (2012) “Stephanie Cowell helped me prune and shape my first novel as it moved through several revisions. She offered detailed, specific advice about how to sharpen plot and characterization, and I’ll always be grateful for her insights. Whether you seek a one-time manuscript evaluation or in-depth developmental editing, Stephanie Cowell will bring a wealth of experience and talent to your project, and if you implement her editorial suggestions, your book will shine.”