Hi, I’m Mary. I want to help you improve your writing by finishing the project you’ve already started. I have a bachelor’s degree in English, an MFA in Fiction, and ten years of workshopping under my belt.

To me, writing is all about connection.

I know what it feels like to have poured your heart and soul into the pages of a book. Looking over someone’s shoulder at their manuscript is like looking into their mind. It is one of the most intimate things I do. And I love it more than anything.

I will look over your work with a careful, thoughtful eye. I don’t want to change your voice or make your writing sound like mine. I want to help you see the areas where you can strengthen your writing, as well as the places where you shine. I will help you come to your next project with more confidence. I want to empower you to keep writing, and keep improving.

“Mary is an excellent editor. She provided me with a thorough review of my manuscript and her feedback was kind yet on target. Mary is a pleasure to work with. You can expect an honest critique, thorough edits, and kind delivery.”

— Michelle Tobin, Writer

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I will do a thorough read-through of your manuscript adding detailed notes along the way using track changes. I will mark any grammar or spelling issues that I see, but my focus will be on the content of your project: plot, structure, character development, dialogue, setting, continuity/flow, etc. I will also send you a critique essay summarizing my observations, and will answer any questions that you have via e-mail or a phone call after you receive your editing package.


I will read through your manuscript and respond with a thoughtful critique essay analyzing your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses and outlining next steps in the editing process. I’ll also answer any questions that you have via e-mail or over the phone after you receive my critique.


I will edit your short story or narrative essay using Microsoft Track Changes. This will include line by line commentary and a written response, as well as answers to any follow up questions that you may have.

For a deeper look at my editing services, please check out this blog post.

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When I hear from you, I’ll ask you a few questions about your project. If I think that we’ll be a good fit, I’ll complete a sample edit for you before we sign a contract.