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 Nolte’s editing services are absolutely invaluable. Her assistance allowed me to reshape my novel and break down the editorial process from a monolithic, insurmountable chore into a guided, collaborative effort. She was able to give me advice on every aspect of editing, from grammar and wording choice to structural plot reorganization. I cannot recommend her services highly enough.”

— Andrew Kopcienski, 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.