Mary Nolte’s developmental 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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Professional editing services including manuscript editing, short story editing, and editorial assessments.

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 for the right freelance fiction editor can be a scary and overwhelming process. In my business, I value thoughtfulness and empathy because as a writer, I know just how vulnerable it feels to trust your work in the hands of someone else.

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 it already shines.

I believe one of the most valuable things about fiction editing services is the opportunity to help you develop both writing and self-editing skills that will be invaluable long after we’re done working together. It is my goal to help you come to your next project with more confidence.


For manuscripts, I offer two different kind of editing services. The first is full developmental editing, where I read through your manuscript and add detailed notes and suggested edits along the way utilizing the Track Changes feature. I will mark any repeated grammar or spelling issues that I notice, but my focus will be on the content of your project: plot, structure, character development, dialogue, setting, continuity/flow, etc. I will also put together a detailed editorial assessment letter (typically around 2,000-3,000 words) summarizing my observations and detailing my suggested next steps. Additionally, I will answer any questions that you have via an hour-long follow up phone call, or within e-mail if that’s what you prefer.

I also offer an editorial assessment service, where I read your manuscript in its entirety and provide you with just the editorial assessment letter and no in-text edits. The editorial assessment is a more affordable option for writers than full developmental editing, especially if you have a first draft that you know isn’t ready for detailed edits yet. Additionally, I can do a combination of developmental editing and an editorial assessment if you’re looking for detailed edits for one portion of the manuscript but just an overview for the rest.


One of my very favorite forms of writing is the short story. I love the challenge of fitting a complete piece into just a few short pages. I’m excited to offer short story developmental edits, including detailed commentary and suggested edits throughout and an editorial assessment letter. I’m also happy to do a 30-minute follow up phone call or answer questions via e-mail, if that’s what you’d prefer.


Currently, I read the following fiction genres: literary, YA, low fantasy, and popular fictions. I also read narrative nonfiction. I might be willing to go outside of my usual genres for the right manuscript.

If you’re not sure what genre your piece is or whether or not I can help, feel free to reach out to me and we’ll figure it out!


Not sure what kind of developmental editing you’re looking for? Fill out my form below and I’ll be in touch to set up a consultation call or an e-mail chat. We can figure out what kind of developmental editing will best serve your manuscript together. Additionally, I always offer sample edits before we commit to moving forward. It is important to me that you’re happy with the feedback you receive, and the best way to see if I’m the right fiction editor for you is to get to see an example of my work.

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

If you’re interested in working with me, please fill out my prospective client questionnaire at the link below. I’ll be in touch to set up a consultation call (if you’d like one) and a sample edit once I receive your information.