With several years of facilitating creative writing workshops under my belt, I have an ability to quickly identify the heart of a story or novel. I know what makes a piece of fiction come alive just as much as I know what makes it lag, and I will help you cut the fat while further developing the most interesting parts of your story. In practice, I favor scene over exposition, and I am particularly adept at helping writers to make their work more active and engaging, as well as plotting and restructuring a piece to its greatest, most readable capacity. I also enjoy getting into the gritty, detail-oriented portions of the work, but always with an eye towards the bigger picture, sure to only give micro edits when they will service the work on a macro level.

I offer the following manuscript editing packages:

Developmental Edit
This is a big-picture critique of a manuscript, and it’s a good choice for writers who have completed the first draft of a manuscript but aren’t sure where to begin with revisions. I’ll read your manuscript carefully and provide a detailed editorial letter that examines all of the elements of your writing, along with my suggestions for improvement. The letter will be divided into aspects of fiction writing such as character, structure, dialogue, setting, plot, and more. Letter length: 5-7 single-spaced pages. (Note: this package does not include line edits.)

Full Manuscript Critique
This package for later-stage manuscripts is for writers who are closer to embarking on the submission process. This is an ideal choice for you if you have already revised your manuscript once or twice and now want feedback in order to make the book as strong as possible. This detailed critique includes an edit letter (the Developmental Edit) plus line edits (see below).

Line Edit Only
The Full Manuscript Critique without the edit letter. Line edit comments will address aspects like character, structure, voice, style, plot, and more. The line edits also include light proofreading.

When time allows, I also offer partial manuscript critiques, beta reads (light developmental edits), short story critiques, edits on query letters, and MFA consultations. Contact me to discuss the package that’s best for you.

To book a package, or for more information, email me at mandykberman at gmail dot com.


“Mandy Berman is an exceptional editor. She provided crucial insights into my manuscript and illuminated areas throughout that needed attention. In addition, her edit letter was thorough and packed with actionable suggestions. I wholeheartedly recommend working with her.”
— Daniel Berkowitz