I'm available for developmental editing on memoir manuscripts and proposals, as well as individual essays, with services suited to your needs and budget.
I've edited hundreds of essays as Deputy Editor of the award-winning online publication Narratively, and as a writing instructor at Catapult. My private editing clients have landed agents and book deals based on the manuscript and proposal revisions we worked on together, and placed essays at Longreads, The Washington Post, New York magazine, The Rumpus, and many more amazing publications. Here's what a couple of them had to say:
I loved Lilly's attention to detail. She showed me where readers might become confused and offered great suggestions on how to better weave an emotional arc into my story line. Sometimes it's hard to 'kill your darlings' but she was able to point out the ones I really needed to consider chopping. I also appreciated her timeliness, professionalism, and communication.
-Charlotte Kaufman, former client for her memoir-in-progress
She pulls no punches, that Lilly Dancyger, and in less time than it takes to push the return key she has laid bare the heavy-handed, over writing that so often plagues my writing. I come at my craft with a calligrapher's intent of giving form to my text in an expressive, voluminous, manner. Lilly, and thank the Lord for it, possesses the keen eye of a true alchemist, turning the least of my offerings into blisteringly sleek awarenesses that all but crawl out from the page and slap you across the face, they’re so good, so unexpected.
-Regina Louise, former client for her memoir Someone Has Led This Child to Believe: A Case History of Love (Agate, 2018)
-Developmental editing for book-length manuscripts: I offer two different approaches to book editing, to accommodate writers at different stages of the process, and their budgets:
-Book proposal critique/editing: Flat rate of $300 for a book proposal edit, not including sample chapters. (Sample chapter edits also available for an additional fee, depending on length.)
-Query letter editing: Flat rate of $50.
-Essay editing: In-depth line edits and suggestions for structural changes, reframing, or whatever your essay needs to make it shine. Each essay edit also includes at least one suggested outlet to send your piece to when it's finished. Rates are:
I'm happy to answer any questions about any of these services, work out a plan that works for you, and provide detailed quotes if you send me an email about what you're looking for!
Email lillydancyger at gmail.
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