editor for hire
why hire victoria?  

Victoria Barrett's editing skills have been honed as the publisher of Engine Books, where she has personally (and deeply) edited every title. She has worked with debut writers and seasoned veterans, including a National Book Award finalist. The titles have been reviewed positively in places like Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, O Magazine, the Washington Post, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the New York Times Book Review. Engine Books authors speak frequently about Victoria's invaluable ability to read a manuscript on its own terms and help them find the heart of the story.

Once your consultation is scheduled, you will submit the manuscript in a .doc file by an agreed-upon deadline. Victoria will provide detailed descriptions of the successes and opportunities for improvemen in the manuscript (novel or story collection), including end notes and margin comments. Once you have had a chance to review Victoria's feedback, you'll choose a Skype or email exchange to review and ask follow-up questions.  

Edits for manuscripts up to 400 pages* are $3,000. 50% payment is due upon scheduling, with the remainder paid when Victoria delivers her feedback. Payment is acceptable by check, credit card, or PayPal—you can make arrangements when you schedule the consultation.

*page rate is dependent upon standard manuscript format: Times New Roman, 12-point type, double-spaced, one-inch margins

Rates for manuscripts longer than 400 pages will be quoted on an individual basis. Email Victoria for more information.  

Victoria is also available for the following for-hire services, which will be quoted on a per-job basis:


editing smaller jobs/shorter manuscripts
cover design and interior layout
print and ebook production
web design

accolades and references  
National Book Award Finalist Patricia Henley on working with Victoria on her latest story collection, Other Heartbreaks.

"When Victoria first responded to my manuscript she offered her editorial vision for it and I thought my head was going to explode because what she suggested was so right and it was not something I could have seen or even thought about a few years ago." —Myfanwy Collins on Victoria's editorial advice for her debut novel, Echolocation.

“She is a miracle editor." —Nan Cuba on working with Victoria on her novel Body and Bread.

"Her edits were nothing short of brilliant. I have a tendency to let most scenes go on a tick too long, and she really honed in on that – tightening everything up, bringing the book into focus without losing a thing.”— Lisa Borders on working with Victoria on her latest novel, The Fifty-First State.  
email Victoria at victoria [at} victoriabarrett [dot] net for more information and to schedule your edits.  


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