Current status: Now accepting new clients
I am a developmental and copy editor, primarily for works of fiction. I offer a free editing sample of your first few pages. Use the button below to contact me for a free sample and consultation.
Paul was an incredible editor to work with...thorough and detailed, he took the time to explain why he edited what he did...I learned so much about modern storytelling from him...I can’t recommend Paul enough!
Paul McLerran is spot-on when editing. His quick eye spots minor as well as major points that make a story go from good to great. He is honest and kind in his critiques. His guidance has been invaluable.
I am very pleased with Paul’s work. His comments make perfect sense, and he explains the rationale behind his suggestions. One becomes a better writer because of it. Highly recommend!
In addition to my freelance editing experience, I have taught English Language Arts for several years, critiquing and grading more papers and stories than I can count. I've also published my own novel, which you can learn about on the author page of this website.
I do developmental and copy editing, including line editing, which means I'll look at:
- Mechanical errors (spelling, grammar, etc)
- Repeated words, weak sentences, awkward word usage, and other prose issues
- Plot holes, inconsistencies, and clarity problems
- Content and flow
- General reader critique
All genres of fiction are welcome.
I don't edit query letters or similar communication, or poetry. I also do not fact-check for authors. If you are writing, for example, a work of historical fiction, I won't do any research to make sure it is historically accurate. If I happen to see a suspected anachronism or falsehood I'll point it out, but I am not a fact-checker.
I also won't re-write your entire book. I consider the author of a work to have the final authority on what goes into it. I give reasons for all of my suggested changes, and am very willing to discuss them before the author makes the final decision.
The above image, used with permission, depicts my edits for a professional writer.
After the author and I discussed my feedback, we agreed to keep "maybe" as an essential part of the protagonist's voice, and revised the "hellhole" line to "guys he's serving with halfway round the world in this hellhole."