What happens next? This is the question that drives all stories. Fiction’s answers to that question are paradoxical: imaginary yet true. Even the simplest fiction mysteriously interweaves plot, character, setting, and voice into something deceptively profound.

Whether your manuscript is a picture book or a novel, editing will address the following:

Setting

  • Does the story take place logically in time and space?
  • Can the story be visualized?
  • Is the story easily experienced in the imagination?

Form

  • Does the chosen form reflect the content?
  • Is the form of the work well executed?

Style

  • Does the writing style express the content?
  • How can its best, most distinctive qualities be further revealed and refined?

Plot

  • Is there a believable balance between events the characters can control and those they cannot?
  • Is each event necessary to the story?
  • Do the order, intensity, pacing, and relationship of events draw readers forward and resolve at the right time?

Characters

  • Are the characters clearly, coherently delineated?
  • Do they behave characteristically?
  • Do their actions make sense?
What set Lee Ann Bisulca’s editing apart was the way she got to the heart of my story and characters. She pinpointed inconsistencies and noticed dialogue that didn’t ring true. She asked incisive questions that made me evaluate exactly what I wanted to say, and offered insight on how I could say it. My novel is definitely the story I set out to tell, and I owe a lot of that success to Lee Ann.
Lee Ann’s work on my book was invaluable! She was not only great to work with, responding quickly to email and delivering on time, but she also asked questions and made suggestions about structure and character that helped me tell the best story. I’m so proud of the finished product and I owe much of its success to Lee Ann’s work. I look forward to working with her on future projects!

Kristen Rea, Author, Timmy the Button