Speculative Fiction Editing
& Literary Consulting Services
Speculative fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, supernatural, steampunk,
alternate history; you name it, I love it! As a copy editor, this
type of fiction is my absolute favorite to work with. Because I have a
passion for it, you can bet I understand the ins and outs of these
worlds of almost make-believe. I am familiar with the terminology
(and recognize when new terms are invented), I have a lively
imagination and have long been fervent about spec-fic.
I will keep an eye out for those grammar and usage pitfalls, but I
will also act as your first reader, highlighting points that may be
unclear, helping you with comments, questions and suggestions (if desired)
that will make your writing even better, and frankly, even more yours!
I'm not here to change your style, but to give it clarity and polish!
And when you've spent so much time and effort creating a wonderful
universe with philosophies, cultures and characters that are like no
other, you need someone who will appreciate that and help you bring
that universe to readers who never imagined such things could be!
I understand that editing this type of fiction can require a good deal
of back-and-forth communication, and I do not feel the editing cycle
is done until you are happy with the final product. This means I'm
here to answer any questions you might have about the edit, plus any
second or third rounds of editing you might want or need due to
possible changes. I am also somewhat flexible with pricing and payment, so please
don't hesitate to ask about anything in this regard! Additionally, I
always offer a free sample edit, so please feel free to send me a portion of your book, novella,
short story, etc., and I'll get back to you asap!
Whether you're planning on submitting your work to literary agencies
or publishers, or going the more and more popular self-publishing
route, it's important to have a set of fresh eyes take a close
look. From a manuscript critique to an in-depth edit, I will be happy
to provide you with the kind of feedback you're looking for with
regard to story consistency, compelling characters, coherent, logical
narration, etc. And if I encounter a truly amazing manuscript from an
exceptional new writer, I'm more than happy to recommend it to agents
or publishers, free of charge.
When you feel your manuscript is ready to be read by someone other than yourself,
me. I work quickly, I offer a thorough, high quality copy editing
service, and I'd be thrilled to hear from you.
Editor & Literary Consultant
I've had several people ask if they could link to my site. I'd be
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What People are Saying:
"If you are looking for an editor who will correct the odd typo,
shift around your points of view and correct your grammatical errors,
then look elsewhere... If however, you're looking for a perfectionist
who will live and breathe your work with you; guide you through the
pitfalls of the English language and stick with you until the job is
done, then you've found her here in Jess Augustsson. I really can't
recommend her highly enough, the woman is a complete literary genius!"
- Robert Young, Author of the
"I hired Jessica Augustsson in the spring of 2009 to copy edit a
166,000 word fantasy novel that I'd written the year before. After
several run-throughs on my own, I decided it was foolish to try to
copy edit my own work, so I sent a writing sample to about ten
different copy editors advertising on the Internet. Each sent me back
a sample of what they would do with my writing. Jessica's sample
stood head-and-shoulders above all the others. She had an immediate
grasp of my characters and what I was trying to accomplish. And, she
also had a working knowledge of archaic English which my manuscript
needed. Over the close-to-a-year that I've worked with Jessica, she's
edited the above-referenced novel and three short stories. I've found
her to be an excellent sounding board with a wealth of good ideas.
The other thing I really appreciate about Jessica is that I feel like
we're a team working together on my writing. I don't expect to send
her something, get it back and never look at it again. Everything
that I've sent her has gone back and forth between us multiple times.
And I frequently email her in between times as well to run things past
her, and to get her opinion which I've come to value. If you have
questions about my working relationship with Jessica, feel free to
email me with your questions. I'll answer them as honestly as I can.
She has been a perfect copy editor for me because our working styles
mesh well together."
- Ann Gimpel, PhD, Author, Mammoth Lakes, CA.
"Jessica is one of those talented folks who has a skilled eye and
detailed grammatical knowledge, but she's got more than that in her
toolbox--Jessica is special. She has the ability to look at my writing
and assist me in making it more than it could have ever been on its
own. She catches grammatical mistakes, knows what can be done to make
the language clearer and more readable, and then can see the big
picture of what I'm trying to accomplish. When my work falls short of
my vision she knows what questions to ask to help me realize what can
be done to make my stories the best they can be. She's invaluable."
- Marguerite Croft, Author, Idaho Falls, ID.