Editing Services

“Tamara Shoemaker is the kind of editor your story needs. She’s careful, insightful, and inquisitive. Whether you need help unearthing the salient conflicts and tensions in your manuscript, or simply want to polish your language to a perfect sheen, Tamara will work with you to achieve your goals.”

Emily June Street, author, Tales of Blood and Light

feedbackNovel Feedback

What is novel feedback?

Novel feedback is the shortest and least expensive of the edits I offer. In novel feedback, I examine your manuscript for such large issues as:

  • Story arc consistency
  • Plot holes
  • Character development
  • World-building
  • Narrative voice/Pacing issues
  • Genre selection/Marketing ideas

developmentalDevelopmental Edit

What is a developmental edit?

  • A developmental edit essentially does the same thing as the novel feedback, but I will examine each issue in more depth, as well as offer a chapter-by-chapter analysis of the issues. Like the novel feedback, these include:
  • Story arc consistency
  • Plot holes
  • Character development
  • World-building
  • Narrative voice/Pacing
  • Genre selection/Marketing ideas

lineLine Edits

What is a line edit?

A line edit focuses intensively on sentence structure and content. Where a developmental edit or a novel feedback examines large plot and content issues, a line edit delves into the building blocks of the story. Line editing will check your manuscript for such issues as:

  • Filter verbs
  • Gaze tracking
  • Adverb dropping
  • Grammatical edits
  • Word repetition/Word choice


What is proofreading?

Proofreading is the glazed finish on your gorgeous oak chest of drawers. It tweaks those final mistakes that may have gotten covered under a hundred exhausted perusals and polishes your book to its ultimate shine. It is the simplest edit I offer, but one of the most necessary. No one wants to find a “teh” in their book where a “the” should have appeared instead.

Formatting PicFormatting

What is formatting?

When authors finally complete all their edits, they want a finished product in their hands, a book to hold and read in all its single-spaced, chapter-headed glory. This is where the formatting comes in. I offer formatting services on my website, although I outsource this particular service to a professional. These services include:

  • ebook formatting for kindle only (.mobi file)
  • ebook formatting for kindle and basic epub
  • ebook formatting for kindle and basic and specialized epub versions (iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Google Play)
  • Createspace pdf paperback book design and formatting


“Shoemaker’s attention to detail is superb.”

Margaret Locke, author, A Man of Character

“Ms. Shoemaker offers excellent ideas for tightening and streamlining prose.”

Annika Keswick, romance author