Why pick Julie to help ready your manuscript for the world? If you know Julie, you know she’s best in her own words:
My priority is to help make your story have power. I take pride in helping my clients’ voices be distinguishable in the industry by not only identifying opportunities but leveraging their strengths. It’s so important to not just know what went wrong, but was so right and deserves to be expanded upon. I refuse to simply provide feedback–I want to give you guidance that will help grow your writing toolbox.
What is developmental editing?
Developmental editing adds complexity to your characters, relationships, plot line, subplots, themes, and help make your story multi-dimensional, memorable, emotional, thought-provoking, and utterly yours. Copy and line editing included. A complete edit letter will also be returned to you highlighting information that might affect how you revise your total piece, in addition to extensive comments within the document.
How much does this cost?
$22.00 per hour. Phone calls, re-reads and second-pass revisions determined on case by case basis.
(payment plans are available for an extra 10%.)
$25.00 per synopsis and/or query
Testimonials and credentials:
*Julie has a BA in Creative Writing from Bridgewater State University.
*”She’s as gracious with your heart as she’s vicious to your words, and your work will be all the better for it.” –Timothy Huneycutt*
*”Julie made me excited about my book again.”–Summer Wier, The Shadow of Light
*”Julie got inside of my character’s heads and plot and really brought out the best in my manuscript. She paid attention to the voices of not only my main characters, but the supporting cast as well. Detail oriented critique that’s easy to swallow.”–Kristen Strassel, Night Moves, We Own the Night
*”Hiring Julie to edit my book was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Her attention to character development and sensory details helped me take what was a decent song of a novel and turn it into a stadium-sized rock anthem.” – Ron Walters
*Client K.F. Goodacre nominated for the Bath Children’s Novel Award 2015*
*”Working with Julie was an absolute pleasure. Her personal commentary and honest feedback still resonates as I start my next project. She not only pushed me to make my manuscript better than I knew it could be, she made me push myself to be a better writer.” –Eva Gibson
*Julie Hutchings came recommended to me from a long time write friend I know and trust deeply. He told me that she had excellent insight and could be able to help me shape not only my fictional worlds that I create but also tailor any story to make it better.
I had no idea how right he was.
Julie has taken books that I was going to throw away, and rescued them from the trash bin. She’s undeniably converted crap and spun it into gold. Some of these transformations were so extraordinary it put me to tears.
Not one to sugar coat, she has the courage to tell you how things are. She will point out anything that could be inadvertently misconstrued, or turned in an uncomplimentary way. She finds all of these demons and vanquishes them.
The first novel she edited for me came back with over five hundred comments. This at first felt daunting, like I had somehow failed. However, upon inspection I was pleasantly surprised.
I felt as though Julie were with me on a journey in the worlds that I created. It was like we were both sitting behind the camera and able to pause the film we were creating. I always had the final say, but she’s not a ‘yes man.’
Some of these critiques were very positive and pats on the back. Some were quiet suggestions. And others were trumpet horns of doom telling me of how terrible something might have been and listing consequences of ignoring her advice.
Her comments were never, “YOU SUCK!” And all negative feedback was painstakingly crafted not to injure my feelings but rather to steer me in a direction that would be better suited to my audience.
She knows this industry.
Her super power is to plow through the minutia, pull out a diamond and show it to the world. All editors might claim to make the works of their clients better. Julie is no exception to this rule, however she does so with a style and grace that has transformed my work from dull to shiny. She pushes me to do better, and inspires me with her advice and her talent to see the big picture.
Julie has edited four of my novels so far, and I intend to make sure she edits the other eight I have in standby as well as all of my work in the future. I have grown to trust her insight and her gut. Even if I disagree with a criticism, I still change the words I originally chose, because I trust her intuition in knowing that what I created caused a negative reaction. She has been an ally on my quest for literary greatness, and together we vanquish evil and plod forward towards an ever expanding horizon of awesome. —Craig R. E. Krohn
“Julie Hutchings is made of magic and win and should teach writers/editors about how to deliver feedback.” –Vanessa Ricci-Thode
“It’s like I kind of knew where I was, and you were the perfectly timed road sign, guiding me.” –Jill Corddry
This was one of the things she excelled at, a metatextual inside joke, sassy yet smart, full of depths to which only one as absurdly concerned with minutiae and theme could appreciate, which was why smart writers hired the hell of out of her to edit their work.
May I just say that @HutchingsJulie is the most amazing editor ever, & I love how thorough she is (because it keeps my head straight). Editing is going very well, & I’m PUMPED. –@marylgibbs via Twitter