“After Adam worked with me on a story, it came in first in a contest with 1,800 other entries. He celebrates the strong points in any piece of fiction. He’s full of suggestions for improvement.” – Mariah Dadouch, winner of Katara Prize

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Freelance Editing

Often, revision is a matter of following our stories rather than trying to control them—of finding out what they are. We think we’re shaping the work, but the work has a shape of its own if only we can find it.

I don’t believe in rules, but I do believe in choices. All creative writing is a series of choices—choices about who our characters are and what they experience, choices about tone and point of view, plot and structure, conflict, world, imagery, genre, and so on. As an editor and teacher of writing, I see my role as demonstrating just what some of these choices are and how they effect a given work. I want to show you how other writers may have confronted similar issues in the past.

I get such satisfaction out of working closely with other writers as they move through the process. And always I try to be the kind of editor I’d want for myself. Someone dependable, flexible, someone who gets back to me quickly, someone to bounce ideas off of—someone to offer solutions.

For creative work, my introductory rate for people I’ve never worked with in any capacity is $60 an hour. After that, if you’d like to work with me again, the rate increases to $75 an hour. I offer feedback on fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and screenwriting.

“Working with Adam has helped me take the next step with my writing. He gives specific and actionable feedback.” – David Degusta, Fiction Writer

“Adam really helped me get to the next level, not by being prescriptive, but by uncovering what I really cared about in the story—and then empowering me to revise accordingly.” – Christine Olivas, fiction writer


The college application essay can make all the difference when it comes to getting into the school of your choice. But they’re also very difficult to write. How to make your essay stand out while also fitting admissions standards? I can help every step of the way, from brainstorming to final draft.

I also offer editing services for cover letters, resumes and grant proposals.

For these services, my rate is $100 an hour.

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Born and raised in Southern California, Adam Prince has since lived in New York, South Korea, Arkansas, Nicaragua, Knoxville, Baltimore, and Charleston, Illinois. He received his B.A. from Vassar College, his M.F.A from the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. His award-winning fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, and Narrative Magazine, among others. In 2011, Narrative Magazine named him one of the best twenty new writers. He served as the 2012-2013 Tickner Fellow at the Gilman School, and is now the Stokes Visiting Writer at The University of South Alabama. His first book, a short story collection called The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men, is available from Black Lawrence Press.

“Prince has a way of describing the truth behind the faces people put on that draws these characters close.” – Nancy Friend, Necessary Fiction

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