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.
I offer feedback on fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and screenwriting. For creative work, my introductory rate is $50 an hour. After that, if you’d like to work with me again, the rate increases slightly to $60 an hour.
I also offer more general editing services for cover letters, resumes, grant proposals and so on. For these, my rate is $75 an hour.
“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