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2018 Update

Due to my other commitments, I am not currently accepting new clients, except for proofreading by Patrycja Pakula. Existing clients, please email or use the Contact Form to be accommodated if possible. Thank you!


Copy Edit

Focus on spelling, grammar, punctuation, tense, mechanics, sentence structure, internal language consistency, continuity, and other technical items.


Focus on technical issues such as spelling, grammar, punctuation, typographical errors, spacing issues, and other formatting mistakes. A final step before publishing.

Line Edit

Focus on phrasing, diction, pacing, clarity of author’s meaning, paragraph flow, sentence structure, repetition, redundancy, tightening of the language, catching clichés, and other style issues.

Developmental Edit

Focus on story arc, characterization, believability, plot, structure, and showing vs. telling.

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Dominion Rising #14 on the USA Today Best Seller List (August 13, 2017), including Reign of Bone and Steel
Dominion Rising #4 on the Wall Street Journal Best Seller List (August 13, 2017), including Reign of Bone and Steel

“Monika not only improved my novel, but she also made me a better writer. She does more than just mark up the text. She provides you with the reasoning behind her changes—explanations and examples that were like thousands of light bulbs turning on. I learned so much from her, all of which I’ll take with me into my next writing project.

Not only that, but her involvement extends far beyond what most freelance editors provide. Her process includes multiple exchanges with the author. She provided input on revisions, answered questions and even helped tighten up the novel’s blurb. It’s a whole novel approach, and the end result is something I’m proud to have my name on.

I could not be more pleased with her work. Out of five stars, Monika gets six.

—Lena Maye, author of Break Me

“Deciding to work with Monika was the single best decision I could have made. For myself. For my book. For my hopes for a future career as an author. She didn’t just clean up my manuscript, or make sure it’s not riddled with errors, she gave me the confidence and the support I needed to publish my story with pride.

It felt like working with a friend, a professional and a mentor, and I am so grateful to have found her. What could have been an arduous process with someone else, became a fun, collaborative one with her. Beyond that, I know that she considered my goals and style in every single one of her revisions. Intensely thorough and deeply tailored to my story’s needs, this was not a quick or easy edit. Far from it. She went through it carefully multiple times, and caught things I’d never have found even if I read it a million times.

At each stage of the process, I was impressed with her methodical approach. No adjustments were suggested without explanation. Her comments ranged from broad, touching on the whole scope of the novel itself and the character arcs, to intensely specific, touching on worldbuilding moments or characters’ nicknames. She noticed everything, and even helped iron out the details of my invented alien language, which was certainly beyond my expectations. It was, in short, an enlightening experience and I know I came out of it a far more aware and attentive writer.”

—Imogen Keeper, author of The Breaking
Magic and Mayhem #27 on the USA Today Best Seller List (August 11, 2016), including Rebel’s Honor
Magic and Mayhem #13 on The New York Times Best Seller List (August 21, 2016), including Rebel’s Honor
Dark Humanity #8 on the USA Today Best Seller List (February 12, 2017), including Queen of Extinction
Dark Humanity #5 on The New York Times Best Seller List (February 12, 2017), including Queen of Extinction

“Monika Holabird did a superb line editing job on Torn Trousers, cleaning up multiple issues left by a previous ‘editor.’ I now recommend the book with absolute confidence that my readers can immerse themselves in the world without stumbling over commas and typos.”

—Gwynn White, author of Torn Trousers

“With laser-sharp logic, Monika Holabird took Warlord’s Wager, my disjointed steampunk fantasy, and helped me structure it into a page-turning adventure. The book would have been nothing without her help as a content editor.”

—Gwynn White, author of Warlord’s Wager

“Working with Monika Holabird is an absolute pleasure. I gave her a good story to edit, but after she brought her sharp logic to the plot and characters and her critical eye to the text, I ended up with an excellent story. She delivered the work promptly and went the extra mile to make sure I was totally satisfied with her service. I would recommend her to any author wanting to hone their book before self-publishing or querying agents.

—Gwynn White, author of Rebel’s Honor
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