Why should you book with me?
I’m an acquiring editor at Peachtree Publishing in Atlanta, Georgia, and formerly an editor at Page Street Publishing. Not only do I know what it takes for your manuscript to stand out in the slush pile—but on the shelves too. With me, you will receive the professional care of a big house editor, with the personal touch of a cheerleader who wants nothing more than to see her clients succeed!
My authors include New York Times and ABA Indie bestseller Andrew Joseph White (Hell Followed with Us), have earned starred reviews in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awarness, and have received numerous recognitions—including a William Morris Award nomination and TIME’s list of “Best Fantasy Novels of All Time” for Woven in Moonlight. Former mentees and clients of mine include #1 New York Times bestselling author Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), New York Times bestselling author Adalyn Grace (All the Stars and Teeth), and author Alexis Henderson (Year of the Witching).
I am open to Middle Grade through Adult manuscripts, encompassing all genres of commercial fiction. No literary fiction or nonfiction, please!
To book, please fill out my contact page complete with your name, book title, genre, word count, and which services you are interested in. All payments will be processed via Paypal.
Freelance services are OPEN for July!
In-Depth Query Help – $75, includes two passes
I know, I’ve been there. Taking your 50k+ word manuscript and diluting it down to its bare-bones while also hooking that potential agent is tough! As an editor, though, I love working with queries, and sometimes that impartial eye is all you need to help see your story in a new light.
If you are struggling to get requests, or you don’t know where to start with your query, this is the package for you! Through two back-and-forth passes, I will help you find the hook of your story and draft a killer query letter!
Synopsis Help – $100, includes two passes
In this package, I will help you craft a full synopsis (1-3 single-spaced pages). You must have a rough-draft synopsis to use as a jumping off point. With that, I will go line-by-line through your synopsis and suggest what you can cut, where a reader might get confused, and where more information is needed for each version.
In-Depth Submissions Package – $200
This package includes everything in the In-depth Query Help and Synopsis Help Package (two passes on query, two passes your synopsis) + an in-depth critique of your first ten pages.
Phone or Video Call – $60
Includes a one hour phone or video call to discuss industry questions. Topics might include: how to search for critique partners and beta readers, steps to getting traditionally published, the state of the children’s or YA market and how your project fits into it, how to approach searching for an agent, or how work through a block on you current project.
“I’ll start with the facts – after working with Ashley, I got 32 full requests on my manuscript and 15 offers of representation. To say she is an editing/pitching genius is a complete understatement. Ashley has incredible instincts, a detail-oriented eye, and is always able to provide suggestions to help you fix any problems in your manuscript. I loved every single moment I got to work with her. If you’re serious about your writing career, do yourself a big favor and start working with her today!”
-Tomi Adeyemi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Children of Blood and Bone