The moment Harry enters Diagon Alley. The moment Frodo says he'll walk the ring into Mordor. The moment Lucy steps through the wardrobe.

This is your threshold moment.

It's time to finish your book.


If you have questions, make sure to check out the FAQs below. If you need to get in touch with me for partnerships, collaborations, or if you just want to say hi, you can email me at ashly.hilst@gmail.com. You can also use the super easy form below to get in touch (this form sends your email to me postmarked via Hogwarts and Narnia, but then lands safely in my inbox, I promise). I will get back to you within 2 business days!

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FAQs

What if my manuscript isn’t finished?

Send it on over! You don’t need a finished book. That’s one of my goals here - to get you across that elusive finish line. Even if you have half a manuscript and you’re just stuck, we can work with what you have.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment varies based on the package you choose and the length of your manuscript. Typically, the first round of edits takes two weeks, then you have three to four weeks to revise. My last round of edits takes about one to two weeks. Our total time working together will typically be about six to eight weeks.

Do your packages include copyediting?

My developmental editing packages include general editing (I’ve never seen a typo I didn’t want to fix) but not the detailed, minute copyediting that you might want if you were about to send your manuscript to print. Once your developmental edits are complete, I can recommend a few excellent copy editors if you are interested.

Can you guarantee my book will be finished by the time we are done working together?

This depends a lot on you and your manuscript - how much time you pour into the book during the editing process, as well as how far along you are in the book writing process when you contact me. I've worked on plot summaries, half-finished manuscripts, and completed first drafts, and each one was a little bit different. It also depends on your idea of "finished." Are you wanting a manuscript ready to send to agents? Or ready to self-publish? Self-publishing requires copyediting and special formatting, so you will likely still have some work to do after we are done. If you have further questions about this, hit me up. I'd be happy to give you guidance based on your specific situation.

Alas! I just don’t think I can afford your packages! But I’d love help with my book. Do you offer any cheaper packages?

If these packages don’t work for you, contact me and let’s talk about what you need. I’d be happy to customize a package for your budget!

I’m not really a writer, but I’m writing a book. Can you help?

Um, yes! But first, do you want to know a secret? Tons of writers don’t think they are “really” writers. I’m pretty sure there is a secret society that bestows the title of writer on a few worthies. Meanwhile, I’m right there with you - most days I still wonder if I’m actually a writer. It’s strange.

I’m writing a nonfiction book. Is that your thing or do you only work with fiction?

Yes, it’s my thing. Words are my thing. ALL THE WORDS.

I’m an entrepreneur who is writing an ebook for my business. Is that something you can help with?

Yep, send it on over. Let's do this.

I’m writing a course. Do you provide developmental editing for course creation?

Absolutely! I'd love nothing more than to dig in to your course with you. Plus, the teacher in me likes to nerd out over courses because it reminds me of being in the classroom.

 

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