Editing Services

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Are you looking for someone to help you make your manuscript the best it can be & make it highly publishable? Do you have a vision for your work, but could use guidance in how to realize it?

I would love to read your work! Working with authors while editing & advising on their manuscripts is my passion. I offer free Zoom sessions with every purchased chapbook & full-length manuscript package, so that you may ask any questions you have about my feedback once you receive it.

SERVICES PROVIDED

Full-Length Manuscript (31-110 pages of poems): for your full-length manuscript, I offer guidance regarding line edits, ordering, possible titles/title changes, ways to vary form & structure, strengths & weaknesses of the book as a whole & identification of both core themes & core narrative. In addition to comments within the manuscript itself, I include 1-2 pages of narrative feedback on the manuscript as a whole. This includes 5-10 presses I feel might be a good fit for the packet. A 30-minute Zoom session is included in this package for you to ask questions after receiving my feedback, or for us to discuss anything else related to poetry life! Package is $599. Payment plans are available.

Chapbook Manuscript (15-30 poems, up to 50 pages): for your chapbook manuscript, I offer guidance regarding line edits, ordering, possible titles/title changes, ways to vary form & structure, strengths & weaknesses of the book as a whole & identification of both core themes & core narrative. In addition to comments within the manuscript itself, I include 1-2 pages of narrative feedback on the manuscript as a whole. This includes 5-10 presses I feel might be a good fit for the packet. A 30-minute Zoom session is included in this package for you to ask questions after receiving my feedback, or for us to discuss anything else related to poetry life! Package is $399. Payment plans are available.

Other services are available by request. These may include individual Zoom consults, more in-depth suggestions in publishing (how to get started, where to submit, etc.), editing for less than 15 poems (micro-chapbook or individual poems), etc.

TESTIMONIALS

Joan’s feedback was incredible. She immediately grasped my vision, found threads between poems, and line edited with a keen eye. She treated my manuscript with such care and I was excited to see her exhibit curiosity on the many cultural references in my work. She gave me specific direction for revision and submission to presses. She was a joy to work with. 

Sally Badawi

Joan Glass is a superlative and professional editor— warm, honest and keeps the big picture in mind. She was excellent at reading my manuscript and swiftly providing judicious and succinct advice. She knows the current landscape of the poetry world and was, also, excellent at providing ideas for where to submit the ” book in progress.”

Dr. Kate Aisenberg, Psy.D, PH.D

Joan Kwon Glass is a conscientious, generous, insightful manuscript consultant and line editor. Her encouraging, spot-on feedback rings true for me, makes me believe there could be a book in what seemed to be the mess of poems I sent her. I’m grateful for the skill, conviction, vision, and grace that Joan brings to her editing work. 

William Woolfitt, Professor of Creative Writing at Penn State University & Author of Spring Up Everlasting & Beauty Strip

Working with Joan was a wonderful experience.  She gave thoughtful feedback on my manuscript through her in-line comments, as well as through her detailed narrative reflection. Additionally, she offers possible press suggestions for your manuscript.  I also found the virtual meeting with her to be an added bonus, a time to follow up with more questions and to receive further clarification on the material.  It was an honor to work with such a talented poet and educator.

Chantel Carlson, Professor of Drama & Poetry at Texas Christian University

Working with Joan was an in-depth and constructive experience. With encouragement and honesty, she helped my writing with insights as a reader and writer, and was warm and approachable. I felt like a priority, and the enthusiasm she exuded made the entire process actually fun! She dug in to the minutiae of her editing, as well as maintaining a focus on highlighting what was promising.

Dylan Webster, Author of Dislocated

As a huge fan of Joan’s poetry, I was thrilled for the opportunity to have her provide editing feedback to me. Her feedback was thoughtful, thorough, and supportive; it’s clear she spent a lot of time with my poetry and truly wants me to be successful with edits and submissions. She offered actionable next steps that allowed me to not get overwhelmed by the process. She also took the time to thank me for the topics I write about (often grief, trauma, and depression), making me feel so seen. I’m beyond grateful for her care and her guidance. 

Miriam Kramer

What a delight to work with a sensitive editor like Joan Kwon Glass.   She was superb at grasping the narrative arc of my chapbook as well as suggesting line edits; and her ideas for new poems were stellar.  Plus, our virtual conversation was warm and motivating. I highly recommend her to any poet with a manuscript, whatever stage it’s in.  

Carla Sarett, PhD/ Author of She Has Visions (Main Street Rag Press, forthcoming 2022).

Joan provided feedback on a full-length manuscript for me. But she did more than that. She found in the poems I’d sent an ebb and flow, a shape, a flowing. She saw possibilities I had seen or begun to dream. Oh, and she was fast, thorough, easy to communicate with, and right on with her line edits. Working with Joan is a good deal!

Hilary King