poetry editing

why hire a poetry editor?

poetry is an incredibly personal art form. that being said, sometimes we need a person on the outside who we can trust to provide feedback. the order makes sense in your head, but will it make sense to your readers? is the theme strong? did you get your message across?

my goal is to make you feel confident about sharing your poetry book—whether you are looking for traditional publishers or want to self-publish—and to be a trusted guide who partners with you through the process.

manuscript appraisal & proofreading ($3.15 per page)

you’ll receive:

  • a manuscript appraisal. i will read your poetry collection and provide feedback on the theme, order of the poems and sections, overall flow, and more. you’ll receive an encouraging document with comments on my favorite poems and guidance for those that could be strengthened.

  • a thoroughly proofread collection. i edit for grammar, spelling and simple stylistic edits. i will point out phrases that don’t make sense or could be improved. i may suggest areas of improvement and rewrite phrases while maintaining your voice.

  • poetry collections are priced per page ($3.15 per page). please let me know the total page count of the poems in your collection. they should be 12pt font (or larger) and your document should be sized to a standard poetry book size, such as 6x9 inches or 5x8 inches.

    the pricing above comes with one round of editing. additional rounds of editing are discounted.

  • please note that pricing varies for each project based on total word count and page count.

testimony from katelyn taylor,

meet your editor, shelby leigh

shelby leigh smiling with her hand on her hip, wearing a words heal tee

as an author of multiple poetry books, including the bestselling changing with the tides, i know the time, dedication and passion you’ve put into your work.

i promise to foster your writing style and vision while providing encouraging feedback to strengthen your collection.

boring stuff: i have a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications and professional writing.

exciting stuff: i have been writing creatively throughout my life, including poetry for 7 years. i've studied poetry professionally and worked with dozens of poets on their collections, totaling up to more than 1000 poems edited!

now, i partner with writers throughout the process of writing, editing, publishing and marketing their books. my mission is to help other writers become more confident and clear about their marketing strategy.

how i edit:

  • all edits are tracked so you can choose which edits to accept. i also leave encouraging comments throughout on my favorite poems or lines. you know, the ones that make me cry, laugh, feel something!

  • i maintain your voice and style. (let me address the elephant in the room… i write in all lowercase. if that’s not your style, i’ll make sure to follow yours when editing.)

  • if we’re doing multiple rounds of editing, i’ll send back your edited manuscript. you’ll review and implement feedback, and send it back to me for the next round.

submit an inquiry by clicking the button below and entering your name and email, and shelby will be in touch with additional details to get you booked in for poetry editing! signing up does not lock you into anything; it just allows me to know you're interested so i can reach out, answer your questions, and provide you with more information.

previously edited works...

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book covers in order: PMDD & me, Not broken becoming, Pheonix, the sun warm on me

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