Blue Pen Editing
I am a full-time book editor specializing in fiction. Previous clients have secured literary agents and produced bestselling self-published books.
My editing philosophy is to treat each manuscript as I would want my own to be treated. That means being ruthless and encouraging. My goal is for each client to end the editing process with both a polished manuscript and improved writing and editing skills.
Line Editing: I edit for concision, clarity, and correctness, following the Chicago Manual of Style. During line editing, I focus on removing the stylistic barriers that keep your strengths from shining. I recognize that your voice is crucial to the story; after line editing, the unique voice will be even stronger.
Developmental Editing: We work together to improve the big-picture elements: character development, plot, structure, etc. I mark your manuscript with in-text comments and provide an in-depth letter noting the piece’s strengths and weaknesses and providing an action plan for improvement. Developmental editing also includes a voice or video call to discuss the notes and answer any questions.
I also offer manuscript critiques, proofreading, and submission services. See my full list of editing services.
My specialties include speculative fiction, suspense and thrillers, Appalachian fiction, and anything with a literary bent, but I have experience working with most genres.
“It’s not easy for me to hand my work over for someone else, let alone allow them to work it. Given Victoria’s care, fairness, kind professionalism, attention to detail, as well as her patience and wherewithal that she is handling something precious, I will continue to use Victoria for all my editing needs. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for the same.”
– KL Watkins, I AM A TRAVELLER
“Working with Victoria was one of the highlights of my writing process. Both excited and nervous, I handed my manuscript over to her and waited anxiously for her comments. Victoria was professional, kind, and direct about what needed to be done to make my manuscript the best that it could be. Her edits arrived in a timely manner and gave me a fantastic guideline of how to proceed with my manuscript. Any writer looking for quality editing with honest feedback, should look no further than Victoria Griffin and Blue Pen Editing services.”
– Tanya Williams, BECOMING MRS. SMITH
“It can be hard to justify splashing out on the costs of an editor and just as hard to pick one from all the different people offering services. I would say that a good editor really makes a difference, and I suspect that if I’d used Victoria’s services at an earlier stage in the process, it’d have saved me a lot of self-editing trial and error.”
– Georgiana Derwent, THE DICTATOR’S WIFE
PO Box 301
Corryton, TN 37721
Years in the field: 7
Years freelancing: 3