Nathan Bransford, Author

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I'm offering editing and consultations!

One of the things I loved most about being a literary agent for eight years was working with authors on revisions, and I'm very excited to get back to those roots.

I can help you with:

  • Manuscript editing
  • Query critiques
  • Partial critiques and consultations
  • Developmental editing
  • Brainstorming
  • Social media consulting
  • Random side projects
  • Job offers
  • You name it

We can arrange a combination of editing and a consultation call or two (or three) via phone or Skype, depending on what you need. 

Contact me at if you're interested. Rates and timing depend on the scope of the project and my availability. I regret that I won't be able to take on all projects. Oh, and I'm a terrible copyeditor so if you need that you're much better off elsewhere (and I'd be happy to refer you to someone).

Some of the projects I've helped edit in the past include Rock Paper Tiger, named one of Amazon's Top 100 novels of the year in 2010, and Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard, which received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus and for which I provided development feedback.

I realize that not everyone can afford to pay for editing (here are the things to take into account beforehand), and I'll continue to do public page critiques and blog about broader writing topics.


Art: David Rittenhouse by Charles Willson Peale


Lauren B. said...

Ooo. Noted.

Harley Brooks said...

Awesome! When I reach that point, I will definitely investigate further.

Cindy Paul said...

Perfect timing Nathan - just what I needed to hear! I messaged you my official request. Hope to hear from you soon regarding my query letter and/or novel critique. Cindy

Shepherd said...

You're going to have six bazillion emails now begging for help with manuscripts...I may have to seat myself on that bandwagon seeing as you are one of few I would trust with my money.

Shawn said...

Dude, you could have unboxed a Ouija board in an abandoned asylum on Halloween and not invited that much grief into your life.

Are your Wobblie freelancer comrades not coming through with the green?

Seriously. Volunteering for pharmaceutical experiments would be an easier way to make rent.

Ernie J. Zelinski said...


I like the humor in your comment. The comment would likely apply to me. Not something that I would like to do even though I have
been quite successful at self-publishing with over 800,000 of my books sold worldwide.

But I think that Nathan will do great provided there is a market for his services.

Anonymous said...

Shepherd, like you, Nathan was one of the only people I felt I could trust with my money. I think his recent consultation for my manuscript gave me some invaluable insights that have spurred me to revision. I think I will end up with a much better novel when the process is done. Nathan has invaluable insight and experience as a former agent that I think you can only get from someone who's worked as an agent or editor. I think there is definitely a market for his services. After all, who else can tell you what "hits the mark" from an agent's perspective? Thanks again Nathan!

K L Romo said...

Didn't mean to post as anonymous!

D. C. Lee said...

Sorry Nathan. I'm an old friend of your parents (77) with whom I've just reconnected after 50 years!. Your mom suggested I touch base with you and this is one of the only ways I could see on your blog. Would love to connect with Diane and Donny's son. You can find out about me on FB or, your mom can give you my FB info. Thanks,

D. C. 'Dan' Lee

John Levins said...

I recently contacted Nathan for editing help on my query letter and the first 20 pages of my manuscript. His advice was extremely helpful, and his perspective as a developmental editor gave me insight into the first 2 chapters that significantly improved the pacing. He also identified a few areas that could confuse a reader, and offered great solutions.

I had polished both my query and manuscript to the point where I couldn't do more on my own, and my trusted beta reader had suggested I get Nathan's help. It was worth it!

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