Are you trying to get your book published but don’t know where to start? I can help.Author and editor Roxanne Snopek

Whether you’re writing a novel or a newsletter, it can be a daunting task to shape it into the manuscript you imagined. With 30+ years of experience in the publishing industry, first as a freelance writer of essays, articles, non-fiction books and educational material, then as a USA Today bestselling author of 25 novels and novellas, I’ve got information you need.

After working with many authors over the years,  I began editing professionally in 2020 and am now a graduate of the Simon Fraser University Editing Program. I understand all too well the challenging publishing landscape, the vulnerability of being a new author, the fear of rejection. I will be honest and thorough, and you will work hard. But I am always be kind, respectful and encouraging.

I specialize in commercial fiction, especially romance and women’s fiction, editing for dramatic structure, narrative cohesion, character arcs and genre-specific beats. However, I will tailor my editing to your needs, from full structural editing to shaping your manuscript for the best chance at publication, to partial manuscript evaluation for developmental advice.

I’m also available to edit non-fiction manuscripts, and shorter material including newsletters, marketing and promotional material and corporate communication.

* As a working novelist, I limit my availability for editing and am currently booking at least two months in advance. 

Editing Services

I focus on providing structural editing and stylistic editing, following the professional guidelines for ethical editing as set out by Editors Canada, of which I am a member.

Structural editing is about assessing and shaping material to improve its organization and content. In structural editing, paragraphs get moved around and the editor looks to ensure there is a logical order to the content. The structural editor may reorder content, cut some, or request material be expanded.

When providing a structural edit, I will assess characterization, plot, setting, structure, pacing and voice, ensuring that necessary plot points, character arcs and genre-specific beats are present and in the right place. I will provide a written evaluation of the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses and a strategy for fixing the weak areas.

Stylistic editing is about clarifying meaning, improving flow and smoothing language. The stylistic editor ensures the language is appropriate for the audience, medium and purpose and will ensure the language accurately reflects the writer’s voice and tone. This is where I’ll help you identify your audience, whether it be a particular publishing house, an imprint, a subgenre and make sure that the way you’ve written your story aligns with what those readers will expect.

Coaching services

Coaching will include discussing an author’s goals, the genre they are writing in, the publishing houses or literary agencies they wish to query, current market trends in their genre, the audience for their manuscript and whether or not to consider self-publishing.

Manuscript Evaluation

I will provide feedback on a partial manuscript, an outline or proposal, discussing structure, plotting, characterization and pacing.



The time required to edit every book will vary, depending on length, quality of writing and the amount of editing required. I expect the average time required for a structural edit on an 80,000-word manuscript will be 20-40 hours. My current fee is $50.00/hour, plus GST.


I will assess a written query from the author, followed by a conversation by phone of up to one hour, for a flat fee of $100.00 plus GST. Additional time will be charged at $25.00/15 minutes.

Manuscript Evaluation

I will assess the written material, provide a written report, charging a fee of $75.00/hour, plus GST.

* As a working novelist, I limit my availability for editing and am currently booking at least two months in advance. 

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