As a creative mentor, I specialize in various editorial services to help writers refine their craft and bring their stories to life. My services include line editing, developmental editing, sensitivity reading, beta reading, manuscript evaluation, and writing coaching.
"As members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gila and I have swapped several manuscripts as each other's beta reader. Her comments have been both helpful and supportive. She is a consummate professional, a writer/editor with a heart, delivering her services in a timely and diplomatic manner. I recommend her highly." — Marc Kornblatt, Filmmaker/Author, USA/Israel
"Gila is a rare creative mentor who focuses on the craft and intention of the work. She encourages her students to push their creative boundaries. I had the pleasure of working with her individually on some of my own creative work, and I felt empowered by her clear guidance and encouragement to focus on the work. It helped me grow as a writer." — Anastasia Wasko, Writer, Editor, & Transpersonal Guide, New Orleans, USA
"Gila is great! I gave her my first draft of the first fiction book I ever attempted, for copy editing. She was quick, thorough, flexible, and very generous with her time. And very sensitive to a first-time writer's feelings. Gila went well beyond the mandate, providing me with valuable and thoughtful insights on my manuscript's story and structure. I highly recommend her." — Jeremy Esekow, Raanana, Israel
Line Editing: Line editing, often called copy editing, addresses faulty logic, repetition, weak verbs, poor word choice, clunky passages, and wooden dialogue. All these elements and more are carefully examined during a content edit.
Developmental Editing: Developmental editing is an in-depth, big-picture critique that delves into main story elements such as plot, setting, character, and pace. It is a comprehensive review that may involve significant changes like saying goodbye to a character, merging characters, reimagining settings, or introducing new motifs. This service is for authors seeking substantial feedback to enhance the overall success of their manuscript.
Sensitivity Reading: If you're grappling with authentic portrayals of characters like Jewish secular/Jewish religious/Israeli/Sephardi/Yemenite, my sensitivity reading service ensures cultural accuracy without resorting to stereotypes. With a background in teaching writing and editing in Israel since 1994, I specialize in helping Jewish writers connect with diverse audiences. Clients for sensitivity reading include children's and middle-grade books, with experience working for Harper Collins.
Beta Reading: For those in need of a fresh perspective, beta reading provides a quick opinion on your work. It involves critiquing by noting areas such as "needs more tension here" or "inconsistent." This service is designed for experienced authors who can address identified flaws independently and seek a brief opinion or double-check before submission.
Manuscript Evaluation: My most popular service, manuscript evaluation, goes beyond a beta read, offering a comprehensive overview and detailed notes on what works and what doesn't. You'll receive extensive feedback and guidance, including several suggestions aligned with your vision and target audience. This service is ideal for authors looking for in-depth critiques to refine their manuscripts and move forward with confidence.
- Zoom Consultations: I offer one-hour Zoom consultations for writers who have questions about any stage of their work, the publication process, agents, query letters, or any other aspect of their writing journey.
Specialized Writing Services:
Academic Editing and Proofreading: For academic clients pursuing MA or PhD theses, I provide expert editing services with a concentration on the humanities and the social sciences. Whether your project is in the realm of literature, history, sociology, or any related field, I am dedicated to enhancing the clarity and coherence of your academic work.
Business Writing: I also offer business writing services, including crafting compelling letters to clients, explaining campaigns, and speech writing. For your business communication needs, I offer a versatile skill set to elevate your written content. Whether it's refining your letters to clients, articulating campaign explanations, or crafting compelling speeches, I bring expertise to enhance the effectiveness of your messages.
I believe in offering flexible solutions to meet your unique needs. Prices for my services start at $67 (USD) or 240 NIS, ensuring accessibility while maintaining the high quality and personalized attention your project deserves. Please note that my rates are posted as a starting point for the overall project. Some manuscripts are translations, some are first drafts, and others are already very polished.
For a detailed quote tailored to your specific requirements, please feel free to reach out through the contact form. I look forward to discussing how I can assist you in bringing your project to its full potential!"