Haiku is an ancient form of poetry that relies on a masterful economy of language to convey a distinct impression. At Haiku Editorial I strive for a sense of clarity in my clients’ writing. No edit is too small, no plot point insignificant. (While Basho and other haiku masters could spend an entire lifetime pondering a single syllable, I work at a more modern pace.)
Being a solo endeavor, however, I must choose my clients and projects carefully. I select works that provide the most aesthetic promise and prefer collaborative partners who understand the rigors and demands of literary pursuits.
A wide range of genres and topics. Literary. Academic. Research. Scientific. Stories. Essays. Press releases.
This category of editing is a line-by-line review of grammar, tense, idiomaticity, syntax, capitalization, punctuation, clarity, and word usage. It may also include continuity, flow, and basic structure. Depending on the quality and state of the text, the revision may be light or substantive; your needs determine the depth, which in turn determines pacing and cost. Generally performed at a pace of 3-10 pages/hr.
Not to be confused with proofreading, which is reserved for texts that have already been professionally edited.
60€ per hour (+ VAT where applicable)Tell me what you need
DEVELOPMENTAL AND SUBSTANTIVE EDITING
This service focuses on the conceptual and structural development of novels, nonfiction, memoirs, theses, stories, etc. It does not include much line editing but instead aims to nail down the work’s central idea, narrative arc, and informational flow, as well as tone, voice, style and other key literary elements.
We will work together in determining what your novel needs to best tell the story and convey the core themes and principles.
75 € per hour (+ VAT where applicable)Contact me to get started
BOOK EDITING AND REVISION
Book editing is not for the faint of heart. Projects may span months or years or may be done in as little as days, depending on your needs and time frame. However, I'm not intimidated. I have edited some two-dozen books on their path toward publishing.
I am passionate about every step of the process, from inception to development to launch, and I can assist with any or all stages, be it editing, coaching, polishing, or general guidance. But by and large my talent lies in development of books and editing them for style and voice. It all depends on your needs.
My fee can be applied hourly or by the project.Let's talk!
Helping Writers Learn
To help my clients and writers in general better understand certain literary principles, I've started making some infographics. They focus on key topics and help elucidate complicated concepts and aspects of writing and development.
Elements of Conflict Free for download or sharing
Tension and conflict are crucial for any compelling narrative. With this infographic I seek to convey some of the key elements that you’ll need to integrate into your story, be it fiction, non-fiction, memoir, or any other long work utilizing a traditional narrative arc.
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Praise for Haiku Editorial
“Chris is not just a brilliant wordsmith in his own right, he was also able to bring out the hidden writer in me. His critique is always precise, supportive and encouraging, and he was able to elevate my writing to make it shine like I never thought possible. I have now produced a finished book and learned so much about myself and the art of writing in the process.”
“Great working with Chris! He really helped me refine and develop my book project from start to finish. For all your editing, writing & proofreading needs be sure to reach out to him.”
“Deep gratitude for your patient, incisive, and supportive edits. For first-time authors who think they don’t need a professional editor, yes, you do.”