Pitch a Book, Win an Edit


The time has come: Pitch a Book, Win an Edit has arrived! I’ve tried to predict and answer all your below:

What is Pitch a Book, Win an Edit? Pitch a Book, Win an Edit is a contest where everybody wins, but only one person gets the grand prize. Writers pitch their completed manuscript to me the same way they would to an agent/publisher, and I will pick the submission I think has the most potential. That writer will win a developmental edit of their full manuscript!

Everyone else, while they won’t receive the free edit, will receive a response explaining why I did not pick their submission. So, even if you don’t win the grand prize, you will receive feedback that will hopefully help you improve your concept or query for future submissions.

How do I submit? Email your query to winanedit@gmail.com before June 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. Manuscripts in any genre or age group, and of any length, are welcomed. Your email must include:

  • subject line I want to win an edit for Title by Author Name (Insert your manuscript title and your author name. Any emails without the appropriate subject line will be deleted without opening).
  • a query letter with:
    • a personalized opening (e.g. Dear Jessica, Attention Ms. Trudel)
    • metadata (age group, genre, and wordcount)
    • 1-2 paragraph plot/character summary
    • short author bio
  • the first 3000 words of your manuscript (pasted in the body of the email)

Absolutely no attachments. Each author may submit only once to this contest. If you do not follow the submission instructions, your submission will be rejected. Read and re-read the submission guidelines before you click send.

What will you do with my submission? After reading your query letter and the first 3000 words of your manuscript, I may want to see more of your manuscript or see a synopsis of your book. If so, I will email you to request additional materials. Make sure your full manuscript and book synopsis are ready to go.

On the other hand, I may not feel your submission is the winning submission. If so, I’ll email you back right away briefly explaining why you did not win. It could be that you didn’t follow the submission instructions, or it could be that I don’t feel your manuscript is ready for developmental editing. Please remember, my comments are meant to help you improve your story concept or querying skills. My words are not a personal attack, though I know it can feel like I’m attacking your book baby.

When will the winner be announced? The winner will be announced this summer, though I can’t be sure when as it will depend on how many submissions I receive. I reserve the right to close the contest to new entries at any time if I receive more submissions than I can handle.

What do I do if I don’t receive a response to my submission? All submissions will be responded to prior to the announcement of the winner, so if you have not received a response by the time the winner is announced, your submission either did not have the appropriate subject line (and thus was deleted without opening), or I did not receive it. Please check your email sent folder to verify that you did in fact send your entry prior to the deadline, and that the subject line followed the submission guidelines. Feel free to reply to your original sent email if you think I missed your entry or deleted it unfairly.

When will the winning manuscript be edited? The developmental edit will be completed in or by Fall 2019 depending on the length of the winning manuscript and the complexity of the edits.

What’s in this for you? An editor’s career flourishes after their name is attached to a successful, published book. The goal is for me to choose an author/manuscript that I believe has the most potential to not just be published, but become a bestseller. No, I’m not phishing for book ideas to steal: I have enough book ideas of my own that I will never have a chance to write.

What if I have questions not answered here? If you have questions, do not email the contest address as any email sent to that address without the correct subject line will be deleted. Please email jessicatrudelwrites@gmail.com with any questions related to this contest. You may also ask me on Twitter if you prefer. My handle is @reallitbulbs.

“Jessica Trudel recently provided me with a structural edit of my first novel. I am extremely impressed with her professional and in-depth feedback. An hour long face chat today after receiving the written report was invaluable. Jessica is easy to chat to and her feedback and ideas are fantastic. I can highly recommend her editing services.” – Sal Gallaher

SFFpit and CarinaPitch are coming soon!

I’ve updated the pitch party list on Twitter and on my website. #SFFpit is just two days away, and Carina Press has announced the next #CarinaPitch. Want to know what else is coming down the pitch party pipeline? Click here for the web version, or see the tweet below.


Free Editing Services

**NOTE: I am currently booked up through the new year. Please don’t send me any requests for sample edits until February 2020.**

What All Editors Should Do

Before you hire an editor, you should always request a sample. There are many reasons to request a sample:

  • To gauge the editor’s level of knowledge and skill
  • To make sure you understand what type of editing (e.g. developmental, line, proofreading) they do
  • To develop your working relationship with the editor and see if they are a good fit

If any editor refuses to provide you with a small sample edit, run. This is common practice for any professional editor.

What I Do

I provide a free 300 word developmental edit to anyone who requests one. You can send any 300 words. You don’t have to be planning on hiring me right now to be eligible. I’ll do it even if you’re years away from completing a manuscript. I can only provide you with a free sample edit, however. This is my livelihood, after all.

The most common things that people send me are:

  • The opening of their novel (to test the impact of the first few paragraphs)
  • Short stories
  • Query letters

I hope that once you see the value of my services, you will want to hire me as your editor. Regardless, you’ll get something out of this partnership.

What I Don’t Do

I don’t edit poetry or academic writing.


“BIG shout out to Jessica Trudel for her support and feedback on my query. She gave especially detailed notes that will make a world of difference.”
Courtney McGuire (Facebook, 2018)

“Nice, professional feedback. Highly recommended!”
Emily Smith (Facebook, 2018)

“Her feedback and suggestions were right on. I have a project coming up in the near future where I strongly considering using her services. She’s worth checking out.”
Rae Mae (Facebook, 2017)

“I had my 300 word sample reviewed and am over the moon. Thank you so much.” Shirley Fridar Phiri: (Facebook, 2017)


  • Email up to 300 words to jessicatrudelwrites@gmail.com. It doesn’t have to be the first 300 words; you pick which 300 words you want to have edited.
  • Post the words in the BODY of the email (no attachments).
  • Include the subject line: Request for Review [Author Name]
  • Do not include story background or context. Your words will stand on their own merit.
  • You are eligible to receive this service only once.
  • I will be constructive and respectful, but some of it may still sting. Just try not to take it personally.
  • Turnaround time will depend on demand. There are some days where I can respond within the hour, and other times where it may take a week or two. Please be patient, but don’t be afraid to give me a nudge if you’ve been waiting a while.

FLASH RAFFLE – Win a novel edit!

UPDATE 05/18: No one participated in the raffle, so I didn’t manage to get a novel to edit, but my editorial calendar is full anyway with other projects, so it’s better than nothing. 🙂

I have been editing a lot of short stories lately. While I love short stories, and will continue to edit them, I’m itching to edit a novel. It’s been too long!

Flash Raffle


When you buy a Flash Raffle ticket, you get two things: a chance to win the big prize, and the ability to have one piece of flash fiction, up to 1000 words, edited by me. You don’t have to submit a short story if you don’t want to; you could just hold out for the big one if you want.

On May 1, 2018, I will draw a name. That person will win free developmental editing for one novel of up to 100,000 words. That’s a value of up to $5000!


Here’s a few reasons:
1. I want to edit a novel again! It’s been a while and since I can’t seem to bring in a novel client through traditional methods, I’m willing to do one novel for free.
2. I see a lot of writers upset and lost because they can’t afford professional editing. It’s expensive! I thought this would be a great way for someone to get it done for free (or, at the very low cost of a raffle ticket).
3. I get to fill my editorial calendar for the months of April and May.
4. It’s a way for me to spread the word about my services. I hope that all the satisfied client who have flash fiction pieces edited will think of me when they have future work and tell all their writer friends about me.

It’s a WIN-WIN!


STEP 1: Send your payment to jessicatrudel13@gmail.com via PayPal or email money transfer. The price is $50 per ticket. There’s no bulk discount or taxes to add. You may buy a maximum of 5 tickets under your name and email address. Send one payment for all your tickets please.

STEP 2: Fill out the form below. Make sure the email address you enter below matches the one connected to the payment you sent to avoid confusion. NOTE: By entering your email address below, you agree to receive commercial email messages from me. You can unsubscribe at any time.

STEP 3: Wait for a confirmation email from me. If you have not received a confirmation email within 72 hours of submitting your name and email address above, please send a follow up email to jessicatrudel13@gmail.com so I can look into it.

STEP 4: Email me your flash fiction of up to 500 words (if you’d like to have a flash fiction piece edited). Put Flash Raffle, the title of your story, and your name in the subject line of the email, and paste the text of your story into the body of the email. Do NOT send attachments. If you’ve purchased more than one ticket, submit each story in a separate email.

STEP 5: Wait for my email announcing the winner of the raffle on May 1, 2018.


  • One ticket enters your name once. You may buy no more than five raffle tickets.
  • No refunds will be provided unless I fail to complete the work (which I won’t, but it’s good to be clear about these things).
  • The big prize is transferable. If you win the novel edit and have a friend you’d like to gift it to, you may do so, as long as only one novel of no more than 100,000 words is edited in the end.
  • Only send a completed manuscript. Developmental editing is designed to look at the big picture of the whole story, not to look at an incomplete part of a larger story. This applies to both the novel and flash fiction pieces.
  • For those who are part of the Facebook group Fiction Writing and are submitting flash fiction to me intended for AFOW, please know that I have no power within that group to help you get published, and I am not submitting anything myself for AFOW, so there is no potential conflict of interest.
  • I will aim to edit all flash fiction sent to me during the month of April, however I don’t yet know what the demand will be. I reserve the right to stop accepting payments or selling tickets at any time to ensure the odds stay acceptable (and so that my sanity remains in tact).

Please direct any questions to jessicatrudel13@gmail.com or connect with me on Facebook.