Manuscript consultations and developmental edits for novels-in-progress are available on a limited, case-by-case basis.
This process involves a thorough reading of your manuscript for elements such as character development, plot, pacing, conflict, setting, and all other elements of story. Comments and feedback are provided on the manuscript itself, as well as in an editorial letter approximately 3 to 5 pages in length. Additionally, all developmental edits include a 1-hour Skype consultation to discuss your work and any questions you have regarding feedback.
For more information and to receive a quote for manuscript consultations and developmental edits, please fill out this form.
OTHER EDITORIAL SERVICES
Query letter reviews
6-month, 1-on-1 mentorship
Private workshops for writing groups (via Skype or in-person locally)
For quotes on these and other services, contact Natalia.
Natalia Sylvester is the author of the novels CHASING THE SUN, which was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad, and EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME, which won an International Latino Book Award and was named a Best Book of 2018 by Real Simple magazine. Her debut YA novel, RUNNING, is forthcoming in spring 2020 from Clarion Books/HMH.
Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia came to the U.S. at age four. During her time studying creative writing at the University of Miami, she completed her senior thesis: a series of linked short stories that evolved into a novel that, eight years and countless rewrites later, was published as her debut novel.
Natalia's work has appeared in Bustle, Catapult, Electric Literature, Latina magazine, McSweeney’s Publishing, and the Austin American-Statesman. She is a mentor in fiction at the low-residency MFA program at Regis University, and has taught creative writing through the Writers' League of Texas, Austin Bat Cave, and the Writing Barn.
Greatest writing influences: Cristina Garcia and Eduardo Galeano
Approach to teaching + editing: to empower writers to tell the stories they're meant to tell
Passionate about: amplifying the work of marginalized writers
Fascinated by: the role of truth in fiction and fiction in truth
Constantly questioning: the roles of power and privilege in how we teach creative writing