Christa Soule Desir is a freelance content and copy editor whose clients include St. Martin’s Swerve, Sourcebooks Publishing, Kensington Publishing, Macmillan Children’s Publishing, and various self-published indie authors. Prior to becoming a freelancer, Christa worked as an acquiring content editor for Samhain Publishing from 2011-2016. She started her publishing career working as an editorial intern at Entangled Publishing. She’s edited a variety of fiction books, including those from award-winning and NYT/USA Today bestselling authors. She’s also the author of several contemporary young adult novels published by Simon & Schuster.
"There are not enough kind words to describe working with Christa! She is thorough and spot on. Even when I want to groan, I know she is right! She has been in the editing world for so long that she really knows every aspect of the industry, and it shows in her work. She is also hilarious and amazingly fun to work with. She does not disappoint."
Becca Jameson, author of the Fight Club and Emergence series
“Christa's ability to make a book shine is second to none. Her editing is insightful, on-point, and my stories always come out of the editing process much stronger. She's very timely with her edits and a total professional to work with. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”
Jackie Ashenden, award-winning author of the Lies We Tell and Living In series
"I've never worked so well with an editor. Christa gets it.
The process, the story... She cares as deeply about the characters and the finished product as I do, and it shows in her editing and all her communications. If you want happy readers, you want her to edit your book."
R.G. Alexander, NYT/USA Today bestselling author
"I'm one very lucky writer to call Christa my editor. Working with Christa on my debut novel really was a pleasure. She crawled into the minds of my characters and helped me find their true voices. She pointed out redundancies in my writing and helped me to sharpen my dialogue and grammar. And Christa did all this while being brutally honest (thank goodness!) and entirely optimistic and upbeat (thank goodness!)."
Danny M. Cohen, PHD, author of Train: A Holocaust Novel Inspired by Hidden History
Christa is consistently professional, reliable, and insightful. Her years of experience are evident; there isn't a question she can't answer, or a fact she will fail to check. Christa is the type of editor you go to when you want to feel safe; you know you'll leave her with a stronger book, and as a stronger writer. She understands how different genres and markets work, and will treat your work with the care and sensitivity that it deserves. Trust her --she knows her stuff.
Lucy V. Morgan, award-winning author of Breaking Leila
Christa is one of the best editors I've ever worked with.
She helped me to go deeper with my characters and to make sure the story I wanted to tell was the one coming across on the page. With her assistance, I was also able to add that last layer of professional polish before my book went out into the world. I can't recommend her highly enough and hope to work with her for many years to come."
USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn, author of the Deuces Wild series
Copy Edit Package
For 1 cent/word,
I will do one editorial pass of your book. This will include in-manuscript notes and an editorial content letter pointing out general overall issues in the manuscript (plot problems, character development, repetition/redundancy, basic grammar problems).
For 1.5 cents/word,
I will do two editorial passes of your book. This will include a detailed editorial letter and in-manuscript comments/line edits for your book with each pass. I will address plot, character, world-building, and fine tune problematic grammar issues.
I will do two revision rounds for your cover copy, query, or blurb. You will need to provide a synopsis and first draft attempt at your blurb/query.
For .05 cent/word,
I will do one copy-edited pass of your book. This will include an extensive in-manuscript copy edit to correct grammar/timeline errors and proofread your book using CMOS guidelines. Included in this package will be a style sheet with character/word use/timeline notes.
Payment of deposit for services under $100 indicates an acceptance of these terms. For services over $100, all services require a 50% deposit before work can be done. All payments are done via online invoicing that accepts credit card payments. The final payment is due upon receipt of final edits. All payment dates and amounts will be outlined clearly in the contract.
Availability of services is limited and based on my schedule. To guarantee a certain time or date, a deposit must be made to hold your reservation.
All editorial services are done electronically using MS Word. Please format all manuscripts in MS Word before sending.
If I have received partial payment to reserve editorial services but have not yet started work, I am happy to provide a refund of your deposit at your request. However, once work has started, no refunds will be issued.
I cannot guarantee that using my editorial services will result in an offer of representation from an agent or a contract with a publisher. Unfortunately, even excellent manuscripts often do not find homes in the publishing industry.
Feedback given during contracted editorial services cannot be reproduced or used as marketing material or as a blurb without written consent.
No personal information shared in the context of our business agreement will ever be shared or sold.