Mary DeSantis, Editor/Story Whisperer
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.Walt Disney
You, me, and your manuscript—fiction editing as a team.
Editing, manuscript evaluations, and beta reads to bring out your story’s glory.
- Worldbuilding: Creating places your readers will want to live (or run from, screaming).
- Characterization: Making people who are best-friend (or worst-enemy) material.
- Plot: Does your story rocket forward or build like a slow crescendo?
- Conflict: From epic battles to “green vs. blue,” let’s get your readers to the edge of their seats.
Whether it’s a casual chat around the water fountain or a heart-to-heart at 3AM, let’s get that manuscript talking.
Why am I your editor?
~I’m the “Story Whisperer,” and I speak your manuscript’s language. You’ve been through the book backwards and forwards but can’t figure out what it’s missing. That’s where I come in. I talk to your story, figure out what it wants, and translate that into actionable editorial steps to bring the story from good to can’t-put-it-down.
~I’ve been where you are. Letting someone see your work can feel scary. What if it’s no good? Been there. I’ve been just as scared and just as reluctant. That’s why we’re an editing team. Teams stick together, and I’ve got your back from the first draft I see until you’re ready to fly.
~Your goals are my goals. Everyone writes for a different reason. Whether you want to be the next name at the top of the NY Times Bestseller list or just want to self-publish for your grandkids, we’ll personalize the editing experience to your definition of “success.”
What my clients say.
Mary evaluated my epic fantasy, Season of Sacrifice, which wasn’t a light task at over 200k words. She clearly set the expectations up front, was extremely professional, and most importantly, delivered valuable feedback that will produce a story worth reading. I like to think that she helped me level up as a writer and hope to have her edit more of my manuscripts as I continue to produce them.Jonathan J Michael
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mary for both a critique of my manuscript as well as my query letter. She has been very helpful in identifying what works, what doesn’t, as well as offering recommendations for changes. She somehow managed to identify key items that other readers hadn’t picked up on, and each time she was right! Her turnaround time is quick, and she is incredibly professional in her communication. I would highly recommend working with Mary!Jeff Wiemiller