editorial services

Manuscript Evaluation

I’ll read your book, make light notes on the document using Microsoft Word and then provide a 3-5 page editorial letter that gives you my thoughts on big picture issues like plot, pacing, characters, writing style and voice.

Developmental Edit

If you’re looking for a deep dive into your manuscript, this is the one. In addition to a heavily marked up manuscript and a long editorial letter, we’ll have a lot of back and forth collaboration about your writing process, what your intentions were when you started, and how you realized them.

Query Letter Review

Hate writing and overthinking your query letter? I understand. Having read thousands of them over the years, I know what works and doesn’t. Let me help you put your best foot forward with agents and publishers.


I’m available to write on a variety of topics on deadline. Although I can cover a lot of ground, I’m especially dialed into music, sports, politics, religion, and American pop culture. From blog posts to full books, I’m ready to write.

One on One Teaching

If you’ve got specific needs that aren’t covered by any of the above services, I can customize an editorial/consultant program for your book or situation. This can be a one time instance or an ongoing concern. Let me know what you need.

Phone Consultation

Have a few questions about writing or publishing? In the course of my publishing career I was responsible for the publication of over 120 books. I’d be glad to answer your questions about the writing process and the business of publishing over the phone.

Tell me about your project

My Editorial Philosophy

Hi. If you’re here, it’s probably because you’ve got a story you’d like to tell. Maybe you’re working on a novel. Maybe you’re finally sitting down to write a memoir. Likely, it’s been something that’s been brewing inside you.

I want you to know that I’m listening.

I’ve spent twenty years in the publishing industry. I founded two critically acclaimed small presses (Bleak House Books & Tyrus Books). I was named to Publishers Weekly’s “Fifty Under Forty” list. Books we published won awards and were reviewed in major publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, Library Journal, Booklist, and Entertainment Weekly. I was the Executive Director of the Independent Publishers Caucus. Even now—I’m a senior acquisitions editor for Crooked Lane Books.

And that’s cool.

But during those twenty years, I’ve also spent a lot of time across America. I’ve slept on couches, had dinner with friends and strangers in big cities and small towns. I have been fortunate enough to be invited into the lives of people in all 50 states. Listening. I am desperate to understand the human condition through the lived in lives of the people I meet.

That’s the thing I’m most reliant on when I’m editing books.

The rest of it is just words.


“Ben LeRoy is that rarest of things – an editor who understands his writers’ intentions even better than they do. Working with Ben made me a better writer. His editorial guidance has been—and remains—one of the treasures of my writing life.” MARK POWELL, AUTHOR OF SMALL TREASONS

“Long story short, there are few individuals I’ve spent so little face-to-face time with who have had more of an impact on my life. From the notes on Ruthless that made all the difference in helping me get an agent and a Big Five publishing contract to serendipitously inspiring my stand-up comedy, I owe a lot to Ben LeRoy. He’s one of the good ones, you guys.” CAROLYN LEE ADAMS, AUTHOR OF RUTHLESS