I'm now offering freelance editing! I have twenty years of experience editing, teaching, and workshopping nonfiction and fiction in various settings. I've also published novels, countless essays and short stories, and have edited hundreds of articles and essays.

Available Packages

The Jackson:

I will read your short story or essay, up to 30 pages, and offer line-notes as well as big-picture comments for a flat fee. This package comes with a written critique.

The Rhys:

I will read your full manuscript, up to 300 pages, and offer big-picture evaluation of structure, story, tone, and pacing for a negotiable hourly rate. This package comes with a written critique and one-hour-long meeting, in person or via Google Video Chat.

The Woolf:

For projects that are further along in the process, I can offer scene-by-scene and line-by-line editing for full manuscripts for a negotiable hourly rate.This package comes with comments handwritten on the manuscript, a written critique, and one-hour-long meeting, in person or via Google Video Chat. 


"Working with Amy Shearn took me from aspiring writer all the way to publication. The work we did together was incredibly valuable. In working with me on my manuscript, Amy taught me how fiction works, from character development to narrative arc to believable dialogue. I highly recommend working with her if you have a manuscript that needs to be taken to the next level."

-Amy Poeppel, author of the critically-acclaimed novels Small Admissions and Limelight.

"I had so much fun working with Amy Shearn on my manuscript, I only wish I had more time/funds/novels to workshop with her. I found her to be a very thoughtful editor who gave incisive yet supportive feedback. She took a great deal of care and was thorough in helping me re-think my book. She also brought some new insights to my story that had not occurred to me. I loved working with her so much that I’m going to risk misspelling the following word: exemplary."

-Tina Lee, author of the YA novel-in-progress Winnie Kim's 1984 Mix Tape.

"I was lucky enough to meet Amy while revising my first novel. I had dusted off my manuscript, laid it out on the operating table, and needed a fresh editorial perspective from someone not a blood relative. Working with Amy was awesome. She gave my book a very thoughtful, careful read and came back with insights that really helped me make cuts (killing your darlings isn't easy!) and edits that got the story arc where it needed to go. Amy has a keen editorial eye and great sense of humor (important in this business) and I'd recommend her to any fellow writer."


-Helen Wan, author of The Partner Track, a Book Club selection of REAL SIMPLE and The National Association of Women Lawyers

Edited Work

A short assortment of writing I have edited:


"The Fairytale Language of the Brothers Grimm," by Chi Luu

"Being a Victorian Librarian Was Oh-So-Dangerous," by Livia Gershon

"Charles Knowlton, the Father of American Birth Control," by Amy Sohn

Short Stories

"Long Exposure," by Hala Alyan

"VJ Day," by Kirstin Allio

"We Drew This Picture of JonBenet," by Megan Walsh