Brilliant Fiction

Discover the magic in your voice.


  • “Virginia O'Dine is a fabulous editor, with an eagle eye and a penetrating mind. She knows how to help an author tell his or her story in the best possible way — the perfect writing coach.”
  • "Virginia has looked at every book in the San Angeles series and her feedback has been instructive and on point every time. Her background &experience comes through in her attention to not only the details of the manuscript, but the overall pacing and story. If you're looking for an honest opinion of your work, and how to make it better, Virginia O'Dine is your editor."
  • "Working with Virginia brings you not only years of direct publishing experience (as an editor, a writer, a publisher, and an award panelist) but an enthusiasm to help you achieve your project's full potential. Virginia is a gifted editor who will help you achieve the next level of success."
  • I consider myself fortunate to have had Virginia as the editor of my three
    novels from Bundoran Press. She provided great insights on the story and
    character arcs and made sure the final product was exactly the story I wanted to tell in the way I wanted to tell it. A very effective editor from concept to
    final text.

Substantial Edit

Many services offer proofing & evaluating as two separate services, charging you twice. I do not see the separation of the two. Part of learning your craft IS copy editing – understanding and FIXING your common mistakes and bad habits within spelling or punctuation will help you understand the beauty of language and all of its possibilities. I'm here to help you polish and shine your manuscript. Proofing is included in the full edit.

We'll look at continuity, characterization, plot; all of the elements of a good story. You will be given honest feedback. Your ego is not a factor in storytelling.

How this works

Query with 1 page summary and the first 5 pages (single spaced) to see if we're a good fit. Then an editorial agreement will need to be signed and possibly a deposit. (See below.)

All submissions and manuscripts are absolutely confidential. Occasionally I may ask permission to publicly share a passage as a teaching tool or just because it touched my heart.

I will return your manuscript with changes tracked in Microsoft Word, including notes within the text, plus a comprehensive written feedback. We can discuss afterwards either on the phone or via email/chat, your preference.

Short Fiction

5000 words and under - flat rate $75. Includes mark up and feedback as necessary. Completed work will not be returned to the client until payment in full has been received upon completion.
Average two weeks response time.

Long Fiction

10,000+ words:  Completed work will not be returned to the client until payment in full has been received. 50% deposit upon accepted submission and 50% due upon completion.
1.5 cents per word.

Average one month response time.

Copy Editing

Need a professional eye before submission or publication? I'll check for typos, grammar & continuity.
0.8 cent per word. (Eight-tenths of a cent.) Changes completed in Microsoft Word for you to easily accept or reject.
Average one month response time. (Enquire regarding rush orders.)

Feel free to email me!