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Custom Editing

Informed by experience, responsive to your needs


     Romance                       Short Stories
Young and New Adult        Memoir and Biography
Literary Fiction
Mystery and Suspense

Self-Help and Instructional




Developmental editing      Line editing      Proofreading      WRITING COACH

My goal is to help you organize and clean up your manuscript so your voice is heard. Whether
you are looking to self-publish, make your manuscript the best it can be for submission, or share your

memoirs with family, I never forget this is your story, your voice.

Together, we'll look at the big picture:

  • What's the hook?
  • Are your characters believable and relatable?
  • Does the timing of your plot feel natural?
  • Is there conflict and tension?
  • Is the voice consistent?

And the smaller picture:

  • Is your sentence structure clear and compelling?
  • Is the tense consistent?
  • Are your word choices varied, interesting, and appropriate?
  • Is the grammar correct and/or consistent with your voice?

About Judy

  • More than 20 years writing and editing experience
  • Published author
  • New York publishing house background
  • Clients include bestselling and award-winning authors
  • Conference and writing group workshop leader

As a freelance editor, I work with a large and diverse group of authors covering most genres of fiction and nonfiction, publishing both traditionally and independently. I take very seriously the privilege of being able to work with such talented writers—novice and seasoned alike. All manuscripts are treated with respect and confidentiality.

I am a long time member of Romance Writers of America and our local chapter, CTRWA. Married for over thirty years, my husband and I live in Connecticut and have two grown boys we never see often enough. Back in the day, I graduated from Boston University with a degree in psychology.                203-500-0041   


My Award-Winning Authors

Natasha Boyd

  • Eversea - Winter Rose Contest - Finalist 2013
  • Forever Jack - 2014 Digital Book Award Winner for Adult Fiction and Top 50 Amazon Bestseller list.
  • Deep Blue Eternity - Chatelaine Awards for Romantic Fiction - First in Category Winner 2015

"Judy Roth is an integral part of my writing process, she understands pacing and structure and how to get the very best out of her clients. I can't imagine ever bringing a book into the world with my name on it without Judy having touched it first to make sure I was bringing my best to the forefront. She is detail oriented and patient with as many passes as it takes you to feel comfortable setting your book free into the world. I highly recommend her as an editor!"

— Natasha Boyd, Award winning author


  • 2015 Molly Contest (Heart of Denver Romance Writers) - 1st place (Single Title)
  • 2015 Golden Rose Contest (Rose City Romance Writers in Portland, Oregon) - Grand Prize Winner
  • 2015 Orange Rose Contest (Orange County Chapter of the RWA) - 2nd place (Women’s Fiction with Romantic elements)
  • Honorable Mention in Amsterdam Book Festival - 3rd place (Novel with Strong Romantic elements)
  • 9th Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Contest (The Southern Louisiana Chapter of the RWA) - 2nd place (Historical Romance)
  • 2015 The Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction - Short-listed                                                          

Dear Judy,

I want to thank you for the spectacular job you did while editing my manuscript. Cost of your services was more than fair and the end result was priceless – awards in six contests and the publication of the book.

Your input and suggestions have proved extremely valuable and it was a pleasure to work with you. The fact that you took great care to preserve my voice is especially dear to me.

I would recommend your services to any writer whose work needs editing and look forward to entrusting you with my next manuscript.


Marina Osipova

Amazon - The Cruel Romance - Marina Osipova



"After working with Judy Roth on several young adult novels, I was excited to see what she would do with my non-fiction project—a holistic living, self-help book. Not that I had any doubts, but Judy’s input and spot on edits brought the book to life. With three comprehensive rounds of editing, Ms. Roth not only roots out errors in grammar, spelling, usage, and syntax, she gives helpful suggestions for improving structure and strengthening prose. I wouldn’t think of publishing without her."


Amazon Author Page for PJ Sharon

Jordan K. Rose

"When I decided to self-publish my work I reached out for referrals from various writers groups I'm a member of. I received a number of suggestions. Several people referred me to Judy, and thank God they did.

I've worked with Judy on all my Eva Prim work and on my upcoming novel, Black Magic Rose. Judy's guidance and expertise has wonderfully impacted my work as well as my own writing skills. I've learned a tremendous amount from her. She's caught minor errors, like using the wrong homophone to larger concerns such as plot gaps or timing issues I hadn't noticed. One of the most important aspects of choosing an editor is ensuring the editor doesn't edit so much that the author's voice is compromised. With Judy I never worried about this. 

Working with Judy was a breeze and I couldn't be happier with my experience. I look forward to working with her on my future projects."

— Jordan K. Rose
Author of The Eva Prim Series and The Alliance Series

Stacy Hoff

"I am certain I would not be published without the help of Judy Roth. Her feedback, both substantive (character arcs, plot points) and technical (grammar, dialogue and paragraph restructuring) were critical to my submitting a polished manuscript."

— Stacy Hoff

Amazon Author Page for Stacy Hoff

Editorial Rates

$.02 per WORD. Minimum of $50.00.

Full edits encompass developmental and line edits and basic proofreading. This price includes two full edits followed generally by a few briefer passes to be sure the manuscript is submission or formatter ready. Throughout the process I will be available to answer questions.

 Optional—Final-stage Proofreading:
$.005 PER WORD. MINIMUM OF $25.00.

Once full edits are complete, I highly recommend a final read-through by a qualified proofreader. Because my proofreader and I work as a team, I am able to offer this service at a low price, and you can depend on comprehensive and meticulous attention to your manuscript.

Line Editing/Proofreading/WRITING COACH/Other Projects:

Pricing will vary depending on project.

 Phone Consultations:

Initial phone consultation is free of charge. Subsequent consultations are $25.00 per 1/2 hour. I am always available free of charge via email to answer your questions!

Payment can be made via personal check or PayPal. Please note there is an additional charge of 3% for PayPal payments.

Contact me to discuss rates for your specific needs    203-500-0041

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