Portfolio

2019

  • Critique partnership, in doc comments, open discussion
  • In progress, currently ~18k word New Adult, Urban Fantasy featuring a detective with a unique partner as they race to uncover who’s responsible for black marketing dangerous magic.

“After years of writing, it wasn’t until I was brave enough and got other writers/authors to look at my work when I started feeling like I “belonged” to something. Polish and Pitch, led by the incomparable Jaime Dill, was that home for me. She fostered me into a group of writers and encouraged not only my writing, but the research around it. From outlines and playlists, to just plain fangirling about characters, Jaime and this community renewed my enthusiasm for writing when I truly had very little hope. I owe a lot of my growth as a writer and author to them.” – Coral Rivera, author of Shift

  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, editor’s letter, discussion, two revision passes
  • ~93k word Adult, Literary about a man who, upon reflection of his life, discovers that memories are the fictions we make for ourselves in order to avoid the harsh reality of who we are.

“Between books, periodicals, and the internet, there is a lot of advice out there for querying agents– much of it contradictory. Jaime completely demystified the process of writing the letter, clearing up what had seemed a foggy art of throwing darts in the dark and hoping for a bull’s-eye. I’m confident in being able to submit with the strongest representation of my work, and I won’t be sending out anything in the future without her polish.” -G.S. Brouwer, author of Filters & Fictions

  • Beta read, in doc comments, some line copy, discussion, one revision pass
  • ~39k word Middle Grade, Superhero Fantasy about a boy who must decide whether to hide away his powers or use them to protect his best friend, even if that means risking his own secret.
  • Sample available upon request.

“Jaime is by far one of the best editors I’ve worked with, both in skill and as a support system. She’s more than just an editor, she’s a cheerleader, an educator, and above all- a champion for my work.” -M.S.,author of I Am Nobody

  • Beta read, written reflection, one revision pass
  • 171 word Picture Book about a little boy who longs for the day when he will finally be old enough to ride on the big yellow school bus.
  • Book on query

  • Beta read, written reflection, one revision pass
  • 468 word Picture Book about a bookish worm who befriends a dancing butterfly.

  • Beta read, written reflection, one revision pass
  • 609 word Picture Book about a Sun who needs a gentle lesson on how to share attention and kindly get along with his planet friends.
  • Book on query
  • Beta read, in doc comments, discussion
  • ~36k word Middle Grade, Fantasy Adventure about a boy who believes he is the King’s long lost son, and the journey he takes to embrace his true identity.
  • Critique partnership, in doc comments, open discussion
  • In progress, currently ~25k word Young Adult, Science Fiction about corrupt government projects, a man caught in the middle, and a group of youth test subjects who must find their way out before it’s too late.
  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, line copy, discussion, revision pass
  • ~1.4k word Picture Book, 2nd within an intended series that explores the world through the eyes of a young girl and her travelling family, with an educational focus on language, culture, and local cuisine.

“Perhaps the single best thing I have done for my writing career is to work along side with Jaime Dill. Her insight into your writing vision is astonishing, her work ethic and response time is impeccable. She is kind, yet firm, with her recommendations and has transformed my writing by transforming me. Seriously, she is one of the greatest things that has happened to my writing career.” -Guitar Hanna, author of Mimi Wonders series

  • Critique partnership, in doc comments, open discussion
  • In progress, currently ~47k word Young Adult, Dystopian about a world divided between the hearing and the deaf, a girl who ends up on both sides of the fence, and a growing plot to rid the world of the stigmas for good.

  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, line copy, discussion, open revision
  • ~1.2k word Picture Book, 3rd within an intended series that explores the world through the eyes of a young girl and her travelling family, with an educational focus on language, culture, and local cuisine.
  • Critique partnership, in doc comments, line copy, discussion, open revision
  • In progress, currently 6k word Young Adult, Dystopian about a group of students enrolled at an advanced school of technology who discover a rampant digital virus that threatens to not only commandeer the academy servers but possibly take over the entire planet.

  • Critique partnership, in doc comments, open discussion
  • In progress, currently ~10.5k word Young Adult, Historical Fiction about a young girl in the service of Anne Boleyn who becomes caught up in the scandal surrounding the world’s most dangerous religious text.

  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, line copy, discussion, open revisions
  • ~24k word novella set in the Shannenverse of Momentum and The Shannen Academy; follows a woman who inadvertently becomes a target of the Endless Circle when they discover she may have information regarding a gifted child.
  • Beta read, in doc comments, discussion
  • ~93k word New Adult, Urban Fantasy about a young man who must embrace the destiny he never wanted in order to protect the world he loves.
  • Book on query

2018

  • Beta Read, in doc comments, one reflection summary
  • ~118k word Adult Fantasy that follows the journey of a dwarf as he fights his heritage and fate in the heart of Arkansas.
  • Book is now represented by agent, and author is happily writing a new story.
  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, line copy, discussion, unlimited revision passes, any time feedback
  • ~81k word Young Adult, Historical Fiction that recounts the humanitarian deeds of Lord Shaftesbury, as experienced by a young boy from his street side view in 1800’s London.
  • Book is represented and currently on submission to Eerdmand
  • Sample available upon request.
  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, discussion, one revision pass
  • ~6.5k word short story with Science Fiction flavor and an unexpected conclusion
  • Sent out on sub to writing competition
  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, discussion, ongoing revision, any time feedback
  • ~30k word Middle Grade, Adventure Quest that features two young boys who discover a land full of oddities and secrets, including unexpected ties to their own presumably normal family.
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  • Beta Read for later draft, in doc comments, discussion
  • 311 page Adult, Literary that follows a tight knit group of friends as they each hit their lowest low in the great New York City.
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  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, editor’s letter, discussion, ongoing revision
  • ~75k word Young Adult, Dystopian that explores the ramifications of totalitarian rule and the difference it can make when someone dares to speak out.
  • Book is on query.

“When you know your book inside out, it becomes too difficult to find opportunities to improve it – you need a professional with a fresh pair of eyes. Jaime, of Pitch & Polish, offered more than a helping hand. She suggested new plot strings, proposed more compelling character developments, encouraged stronger character relationships I had not seen on my own, and much more. She also helped with the basic stuff, such as grammar, typos and dialogue tagging I had overlooked. My book now feels like a far more accomplished piece which I believe justifies a spot in the bookstore. Without Jaime and her fun, constructive, digestible feedback, I could not have brought it to that level.” Michael Pudney, author of Language Liberated

  • Developmental edit, in doc notes, line copy, editor’s letter, discussion, one revision pass
  • ~47k word Creative Non-fiction that recounts the journey of a young girl and her family as they makes a dangerous migration from Albania to England in search of freedom.
  • Book is contracted and under production. Release date not yet announced.

  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, line copy, editor’s letter, discussion, three revision passes
  • ~107k Literary that redefines what it means to fight your inner demons and choose life when you have no reason to live
  • Book has received several full MS requests and is currently under redesign.

“Every writer needs an editor, but Jaime offers more than that. When I started my debut novel, ‘Carnival of Heaven,’ I’ll admit I was lost. As a result, most editors wouldn’t have given me the time of day, but Jaime did. She acted as a teacher, mentor, and friend through one of the most rewarding and difficult processes I’ve ever been through.” -Ryan Olson, author of Carnival of Heaven

  • Beta Read for later draft, in doc comments, discussion
  • 289 page Adult Literary that follows a woman as she seeks change and learns the complications of shedding your past self.
  • Available for purchase! Click here to be directed to Amazon.
  • Beta Read, in doc comments, discussion
  • ~5k word concept short story written for a specific contest, challenging our perception of the grass being greener on the other side.

  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, editor’s letter, discussion, ongoing revision
  • ~93k word Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retelling that revisits the classics in a most deliciously twisted way.

  • Beta Read for early and later drafts, in doc comments, discussion
  • 324 page Adult Literary that follows a man on his mission to uphold his self-professed Honesty Movement, with a confession of love standing in the way.
  • Available for purchase! Click here to be directed to Amazon.
  • Beta read, discussion
  • 1.8k word short story that delves into the complexities of forbidden attraction and the muddy nature of looking back at what could have been.
  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, line copy, editor’s letter, discussion, three revision passes
  • 1.9k word picture book that explores the world through the eyes of a young girl and her travelling family, with an educational focus on language, culture, and local cuisine.

2017

  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, line copy, discussion, unlimited revision passes, any time feedback
  • ~64k word Young Adult, Science Fiction about a girl whose safety depends upon her ability to accept and give voice to her mute foster sister’s foreboding visions of the future.
  • Sample available upon request
  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, discussion, unlimited revisions, any time feedback
  • ~125k word Young Adult, Science Fiction about a young girl dealing with family loss and the tough choices she must make when time travel becomes a real and possible solution; STEM oriented, with a focus on physics and relativity theory
  • Sample available upon request.

  • Developmental edit, in doc comments, line copy, discussion, unlimited revision passes, any time feedback
  • ~84k word Adult, Sci-Fi space adventure featuring an infectiousness crew who blur the lines between saving the world and incurring a massive bounty.
  • Sample available upon request

2016

Private work for friends, family, and peers. Most fiction work focused on review; academia proofing focused on line copy and comprehension; blog editing focused on line copy and marketability.