Christine Heppermann, founder of Upstate Editorial

"Your line edits were above and beyond anything I expected. You fixed SO much and made the prose so much tighter. I will be forever grateful to you, honestly. It was obvious you did this with so much heart and gave it your full attention. I am so touched and am so glad that it was you that helped me with this." -- A.M.D.


I understand how much your stories mean to you. I know what it’s like to work for years on a manuscript, doing all you can think of to get it “right.” It’s true writing can be a lonely business, but the reassuring part is, you aren’t alone! I’m here to give your project—be it fiction or nonfiction, for teens or emerging readers—the personalized attention it needs to advance along the road toward publication.

About Me

My name is Christine Heppermann. I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and have spent parts of my life in Texas, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, and New York. You can visit my personal website here.

It’s no exaggeration to say that I’ve devoted my life to children’s literature. Some of my earliest and fondest memories are of sitting beside my grandmother on the couch while she read me picture books for hours. Since receiving a masters degree in 1992 from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, I’ve immersed myself in the field in a variety of roles:

My Services

I will work with you to create a comprehensive revision plan that allows you to bring your book to its full potential. While no two projects are exactly the same, most include some common components:

  • We will have an introductory conversation via email or phone where we discuss your vision for the project and the desired outcome.
  • You will submit your manuscript to me in its current form. I will carefully read the manuscript and add marginal comments throughout. These comments will range from suggestions on alternate wording and sentence construction to broader questions about plot, character, theme, and point of view.
  • I will draft a detailed editorial letter where I will address issues of writing craft, the manuscript’s marketability, and suggestions for revisions that I think would make the manuscript stronger.
  • We will have a follow-up conversation via email or phone where you can ask any questions about the marginal comments and editorial letter. In this conversation I will recommend next steps to take in the journey towards publication.


Every project I take on is different and my fees vary based on factors such as genre, manuscript length, and project timeline. In general, projects will fall within these ranges:

  • Picture books: $500 to $1000
  • Chapter books (for newly fluent readers): $750 to $1500
  • Middle grade novels: $1000 to $2000
  • Young adult novels: $1500 and up

"I would absolutely recommend Christine to anyone looking for a professional edit. Her insights are in line with edits I've had from publishers and I'm sure they will save me and my editor time (and stress) when this book enters the editing process. I will most definitely send her my next manuscript and use her services again!" -- A.M.D.

Let's Get Started!

If you would like to discuss a project, please email me at or use the form below.