Welcome to the Darling Axe

Novel Development and Editing Services

About the Darling Axe

We are professional editors as well as award-winning writers. We understand the intense effort and emotional investment you have poured into your work. It's our job to help you realize your vision and take your manuscript to the next level. 

The Darling Axe is an open-minded, forward-thinking group. Our editors are interested in literary as well as genre fiction. When you partner with us, you can rest assured that your manuscript will be handled with respect.

The Darling Axe – Manuscript development and editing services

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Services

We offer narrative development and editing services for every stage of your manuscript's journey to publication.

The Forge – Narrative Assessment

THE FORGE: COACHING & NARRATIVE ASSESSMENT

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THE FOUNDRY: DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

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THE WORKSHOP: LINE EDITING

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THE STUDIO: PROOFREADING

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THE EXHIBIT: QUERY CRITIQUE

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THE CROW'S NEST: HOOK ASSESSMENT

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THE WHETSTONE: SHORT FICTION OVERHAUL

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Testimonials

I feel I've taken one (or more) grad-level courses in fiction development because of Michelle's help.

Greg Schaffer, Author of Childhood

I have had the pleasure of working with both Michelle and David. Every comment and suggestion they provided improved my manuscripts, from the big picture to the finest detail of word choice.

Nikki Vogel, Author of Tamalinn Found

The quality of work was outstanding. The Darling Axe did a terrific job of correcting (or should I say improving) my writing to publishing standards.

C. J. Adrien, Author of The Lords of the Wind