Mary Lanham
Bibliomancer Editing / the Inspirited Word

All writers are storytellers. Some are story alchemists.

If you’re a story alchemist, your writing has a worldview, not just a plot. You believe words conjure reality, and you want to shape how readers imagine what’s possible. You also know readers aren’t transformed by a series of ideas on a page; they’re transformed by an immersive, authentic narrative.

My job is to help identify the most powerful elements of your writing, the stuff with potential to become true gold. Together, we’ll distill your voice and your narrative, so readers won’t just read your work – they’ll be transformed by it.

I specialize in speculative fiction (SFF and literary) and in nonfiction exploring spirituality and personal development. In all of my work, I strive to hit that happy medium where constructive critique meets creative respect.

My favorite focus areas include:

– science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, magic realism / magical realism
– mythology, folklore, transpersonal psychology, eco-spirituality, paganism, witchcraft, tarot
– LGBTQIA+ characters, diverse worldbuilding

What my clients are saying:

"When I asked Mary for editorial feedback, I didn’t realize that she would help me see my story in a completely new way. Mary intuitively understood my fictional world and worked with me to clarify my vision. She deftly identified the plot points that were muddying the narrative and asked insightful questions about my characters. Her suggestions were encouraging and constructive, and always aimed to amplify my voice rather than insert her own. Mary’s feedback was exactly what I needed to deepen my ideas and move forward with a much stronger piece of fiction. I would work with her again in a heartbeat!"

 – Nada P., science fiction writer

"This was an overwhelmingly positive experience for me, and the quality of Mary’s edit was extremely high. It was clear that a great deal of thought went into the reading of the manuscript, the editing itself, and the feedback. My novel was certainly much improved. I was especially impressed with the feedback letter, which included several important observations that helped me grow as a writer."

– Greg Edlund, mainstream/literary fiction author

I live in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, where I share a home with my partner and our disconcertingly friendly cat.

To contact me or find out more about my services, please visit my website. I also share advice and resources through my blog; check out my in-depth guide to first draft revisions for a taste!

Editing Services
Copyediting, Developmental editing, Line editing, Series, Substantive
Writing Services
Fiction, Rewriting
Other Services
Manuscript critique, Query, proposal, and/or submission review
Fiction Genres
Fantasy, Historical, Mythology, Science fiction
Nonfiction Genres
Creative nonfiction, Self-help
Age Levels
Young adult, New adult, Adult
Style Manuals
Associated Press Stylebook (AP), Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
Adobe Acrobat Reader, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, PerfectIt
Other Memberships
ACES: The Society for Editing, Editorial Freelancers Association