About me

I was born and raised in Brazil and moved to Texas in 2011 to pursue my career as a writer. I used to work in computer science when I lived in Brazil, and I decided to quit my job not because I hate computer science but because I love writing.

I have been reading books for as long as I can remember. I can still picture my little self rummaging through my brother's closet, which was where I thought books came from.

Now I write weird middle grade and young adult novels. My short story, The Witch and the Hunter, was published in an anthology in June 2017. My middle grade manuscript won in the children's category of the 2014 Houston Writers Guild Fall contest, and my YA sci-fi horror novel was selected for Pitch Wars 2016. Not only do I have my critique group as a source of help and encouragement, I have also been mentored by accomplished writers such as Francisco X. Stork and NYT Bestselling Author Nova Ren Suma.

I have the pleasure of working for Foreshadow, a Serial YA Anthology, and I intern for Victoria Selvaggio from the Storm Literary Agency.

P.S.1: I also have a YouTube Channel where I post videos about my life as a writer. I cover conferences, interview authors, and do more fun stuff.

Editorial Services

"Ariane Felix has a sharp editorial eye and a mind for working through the intricacies of plotting, creating fantasy and science fiction worlds, and in-depth characterization. Her critiques are insightful, honest, and tailored to the skills and needs of each writer. Seeing Ariane's critiques at work both in an advanced workshop she's taken with me and in her capacity as an astute member of our Reading Team at FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology helps me know she would be a great choice for any YA or middle-grade writer seeking a way to revise a troublesome novel or finally finish a draft that's gotten stuck, allowing them to succeed in taking their work to the next level".

Nova Ren Suma, New York Times bestselling author of The Walls Around Us,
co-creator of FORESHADOW, and core faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts

"Since 2017, Ariane assists as an intern in which she aids with reading manuscripts within a scheduled timeframe, providing Reader Reports and Reader Summaries, detailing the strengths and weaknesses in all aspects pertaining to the essentials of a story. Every manuscript requires time and consideration on what is working and more importantly, what is not, and while the reports are designed to provide constructive criticism, Ariane has been instrumental in providing editorial comments throughout the manuscripts as well, in the form of line edits. This has earned her the status of a high-valued asset, helping provide the necessary information needed that allows me to do my job more effectively and efficiently."

Victoria Selvaggio, Literary Agent and Partner of Storm Literary Agency
(Formerly an Associate Agent for The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency)

"Ariane has a great eye for what’s working in a story—and what can use improvement. Her evaluations go beyond the basics of world-building, language, and plot, for she also pays attention to what makes a story really compelling: character motivation and development. I trust Ariane to give me thorough assessments of the many stories she reads for FORESHADOW, and I always look forward to her insightful comments".

Diane Telgen, Editorial Coordinator at Foreshadow, a serial YA anthology.

What I Edit

I'm a better fit for YA (any genre, but I have a soft spot for anything dark and weird) and lyrical MG, but I'm also open to reading Adult Fantasy and Sci-fi. I can also critique short stories. I won't read manuscripts over 120,000 words. Agents normally reject those on the spot, so this is for your benefit. I promise!

If you want to have more than 20 pages (5,000 words) critiqued, I'll ask you to send me a sample of your writing (5 pages or so) to make sure I'll be a good fit for you. This is not a test. For instance, I would not be a good fit for "Captain Underpants." I have nothing against that book, but I would not be the best editor for it. It's really important to me to provide the best possible service, so I need to make sure we're a good match.

Developmental Edit

I'll comment on your pages using Tracked Changes in Microsoft Word, focusing on voice, plot, pacing, characterization, world-building, and other technical aspects of writing. I'll point out what is working and what can be improved. Keep in mind, I'm here to help you. If there are any specific issues you're worried about, let me know, and I'll make sure to address those in my notes. Whether you need an in-depth critique of your full manuscript or just need to polish your first ten pages, I'm here for you. I charge per word, so you're free to send me as little or as much as you want.

$0.01 per word. $25 minimum

Add a Reader Report for $25 (recommended over 50 pages)
In a reader report, I'll give you detailed feedback on macro issues such as plot, pacing, characters, world-building, etc. I intern for an agent, and I write reader reports all the time. Think of it as a roadmap that will help you understand the main areas in your manuscript that need improvement.

Add a 1-hour Call for $35
If you have any questions about your notes or if you just want to brainstorm ideas, let's have a call! I love to talk about writing, figure out plot holes, and help you come up with solutions to improve your manuscript.

Smaller Services

Query : 1st pass: $25 Follow up: $10
Synopsis: $35

Mentorship

This is a great option for writers who want to hone their craft, who are getting the same critique from readers or agents, or who are struggling with starting or finishing a novel.

$100 per month (minimum of 3 months), which includes:

  • 30 pages in-line comments.
  • Author Development Report: I'll make comments on characterization, plot, pacing, and etc. But the main focus of this report is you! I'll make notes on areas where you can improve as a writer, help you figure out your way through your novel, and give you homework. :)
  • And if you're struggling with something, feel free to send me an email with your questions. I'm here to help you.
  • You can add more services to your monthly package. If you like to brainstorm, or if you want to talk about your notes, you can add a monthly call to your package. If you want to have 50 pages critiqued instead of 30, just add that as well. The rates are the same as above: $0.01 per word, and $35 per call.

Payment/Scheduling.

I prefer PayPal, but I'll also accept check via mail. All payments must be done in advance. Once we have an agreement, I'll put you on my calendar. If you need to cancel, let me know ASAP. I won't charge for cancellations, but please be mindful.

Contact

Interested? Questions? Shoot me an email! Please put "Critique Inquiry" in the subject line to make sure your email won't get lost in the void of my inbox.