CB Lee is currently unavailable for editorial services until further notice. Harassment and threats will recorded, and if persistent, reported to the police and processed to the fullest extent of the law. 


  • Consulting Calls
  • Query Critiques
  • Synopsis Development
  • Submission Packages (Query Letter, Synopsis, first 30 pages of manuscript)
  • Sensitivity Reads
  • Story Development

Hello! Thank you so much for considering me as your editor. I have worked on books at indie presses, Big Five publishing houses, self-published authors and more! I have experience with many different types of manuscripts and writing styles, from academic and technical to romance to genre fiction. Having another set of eyes on your manuscript and specific feedback can be an incredible resource during the writing process.

If you have any questions or are interested in my editorial services, feel free to contact me at authorcblee at gmail dot com or through the form at the bottom of the page.

 10% discount off full manuscript editorial services for diverse books! Please indicate in your booking request if the definition used by We Need Diverse Books applies to you or your book: “LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities currently marginalized in North America.” No details needed, this is on the honor system.

To book, please fill out my contact form at the bottom of this page.

Consulting Calls ($20 for 20 minutes, up to 90 minutes per session)

Don’t know where to start? Need a brainstorming partner? Have questions about the big picture or just want to work on your ideas? Calls are also included in certain packages and additional calls are available as an extra option as well.

Query Letter Help ($60) 

What’s in a query letter? Whether you’re submitting your manuscript to agents for the first time or you’re looking to fine-tune your submission package, this can be a daunting process. I can help with the process from start to finish, from brainstorming to rough draft to a query letter you’re ready to send out into the world.
Includes up to 4 reads and one month’s worth of email consulting

Synopsis Development ($100)

So you’ve written your novel—but how do you describe it in a page or two? Have an outline but don’t know how to turn it into a synopsis? I can help you brainstorm, focus your ideas and put together an efficient synopsis for your submission package.
Includes up to 4 reads and two month’s worth of email consulting, reading outlines and development help on your synopsis

Submission Package ($200)

The querying process can be quite challenging, whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been in the game for awhile. In this package, I’ll read and provide feedback for your query letter, synopsis, and the first 30 pages of your manuscript. If you only have your manuscript, I can work with you on developing a query letter and a synopsis as well! Let’s get you ready to submit!
Includes up to 4 reads on your query letter, two month’s worth of email consulting, reading outlines and development help on your synopsis

Beta Reads

I am open to reading your manuscript and providing feedback specifically to improve the literary quality of your work by identifying and providing notes on specific elements to avoid stereotypes, cliches, and other possible problematic themes. I am nonbinary and identify as queer. I am a first generation American born to immigrant parents whose ancestry dates back 2000 years to the Warlord Era of Asia, through China and Vietnam.

I was raised in East Los Angeles, California, in an “ethnoburb” comprised mainly of immigrants and their children. My high school was nationally ranked as one of the top high schools in the nation, and was primarily dominated by Latinx and Asian gangs and their activities. In my young adulthood, I have worked in military and emergency service, and have traveled and lived extensively on all continents aside from the following: the continent of Africa, the Artic Circle and Antarctica. I have served as a Park Ranger for the United States National Park Service, and have extensive experience working with veterans through the Wounded Warrior Project.

My academic CV includes sociology, anthropology, Asian American history, East Asian and Southeast Asian Studies, English Literature, Medieval Folklore and Classics, American Folklore and Cryptology, Parabiology, marine biology, forensic archeology, photogrammetry, remote sensing and analysis. My interests lie primarily in sustinability, ethics, and equity for working class citizens, and in astrophysics.

  • $400 for 50k- 75k manuscript
  • $500 for 75k- 100k
  • Additional $10 per page (page is defined as 12 pt Times New Roman, double space, 1 inch margins)
  • Includes an edit letter (1-2 pages) that will include my insights and any feedback or concerns
  • Comments within the manuscript via Word comments and track changes

Beta Reading

  • Big Picture Beta Reader Package
    • $350 for 50k- 75k manuscript
    • $500 for 75k- 100k
    • Additional $0.010/word for any manuscript longer than 100k
    • Includes an edit letter (1-2 pages) that will include my insights and any feedback or concerns
    • A few examples within the manuscript via Word comments and track changes
  • All-In Beta Reader Package
    • $450 for 50k- 75k manuscript
    • $600 for 75k- 100k
    • Additional $0.010/word for any manuscript longer than 100k
    • Includes an edit letter (2-3 pages) that will include my thoughts with regards to the plot and overall story development, point of view, character arcs, dialogue as well as other insights, feedback and concerns
    • Includes comments and edits as necessary within the manuscript as well
    • Includes one 20 minute Skype call

Payment accepted via Paypal or Venmo. 50% deposit required at the time of booking. Remainder of the fee due upon my receipt of manuscript.

Formatting Requirements:

  • Size 12 Times New Roman Font
  • Double-spaced
  • Include a header that includes your name and a page number
  • .doc or docx format, ideal for Microsoft Word
  • Please name your documents with the following: the date of draft, your name, and the title. Examples:
    • 2018_04_12_Johnson_Query
    • 2018_03_28_Johnson_TheWayWeEat
    • 2018_05_23_Johnson_TheWayWeEat_Synopsis

I’m looking forward to working with you! To book, email me at authorcblee at gmail dot com or fill out the form below. Please note if the book is considered diverse (see definition at the top of this page) for your 10% discount.


“CB Lee read my novel draft and gave me a wonderful, thorough report on what she thought I’d done well and where she thought I could make improvements. Her suggestions were concrete and detailed, and I was delighted when I dove back in to revise because I could see right away exactly how implementing her ideas would immediately make the book better. She also took the time to give me additional notes as she read on plot points, language, etc. that were really helpful and encouraging. Overall, working with CB on my sensitivity read was a wonderful experience and I’d HIGHLY recommend her to other authors and editors!”
Robin Talley, New York Times bestselling author of Lies We Tell Ourselves

“I found CB remarkably easy to work with, dependable, and thorough. She always delivered her notes in a timely fashion and I knew I could rely on her, which was important because I was often working under tight deadlines for my publisher! CB’s critique was always kind and considerate, but also honest and to-the-point, which I valued greatly. I think it’s important for a skilled sensitivity reader to not only give their straightforward and educated opinions about a work, but to do it in such a way as to encourage the author to learn from possible missteps and to also acknowledge what the author has done well. CB does this with flying colors and I can readily say that she is a sensitive sensitivity reader! She is also a sharp, astute editor, catching nuances and plot points well ahead of time so I could fix them and address any potential harm. I highly recommend CB Lee as a sensitivity reader and I plan on working with her again in the future!”
Julie Dao, author of the critically acclaimed The Forest of A Thousand Lanterns