Editing Services

With this service, authors will receive:

  • Grammar Review

  • Punctuation Review

  • Spelling Review

  • Capitalization Correction

  • Consistent Numbering

  • Minor format adjustments

Bonus: Authors will also receive 1-2 paragraph summary of work submitted to assist with inside flap content, querying, or pitching materials.

Cost: $0.015 per Word

With this service, authors will receive:

 

  • Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling 

  • Mild Line Editing

  • Review Flow and Style

  • Inconsistency & Continuity Errors

Bonus: Authors will also receive 1-2 paragraph summary of work submitted to assist with inside flap content, querying, or pitching materials.

Cost: $0.03 per Word

With This service, authors will receive:

  • Comprehensive Line Editing

  • Review of Flow and Style

  • Inconsistency & Continuity Errors

  • Character Voice Development

  • Plot Structure & Development

Bonus: Authors will also receive 1-2 paragraph summary of work submitted to assist with inside flap content, querying, or pitching materials.

Cost: $0.08 per Word

How long should it take?

3-5 weeks for a typical 50-70k manuscript. Larger works may take longer depending on the end totals.

Can I request special consideration for editing?

Yes. If you choose Basic or developmental editing, you may make special requests for information, provide a questionnaire, or have extra focus put on an issue otherwise not listed above.

Which service should I get?

  • If you are ready to publish your manuscript NOW and only want the content checked for spelling and grammar, select proofread. 

  • If you've worked through a couple of drafts, but know your novel isn't ready yet, select basic copyediting.

  • If you want to know about voice, plot, structure, logic, or believability error, or want something closer to a critique, select developmental edit.

How does payment work and are there additional fees?

Before I begin working on your novel, a contract will be written up with specification for the number of words in your novel and the total cost customized for what you're working on. The contract will also ensure confidentiality of your work and your identity, and turn around time. If there are any complications or delays, you will be notified. 

Half of the payment will be due before the process begins, half will be due at the return of your manuscript. The amount on the contract will be all that is owed. The only time an additional fee may apply is if you request expedited return of your manuscript, that is, if you need it faster than 3-5 weeks after acceptance or if I am booked and you would like your work reviewed sooner on the calendar than the opinions available. This amount will be included on the contract before signing and will not change after the agreement is made.

Why kind of works do you edit?

Novels, Novellas, Short Stories, Memoirs. 

I have no set genres. However, if I do not believe I can do right by the author to assist in bringing out the author's voice or we seem ill-fit, I may reject a manuscript. My goal is always to help authors tell their stories and develop their voices.

Do I have to submit my whole manuscript?

No. You can submit 1 page, 10 pages, 5 chapters, or the whole thing. I want to work with what you need. However, do note, if I do not receive at least the first half of a novel or memoir, I will not be able to write a proper summary.

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