Your editing and publishing priorities come first in my customized fiction editing services. Emerging and self-published authors are my specialty. That’s why I’m a charter member of the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals and a member of the respected Editorial Freelancers Association.
With your evaluation or edit, you’ll receive support materials that help illuminate your path toward publication. I’ll help you get a handle on rewriting and revision, querying and submitting your manuscript to agents and traditional publishers, and the basics of self-publishing.
Based on your initial consultation—always at no cost to you, including a sample assessment—you’ll receive specific recommendations for the editorial services that will best serve your publishing goals.
Please book early. My schedule generally books six months in advance.
What You Get: A 10- to 20-page editorial report outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your novel, including feedback and instruction, examples, additional resources, and more. The report covers all the elements that go into a story including premise, plot, themes, character motivations, conflict, characterization, setting, genre concerns, point of view, dialogue, and language. A manuscript evaluation includes one hour of follow-up consultation, including an optional telephone or Skype consultation.
Who It’s For: Authors seeking a better sense of what parts of their story need additional revision, what kind of editing their books need, or whether their manuscripts are ready to query or self-publish; authors who would like help mastering narrative techniques such as dialogue, point of view, or scene structure; authors who don’t have the budget for a developmental edit.
How Much It Costs: Starting at $800 for 80,000 words
What You Get: A 3- to 5-page editorial memo outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your novel. The editorial memo considers all the elements that go into your story including premise, plot, themes, character motivations, conflict, characterization, setting, genre concerns, point of view, dialogue, and language. A critique identifies but does not provide additional direction on strengths and weaknesses in your story.
Who It’s For: Authors seeking a better sense of what parts of their story need additional revision, what kind of editing their books need, or whether their manuscripts are ready to query or self-publish; authors who don’t have the budget for an edit or evaluation.
How Much It Costs: Starting at $400 for 80,000 words
What It Is: An affordable checkup for your plot, character motivation, and conflict
What You Get: An analysis of your narrative arc, character motivations, and conflict. This is not an edit or evaluation of your manuscript itself. You’ll come away with a visual breakdown of your story line, and I’ll show you how the story you’ve outlined works in connection with character motivations and your overall story premise. You’ll be able to see if the story you’ve outlined matches your vision for it, and you’ll learn how to make your story marketable to the readers you want to reach. Followup includes a full review of up to two revisions.
Who It’s For: New authors who aren’t sure their stories are ready for an edit; authors who’ve received negative feedback from beta readers, critique partners, or editors about plot lines, character motivations, or conflict; series and serial authors trying to frame out and unify an entire series (special series pricing is available).
How Much It Costs: $150 for a review of your synopsis or outline, up to two pages, plus a full review of up to two revisions
What It Is: An edit of 2,500 words (about 10 pages)
What You Get: A full edit of your sample, along with an editorial report outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the writing and storytelling in your sample. I’ll pull a sample that exemplifies the concerns I see in your manuscript overall.
Who It’s For: New authors who need a clear picture of what’s working and what’s not working to guide their next steps toward publication; authors looking for opportunities to supercharge their self-revision and potentially lighten (and save money on) future editing.
How Much It Costs: $100 for 2,500 words (about 10 pages)
What You Get: A two-round story edit focusing on the content of your story. After the first round, you’ll receive a 10- to 20-page editorial report identifying your book’s strengths and weaknesses. Your report includes extensive notes about your book along with specific examples and explanations of techniques you can use to strengthen your story. The report covers plot, character motivations, conflict, characterization and settings, genre concerns, point of view, dialogue, themes, and language. You can expect to make significant revisions to your manuscript after this first round of editing. The second round of editing is a hands-on edit that gives you a fully annotated manuscript using Microsoft Word’s track changes feature and comments.
During your edit, we’ll determine whether you the book you put on the page matches your vision for the story that’s inside your head. You’ll figure out who’ll be reading your book and how to make it marketable to those readers. You may receive other tools such as book maps and character arc worksheets to help you understand and strengthen the structure and dynamics that drive your story.
Your developmental edit includes two hours of consultation to guide you through sticky spots and follow up on your questions, including an optional telephone or Skype consultation. For further development, get an additional editing round or a revision report at deeply discounted rates; we’re not finished until you’re satisfied that your story is fully on the page.
Who It’s For: Seasoned authors who want a comprehensive edit; new authors who aren’t yet experienced at assessing the narrative aspect and storytelling techniques of their books; any author who wants to learn more about the craft of writing.
How Much It Costs: Starting at $0.02 (2 cents) per word. Discounts available as part of a full editing package. Working on a tight budget? Consider a manuscript evaluation instead. Substantive editing (story plus line editing combo) available to established clients and seasoned authors at higher rates.
What You Get: Extensive edits and feedback designed to polish your writing while strengthening your individual voice and style. I’ll help you scrub away wordiness, slay clichés, pump up verbs, tighten dialogue, and otherwise raise the quality of your prose. My line edits transcend and include the tasks of a copyedit (correcting grammar, spelling, and punctuation; applying publishing industry standards of style and usage; checking for internal consistency of facts). A line edit includes one hour of consultation via email to follow up on your questions and concerns.
Who It’s For: Authors seeking to produce a professional-quality manuscript. Because polishing a manuscript before ensuring its story foundations are solid is rarely a good use of your publishing budget, I strongly recommend that unpublished authors and new clients begin with a new author review or manuscript evaluation.
How Much It Costs: Starting at $0.018 (1.8 cents) per word. Discounts available as part of a full editing package. Substantive editing (story plus line editing combos) available to established clients and seasoned authors at higher rates.
What about proofreading?
Once you’ve incorporated all your edits, made your revisions, and finished your last-minute tweaks, it’s time for one last check—and this time, you need a fresh set of eyes. Because I spend so many hours with your manuscript during editing, I recommend that you let someone else do your final proofreading. This could be the perfect time to pull in those friends who’ve promised to help. (Just be sure to verify that their corrections and suggestions are accurate—ask me!) If you’d like to hire a professional proofreader, ask me for a referral to one of my trusted colleagues.
Sometimes you want to touch base with your editor more regularly while you’re still in the thick of the creative process. Coaching lets us work together on your work in progress. Coaching can help you master new writing or storytelling skills and keep your plot on track as you write. Depending on your specific goals, we can consult via email or Skype to work through your needs sample by sample, chapter by chapter, or draft by draft.
Coaching services are designed to meet your individual needs. We’ll work together to identify and build on your strengths while targeting and shoring up your weaknesses. Coaching can help you develop your individual writing voice while preventing quirks from becoming annoying writing tics.
Coaching is based on an hourly rate, available by request. Sound like the kind of support you’re looking for? Email me and let’s talk about how coaching can help you stay on target and reach your writing goals.
How can I help with your book? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk about getting your manuscript ready for publication.