September 28, 2015

Editing Services and Rates

Editing for your creative horizons.

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.


Affordable critiquesManuscript Evaluation

What It Is: Story-level assessment and feedback

What You Get: An editorial report report outlining the strengths and weaknesses of your novel. The report covers all the elements that go into a strong story, including plot, character motivations, conflict and dramatic tension, characterization, settings and historical settings, genre concerns, point of view, dialogue, theme, and language. A manuscript evaluation includes one hour of followup consultation, including telephone/Skype consultation if you’d like it.

Who It’s For:  Authors seeking a better sense of what parts of their manuscript need additional revision, what kind of editing their books will need, and whether their manuscripts are ready to query or self-publish; authors who would like help mastering narrative techniques such as the use of dialogue, point of view, and scene structure; authors who don’t have the budget for a content edit.

How Much It Costs: $700 up to 80,000 words; $900 for 80,000-120,000 words; $1,100 for more than 120,000 words

Affordable critiquesPlot Checkup

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 storyline, 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

Affordable critiquesNew Author Review

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 your next steps toward publication; authors who want to identify opportunities for self-revision to supercharge the revision process and potentially lighten (and save money on) future editing

How Much It Costs: $100 for 2,500 words (about 10 pages)

Book2Developmental (content) editing

fiction editing

What It Is: Story-level editing

What You Get: My developmental edits are a two-round edit. We’ll start with an editorial report (usually 10 pages or more) outlining your book’s strengths and weaknesses, along with extensive notes, specific examples, and explanations. The report covers your book’s plot, character motivations, conflict and dramatic tension, characterization, settings and historical settings, genre concerns, point of view, dialogue, theme, and language. You can expect to make significant revisions to your manuscript after the first round of editing. The next round gives you a hands-on edit directly on your manuscript using Microsoft Word’s track changes feature and comments.

During your edit, I’ll help you determine whether you the book you put on the page matches your vision for the story that’s inside your head. We’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, conflict worksheets, and more to help you understand and strengthen the structure and dynamics that drive your story. Your content edit includes two hours of consultation to guide you through sticky spots and follow up on your questions, including telephone/Skype consultation if you’d like it. Further revision reports are available 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.

How Much It Costs: Starting at $0.017 (1.7 cents) per word; please request an individualized quote. Discounts available as part of a full editing package. Working on a tight budget? Consider a manuscript evaluation (above) instead.


PencilLine editing & copyediting

Line editing, copy editingWhat It Is: Paragraph-level editing (line editing) or sentence-level editing (copyediting)

What You Get: During a copyedit, I’ll correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation; standardize variant spellings and usage of numbers; and check for internal consistency of facts (such as making sure the main character doesn’t have blue eyes on one page and green eyes on another). Line editing transcends and includes copyediting. In a line edit, I’ll provide 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. 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 $0.017 per word for line editing; I no longer copyedit manuscripts I have not previously edited. Line editing discounts available as part of a full editing package; please request an individualized sample assessment.

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, I can recommend experienced colleagues you can trust.

lighbulbclearWriting and developmental coaching

Editing questionsSometimes 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.

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