Services & Pricing
I EDIT literary, mainstream, and genre manuscripts.
I do not edit children's books, erotica, or horror.
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FREE EVALUATION ~ PROOF READING ~ STANDARD EDITING ~ HEAVY EDITING ~ FIRST 50 PAGES
For evaluation pages and manuscript: Times New Roman, 12-point, double spaced (including between paragraphs). No need to drop to half page at each new chapter. Page number (starting on the first page of the narrative) and last name at top right hand corner of each page.
In order for me to get some idea of what your manuscript needs, send me an attachment that includes:
• length (number of words)
• 500 words max synopsis including a description of main characters and primary conflict
• first 10 pages and 5 or 10 pages from the middle of the book
I’ll read this within 48 hours of receipt and we can discuss what you need at that point.
$3 / page
Your manuscript is in the final “proof” stage but still needs to be evaluated for typos in spelling, punctuation, and grammar before it goes to press. This does not include reviewing issues of story content (although if I spot a problem hiding in the weeds, I will certainly let you know).
If you’re trying to proofread your own manuscript, I recommend otherwise. As in all cases where you’ve read the piece multiple times, there’s a good chance your mind will “see” what you expect to be there. Of course there’s a period after that sentence! There’s always been a period after that sentence! Even when there isn’t. (It happens to us all!)
***If I have done the line and copyediting on your original manuscript, the fee for final proofreading will be substantially discounted.
Line/Content and Copyediting
$35 / hour
Averages $1500-$1900 for a 320 page / 80,000 word manuscript.
You’ve already mastered storytelling but need someone to make sure your prose and plot are tight. This is a comprehensive edit that includes a thorough look at character voice, motivations and actions; plot drive and consistency; clarity of language, point of view, and intention; elimination of redundancy; formatting and grammar. I will also look at issues of pacing, pulling out the fat, and accentuating that which keeps the reader in your grip. Includes some proofreading as necessary.
At no extra cost, this includes a one-hour consultation, after the editing, to discuss primary issues and potential fixes. It also includes an hour of follow-up line editing if you’d like me to take a look at particular revisions.
HEAVY Line/Content and Copyediting
$45 / hour
Averages $2240-$2400 for a 320 page / 80,000 word manuscript.
This is for the writer who needs a comprehensive content edit. I will look at structure, style, and authorial voice as well as that listed above. You will receive additional pages--as many as necessary--with expert coaching on the craft of writing and conveying the story you want and intend to tell.
At no extra cost, this includes an hour of consultation and 3 hours of follow-up editing on areas the writer has revised and would like particular help with.
(If money is an issue, we can also work out something where I do the heavy editing on the first half of the book and lighter editing for the second. You then have the examples necessary to apply to the rest of the book.)
The FIRST 50 Pages
This will include two readings.
The first pass will be a thorough but rapid read to identify any big-picture issues--those that would cause a reader to put down the book without finishing it. This includes setting the hook in the first few pages, clear conflict, clear characters with strong motivations, adequate pacing, a unique and captivating voice, a plot without holes or predictability. You will have the opportunity to work on issues identified prior to the second read.
On the second pass, the manuscript will receive a thorough and comprehensive line edit on all aspects of story and grammar, as listed above in line/content copyediting.