(Basic Developmental Edit)
An evaluation of your story’s overall strengths & weakness focused on the macro elements (plot, structure, character, setting). Useful for making a revisions plan for your next draft.
1.6 ¢ per word
e.g. 85K-word novel ~ $1,360
Full Developmental Edit
All of Basic Developmental Edit PLUS scene-level notes within the manuscript covering more in-depth & nuanced storytelling elements such as tension, suspense, empathy, foreshadowing, character conflicts, verisimilitude, etc.
3.5 ¢ per word
e.g. 85K-word novel ~ $2,970
Basic Line Edit
Editorial notes and tracked changes focused on the sentence level (readability, clarity, consistency, tone, etc.). Identifies speed bumps, logical inconsistencies, redundancies, repetitions, awkward phrasing.
3 ¢ per word
e.g. 85K-word novel ~ $2,550
Substantive Line Edit
All of Basic Line Editing PLUS scene-level editorial notes designed to help you develop your characters, world, settings, plot and story; increase the dramatic tension, suspense and verisimilitude; and create the story as you envisioned it.
3.8 ¢ per word
e.g. 85K-word novel ~ $3,230
OTHER EDITING SERVICES
Developmental notes on structure, plot and character arc based on your detailed outline
(5,000 words max).
For already edited, near-final draft manuscripts only.
Edits for grammar, syntax, consistency & punctuation.
2.4 ¢ per word
All Other Editing & Consultation
Short pieces, trial edits, ongoing consultation,
query letters, articles.
$50 per hour
Do I need developmental editing or line editing?
It’s always best to start with developmental editing (tackling the big-picture problems first) and save the line editing (making every page more engaging, beautiful or powerful) for later.
Developmental editing looks at macro elements such your overall structure (your choice of scenes and the order they are shown to readers), plot (what happens), and characters (especially how characters intertwine with each other and drive plot events or are impacted by plot events. It also covers character arcs (how the characters change over the course of the story), and how major elements like setting, pacing, tension, use of dialogue, and worldbuilding is used to create a complete experience for your audience.
Line editing focuses on making sure that the passage through this experience is as smooth and immersive as possible. The last thing you want is the reader seeing a weird phrase and being knocked out of their story immersion. It’s aimed at reducing the many glitches, speed bumps and snags that naturally happen during the building of a complex story, as well as enhancing all the good stuff (the evocative description, atmospheric details, engaging dialogue, tight pacing and the many tiny beautiful ideas).
You don’t want to spend hours making every sentence in a scene perfect and brilliant only to discover later that the scene is causing a major plot problem and needs to be rewritten. Get your story developed to its full potential first, and then polish the lines later.
What's the difference between the "Basic" or "Full" editing services?
The Basic Developmental Edit
The Basic Developmental Edit (also known as a manuscript critique) is an evaluation of your overall story based on at least two readthroughs (one for first impressions and one to analyze the choices you made). It covers the big-picture elements such as plot, structure, character, setting & story pacing. You’ll receive this feedback in the form of a report (approximately 12-12 pages) outlining the strengths and weaknesses, offering some personal coaching advice tailored to your needs, as well as guidance on how you might tackle your next draft. Think of it as a 10-page revision plan.
The Full Developmental Edit
This intensive edit includes all of the above but goes much more in depth, looking at more subtle writing techniques and effects as well. It includes not only a critique/revision plan, but also editorial comments within the manuscript pinpointing specific examples and offering suggestions for how to enhance the best stuff or potentially repair or hide the weaknesses. It covers not only the big-picture elements such as plot, structure and character but also equally important elements such as tension, suspense, foreshadowing, character development and dialogue, setups and payoffs, dramatic tension, character conflict, internal conflict and how to elicit reader empathy and engagement.
The Basic Line Edit
The Basic Line Edit is a complete readthrough of your manuscript with a focus on the sentence level. It focuses on readability, clarity, consistency, narrative flow, tone, choice of descriptive details, micro characterization (dialogue, expressions, actions and reactions). The edit also works to remove or highlight for your attention any bugs, such as repetitions, redundancies, logical inconsistencies, cliches, awkward phrasing. Suggested edits are made directly to the text using “Track Changes” (so you can use or discard whatever suits you), and you’ll also receive queries, feedback and coaching tips in the form of margin comments. These are tailored to your strengths and weakness and designed to help you make the best possible experience for your readers
The Substantive Line Edit
The Substantive Line Edit covers all the sentence-level crafting of the Basic Line Edit, but it goes deeper and also looks at how entire scenes function in terms of dramatic tension, character conflict, atmosphere, suspense, foreshadowing, setup and payoff (within the scene and longer story threads), developing character arcs and conflicts, enhancing the worldbuilding and creating rich settings, increasing verisimiltude, and using writing techniques to more fully immerse readers into every scene, paragraph and line. It’s a line edit that incorporates a lot of developmental editing to help craft better paragraphs, scenes and a more cohesive whole.
Do I need proofreading?
Yes! Your proofread is your last chance to make sure your manuscript is as polished as possible for your readers. After you’ve put in all that work writing, editing, and revising, it’s definitely worth giving the final draft a last polishing pass (or two) to get it as close to perfect as possible.
I highly recommended having your manuscript checked by fresh proofreaders who haven’t seen the text before. Errors may be missed or even introduced during the intensive editing and revision stages, and these errors can become invisible to anyone familiar with the text (because of the way our brains “helpfully” fill in the blanks).
Publishing a completely error-free novel would be something of a miracle even with a publishing house team behind you, but roping in one or more fresh proofreaders gives your manuscript its best shot.
I am not currently offering proofreading or copyediting services myself but I would be happy to refer you.
How long is the waitlist for editing?
My editing queue is usually 3-5 months long, so reserve your editing time well in advance. You can also ask to go on my waitlist in case something opens up at the last minute. This happens often as authors can easily find they need more time than expected to work on their draft.
To book your editing, send me your preferred dates and the approximate total page count of your project. Your deposit/retainer to reserve the editing time is 25% of the estimated project fee, which will be taken off the final invoice when your edits are delivered.
You’ll also receive a simple editorial agreement outlining the scope of the project and protecting both parties. Once that’s signed, your editing is booked! Now you can go ahead and make any last changes to the manuscript before our start date.
What will my editing project cost?
Your project fee depends on what editing service you’d like, the current state of your manuscript, and its word count. For an average sized novel (of approx 85,000 words), the editing could take between four to eight weeks and cost between $1,300 for a basic critique to $3,500 for an in-depth edit.
If you’re not sure which level of editing would best suit you, just use the contact form to send me a sample of the writing (the first chapter or pages), plus any relevant info (like whether the manuscript has been professionally edited for structure and plot already), and any specific concerns with the writing or budget limitations. I’ll get back to you within the next few working days to give you my recommendation on which editing would suit your manuscript best and a quote.