Editing Services

My basic page rates for 2017 are outlined below (all rates are in U.S. dollars). Pages are counted as 250 words. If you send me a sample chapter, I’d be happy to read over your pages and work out the best kind of editing plan to fit your budget. For editing packages (multi-rounds), see below.


Developmental Editing

$6 pp

A detailed report outlining the strengths and weakness of your manuscript novel and offering suggestions to help you refine your story’s structure, plot, character and worldbuilding. These notes are essentially a road map for your next round of revisions.

What you get:

  • Critique and revision guide for your current draft (usually 20+ pages).
  • A personalized scene outline to give you a birds’ eye view of your novel (awesome for seeing which areas aren’t yet working and for tracking your ongoing revisions).
  • Post-editing consultation via email (up to 2 hours).

Turnaround Time: 4-5 weeks


Manuscript Critique

$4 pp

The developmental edit ‘lite’. You’ll get a summary report of approximately 12 pages designed to illuminate any macro-level problems in the story and give you fresh perspective on how to tackle revisions (if necessary) to characterization, character arcs, plot complications, world-building, scene issues and other macro elements.
This edit is highly recommended before line editing as it can save you so much time in later drafts.

What you get:

  • A critique of your current draft (usually 12+ pages) aimed at identifying any weak areas in the manuscript.
  • Notes on character arcs, major plot issues, POV, overall structure.
  • Post-editing consultation via email (up to 2 hours ).

Turnaround Time: 3-4 weeks


Substantive Editing

$6 pp

Also known as ‘content editing.” This review, a blend of developmental notes with line edits, is focused on scene-level elements such as setting, pacing, timing, character conflicts, logical sequences of events, foreshadowing, atmosphere, and tension. It’s for manuscripts focused on storytelling elements without spending time on the structure (because that’s already sound) or the micro details like inconsistencies or grammar, because you’re still working out your draft. This edit is all about engaging the audience, scene by scene, beat by beat.

What you get:

  • Detailed notes in the margins dealing with story-based issues (pacing, tension, characterization, description, atmosphere, dialogue).
  • Highlighted text to flag habitual problems.
  • Minimal tracked changes to suggest ways to increase impact, tension, strengthen voice and style.
  • Post-editing email consultation (up to 2 hours).

Turnaround Time: 3-5 weeks


Line Editing

$6 pp

A detailed edit that focuses on the content, voice, style, readability, and clarity at the sentence-level. This careful read-through looks for any inconsistencies, awkward phrasings, confusing grammar, vague descriptions, creative-process artifacts, bugs, glitches, or any little detail that could jar readers out of reading experience or show the author’s hand.

What you get:

  • Sentence-levels repairs marked with tracked changes for your review and final decision.
  • Queries and suggestions (in comments attached to the margins) to guide you in revisions.
  • Detailed notes to help you hone your writing voice

Time-frame: 3-5 weeks


Copyediting

$5 (light copyedit) to $6 (heavy or academic)

A more mechanical and objective editing pass to catch any grammar, spelling or punctuation errors and make changes for overall consistency. Copyediting is available for fiction, non-fiction, academic papers, marketing materials and website content. Minimum project fee $35. Rush jobs, add 25%.

What you get:

  • Mechanical repairs to grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Text edited for consistency and/or to preferred style guide (Chicago 16th and 17th, MLA, APA).
  • Queries for any remaining inconsistencies spotted.
  • Suggestions for light revisions to improve style or logical flow of ideas.

Time-frame: 3-5 weeks


EDITING PACKAGES

Special rates when you buy two or more rounds of editing for the same manuscript.

Macro>Micro Package

A catch-all for writers who need guidance at all levels. This edit gives you overall notes on how the story is working at the macro level (plot, character arcs, foreshadowing and set up) and follows this up with a line-by-line edit to make every page as tightly written as possible.

Critique + Line Edit
(usually $10 pp)
$9 pp

Deep Line-Edit Package

The best editing option for manuscripts with a sound plot and structure. This two-round edit focuses on making every scene as engaging and captivating as possible and then on polishing every line to keep readers fully immersed.

Substantive Edit + Line Edit
(usually $12 pp)
$10 pp

Comprehensive Edit Package

A combination of the above two packages and my most popular editorial package. This three-round edit guides you through macro revisions, then we work through every scene to crank up the tension, emotion and atmosphere, and finish with an in-depth line edit to make sure every detail is just as you intended it.

Critique + Substantive Edit + Line Edit
(usually $16 pp)
$13 pp

Deluxe Edit Package

A complete editing package that guides you from early draft (idea and creation stage, with in-depth notes on character, plot and setting) through to scene development and finally a careful line edit to bring every line to life.

Developmental Edit + Substantive Edit + Line Edit
(usually $18 pp)
$15 pp

Payment & Bookings

I accept payment via PayPal, Bill-Pay (US only), international transfer, and credit cards (fee applies). A deposit of 25% is required to schedule your editing project.

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Your Editing Budget

If you have a fixed budget or you’re not sure what type of editing would be best, I’d be happy to help you tailor an editing plan for your manuscript. Line-by-line editing is very time-intensive work and few professional editors would ever offer “cheap ‘n’ fast” editing (be wary of anyone claiming to be an editor who does!), but together we can create a plan to make your manuscript the best it can be within your budget.

If I think your manuscript is not yet ready for editing, I’ll let you know and give you a few pointers, so that you can take it through another draft first.

Bookings

To reserve editing time for your novel, I take a retainer of 25% of our estimated fee for the full project. For novel-length projects, my wait list can be anywhere between 2-5 months. However, spaces often open up at short notice, so it’s worth adding your name in case the perfect booking time opens up.

Editing Philosophy

I borrow my core editing philosophy from SF author/editor Damon Knight: “Begin from a position of respect for the writer, and single out disturbing flaws within a context of appreciation.”

As your editor, I work on three levels: (1) as your most attentive first reader to give you a fresh perspective on your writing and story; (2) as your private detective, looking for plot holes, inconsistencies, and shining a light on any potential problem areas in your current draft; and (3) as your personal writing coach, to help you identify your best and worst habits, and to strengthen your writing voice.

No editor can guarantee an author publishing success, but I can promise honest, detailed feedback to help you push your writing as far as you’re comfortable taking it. I help guide you through revisions so that your manuscript its best possible version.

Contact

To chat about your potential project, ask for a Trial Edit or send me the details outlined on the Request an Edit page. I’ll take a look at your sample pages and email you back as soon as I can with all the info you need. Thanks for considering me as your editor. I look forward to hearing from you!

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