Editing Services

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If you are a serious writer looking for a careful, devoted edit or critique of your manuscript, my writing serivces can help.  I am a multi-published author and educator with many years of experience in the publishing field, specifically with the revision and editing process.

I specialize in general fiction, women’s fiction, mystery (especially cozies), romance, middle grade, and YA.

LINE EDITING

Complete line editing takes time, but it’s a necessary step in the publishing process. This is a comprehensive service that looks at every line of your manuscript. 

My line editing services include a critique (see below), an editorial letter, and line editing on:

structure (based on the 3 Act Structure and/or the hero’s journey)
plot
character development
sub-plots
voice and style
consistency
grammar


I will use track changes and will provide a critique letter laying out overall edits and suggestions. A line edit in comprehensive.

Line editing services are priced competitively at .015¢ per word.

For example, a 50,000 word manuscript would cost $750.

A 70,000 word manuscript would cost $900.

1/2 is due upon invoicing via Paypal before editing starts. The remainder is due upon completion and before edited manuscript is returned.

All Fees are negotiated based on individual manuscripts, but the following is a general guideline/starting point. Final pricing will be determined after a sample chapter is submitted:

CRITIQUE (does not include Line Edits)

I provide critique services for mystery, sci fi, romance, and other fiction.  This includes a detailed and careful reading of the entire manuscript (see below for specifics), a summary critique/editorial letter, usually 3-5 pages, which discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript, as well as possible revisions which would make it the best possible manuscript. My editing service is a developmental/content critique. It is completed in one pass.

Partials for contest, agent or editor submissions, or for polishing are additional options available for critique.


So what is a developmental critique?

Part of that question can be answered by saying what it is not. A developmental critique is not a line edit or proofreading (spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure). I will certainly identify repetitive errors, but the critique is not about copyediting, it is about substance. I recommend you hire a proofreader if you are indy publishing.

My critique services look specifically at:

  • global issues in relation to plot, story structure, character development/motivation
  • plot holes
  • pacing
  • continuity
  • stakes/conflict

I will use track changes and will provide a critique letter laying out overall edits and suggestions.

Critique services are priced competitively at .01¢ per word.

For example, a 50,000 word manuscript would cost $500.

A 70,000 word manuscript would cost $700.

1/2 is due upon invoicing via Paypal before editing starts. The remainder is due upon completion and before edited manuscript is returned.

SYNOPSIS CRITIQUE

Beginning, middle, end, solid characters, high concept… Does your synopsis have the elements it needs to become a good story?

A synopsis critique includes feedback on key story elements.

$50 for up to 10 pages