Professional editors offer services for different levels of work.
My services involve assessing and improving your story. Other editors may address another level, e.g. copyediting and/or proofreading. For an overview of Editing Levels and Needs, please see my article.
- Initial Story Critique
$140 – based on 1st 25 pages and synopsis
This is my assessment of your premise and basic storylines as well as craftsmanship. I will also make suggestions to improve the effectiveness of your first 25 pages. Whether you are self-publishing or approaching an agent/publisher, these pages are crucial in drawing your reader in.
I will provide feedback on basic story elements such as pacing and tension as well as character portrayal, and will suggest changes. Since any stylistic problems that appear in these pages are likely to be repeated throughout the manuscript, I will also point these out.
My report (5-7 single-spaced pages) will be in the form of an overview and detailed comments. This assessment will help strengthen the introduction to your story and should provide insight and guidance on your entire story structure.
This Initial Story Critique does NOT include manuscript edits.
How This Works (click here for details)
My EDITING FEES are based on word count and the level of work required, as determined by a Sample Edit.
- “Big Picture” Assessment & Tweaking (fine-tuning the framework of your story)
Free for clients of Developmental Editing or Content & Line Editing
Especially for early novels, a little restructuring of the overall story presentation is often needed before editing chapters and scenes. It can be difficult for authors to thoroughly assess “big picture” issues because they’re so close to the material.
I can help. If you decide to work with me on Developmental Editing (or Content & Line Editing), you will be invited to send an outline or short summary (2-3 sentences per chapter in bullet form) of your story. With this overview, I can point out a more effective sequencing or missing and/or unnecessary elements BEFORE your novel or novella goes through a full edit.
This is FREE guidance on tweaking! You decide which suggestions you want to implement … I believe this will immediately be clear to you. We can also brainstorm solutions for areas that need more work.
Going through this step will save you money, as authors are only charged for the number of words submitted. (A pared-down version of your manuscript will obviously cost less.) It’s advisable to get the framework for your story in the best possible shape at the starting gate.
- Developmental Editing (Content Editing)
$.01 (1 cent) per word
This is an Editorial Review for seasoned fiction writers who prefer to do their own Line Editing.
For beginning novelists, I recommend an Initial Story Critique instead (see above). This is because issues that appear in the first 25 pages are likely to affect the entire manuscript. In most cases, more work is needed in understanding story structure and ensuring that basic elements are in place before submitting a novel for editing.
Developmental Editing addresses issues at the chapter and scene level and helps you see the story from the reader’s point of view. I focus on the execution of storytelling components – such as character development (including credibility, motivation, and likeability), plot holes, pacing and creating suspense, showing versus telling, and sequence of events. I also point out head-hopping (inconsistency in point of view) and areas lacking clarity, sensory details or a physical setting. Info dumps are addressed. As well, every chapter needs a compelling start and an ending that hooks the reader.
Tried-and-true methods will be used, as required, to strengthen the effectiveness of your novel: e.g. Goal, Motivation and Conflict / character arc (how does your protagonist grow?) / scene and sequel / and three-act story structure.
I will send you a detailed report with my feedback on the above elements and will point out problem areas. I will also suggest solutions and brainstorm additional story ideas with you as needed.
How This Works (click here for details)
Normally, Line Editing follows Developmental Editing. Since details are easy to miss, authors who do their own Line Editing often hire someone else to copyedit and/or proofread their manuscript in its final stages.
- Content & Line Editing (includes minor rewriting)
$.02 to $.03 (2 to 3 cents) per word – get a Quote for your work (see below)
Manuscripts written by first-time novelists usually have content issues that need to be addressed before they undergo line-by-line editing. This option allows for both a developmental (content) edit and line editing to polish your prose.
Content Editing focuses on elements at the chapter and scene level (see full description above). These are addressed one chapter at a time – allowing the author to make revisions and submit a new version of the chapter for Line Editing.
Line Editing can only be done once the structural issues in your story have been fixed. The focus here is on improving paragraphs, sentences and words.
My Line Editing includes streamlining of sentences, revising for clarity, eliminating awkwardness and redundancies, and correcting spelling and grammar. I will also rewrite ineffective passages, sharpen dialogue, and add text where needed to enhance story quality and flow, always maintaining the author’s voice.
There are no “quick fixes” for this level of detail. My rates are commensurate with the time and effort needed to produce focused, quality writing.
Get a Quote for Content & Line Editing (for new clients)
Before sending you a Quote, I must first assess the level of work involved. I offer a FREE Sample Edit on a portion of your writing. This will allow both of us to determine whether we’re a good creative match.
- “Name My Book” Package – $130
What’s in a book title? A lot! Readers must be attracted to your title as well as your book cover.I will help you brainstorm at least 4 viable book titles in your genre, based on your story content and target audience. I offer the same kind of assistance in conjuring up effective chapter headers or fictitious names for your story.
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If we work together,
I will not only guide you through the editing process,
but will encourage and inspire you every step of the way.
If you have any questions about my Editing process or rates, you can contact me here.