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Editing Services 


Welcome! I know you. You have written a draft (or ten!) of your manuscript and still have nagging doubts. Your friends think it's great, but are they right? Should you use an editor?  How much does it all cost, how long does it take, and what type of editing do you need? I am here to help. 

 

Manuscript Evaluations

MAYBE NOT: I have already had feedback I trust on this manuscript; I want a fine-tooth comb, substantive edit to look for small corrections and fine-tuning that will make it even better because I have big plans for this manuscript. 

YES: I need to find out where my manuscript stands, overall. Is it well-written and entertaining? What can I do to improve it? I'm concerned that it is too long, or too short; I'm too close to the story and I want a seasoned professional to tell me where it stands. 

6 to 8 PAGES OF WRITTEN NOTES

I will read and evaluate your manuscript thoroughly, paying attention to your premise, theme, narrative, structure, character, and dialogue. Plus, I'll rate the overall entertainment factor and your storytelling skills, spotting weaknesses and showing you how to amplify your strengths and unique voice. I'll suggest "comp titles" (books that are similar to yours) to help you think about how you will pitch this book on the marketplace and what next steps you should take. 

60-minute Zoom meeting afterward to clarify, brainstorm and answer questions.  

Turn around time: Generally, 6 to 8 weeks, depending on my availability. I generally book editing at least two to three months out. 

Rates: The minimum fee for an evaluation is $750. Total word count and time needed will decide the fee for your work. 

Substantive Editing

MAYBE NOT: I am newer to writing and I need to focus on the big picture aspects of my manuscript before I dive into the details. 

YES: I have gone over this manuscript so many times that my eyes have become crossed. I know there are little things that are not working. I am an experienced writer and feel confident about my writing and this manuscript. I want the next draft to be PERFECT. 

LINE EDITS using "track changes in Word. I will go over every sentence, paragraph, and chapter, looking for and correcting the consistency of tense, missing logic, extraneous text, missing dialogue tags, repetitive word or phrase use, awkward dialogue, etc. This is a "clean up on aisle ten" type of edit. I make corrections for you, and you can accept or reject these changes. 

What the heck is "track changes?" CLICK HERE. 

60-minute Zoom meeting afterward to clarify, brainstorm and answer questions.  

Turn around time: Generally, 6 to 8 weeks, depending on my availability. I generally book editing at least two to three months out. 

Rates: The minimum fee for a substantive edit is  $1,200. Total word count and time needed will decide the fee for your work.