It’s important to find an editor who will appreciate your voice, your story and your goals for your work. After an initial inquiry, we should do a sample edit. You’ll send the first five pages of your project (or ten pages and a $50 fee). Let me know where you’re at with the project – how many drafts, what you’d like to accomplish. I’ll send back a sample edit, at which point you can decide if we’re a good fit and whether you’d like to proceed. I’ll follow up with an estimate and projected finish date.
A full edit includes all levels of editing: copy, line, and developmental/substantive. You will receive notes and suggestions in a Microsoft Word document, along with an editorial letter offering advice about characterization, plot, pacing, voice, point of view, setting, dialogue, and other considerations. Also included in your editing price is a 1/2 hour coaching session, via phone call or Zoom. Additional, follow-up coaching sessions are billed at the rate of $100 per hour (see Coaching below).
I have experience in a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres: literary, short stories, flash, women’s, book club, commercial, fantasy, historical, memoir, mystery, self-help, thriller, crime, middle grade, and young adult. If your work falls outside these classifications (or you’re not sure about genre), send me an email and let’s discuss.
Have you already had a developmental editor and are looking for copyediting/proofreading only? Send me an inquiry to discuss your project and rates.
I have been in and around writing communities for many years. Having used a freelance editor myself before my first novel was published, I know how much sweat, tears and creative financing go into our creative endeavors. I also know how many great manuscripts are out there, needing a little polish or a fresh set of eyes.
SAMPLE EDIT – NO CHARGE: Send me 5 pages (Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced, with normal chapter breaks and punctuation), or 10 pages and a $50 fee. Include a note letting me know your process up to this point, if there’s anything you’d like the edit to focus on, and your goals moving forward.
If we agree at that point to proceed, then…
Charges for a full edit—copy, line, developmental— are calculated by word count, at a rate of $.03 per word. A manuscript consisting of 50,000 words, for example, would be $1500.
SHORT STORY OR NOVEL OPENING
Is something missing from your short story, and you’re not sure what it is? Looking for help polishing that novel opening? Send me your short fiction or the start to your longer fiction project, 7500 words or less, for a full edit along with editorial notes.
Getting ready to submit to agents? I’ll edit and advise on your first 7500 words or less, plus your synopsis and query letter.
Looking for ongoing feedback while working on your project? I offer writing coaching, billed monthly for a minimum, renewable, three-month period. The fee varies, depending on the type and status of the manuscript, word count, and mutually agreed-upon objectives.
Need business advice for your book proposal or query letter, looking to update or start an author website or social media outreach, or are you seeking something more along the lines of collaborative writing or ghostwriting? Let’s discuss.
Email to inquire about any of my services!