Editing options designed for you
For all my services, I must work from a completed manuscript–and it shouldn’t be your first draft. See 10 Things Your Freelance Editor Might Not Tell You–But Should. My rates are calculated per page, with a page consisting of 250 words as defined by Microsoft Word. For formatting instructions, see Request an Edit. The editing process is generally most valuable when performed in the following order: basic structural edit, line edit, copy edit.
Basic Structural Edit
($2 per page)
A basic structural edit helps make your story easy to follow and interesting to read.
Before requesting this type of edit, get feedback from beta readers, and then follow any advice that you find helpful. When I receive your manuscript, I will do a single read-through and provide an editorial letter pointing out the issues described in Services. In the manuscript, I’ll mark an example of each type of issue and provide a sample correction. The edit serves as a road map, directing you to problem areas and giving you ideas about how to improve them.
BONUS: 2 hours of email followup to discuss the returned analysis.
Line Edit Plus Coaching
(select from the options below)
Without this type of edit, negative reviews generally point out confusing or unrealistic plotting, flat or uninteresting characters, and slow or uneven pacing. Readers may state that they were not interested in finishing the book.
Line editing plus coaching provides the most thorough analysis of your manuscript. You receive a detailed markup of your manuscript that includes an analysis/explanation of issues described in Services, sample corrections for many of these issues, plus coaching on fiction techniques that will heighten your readers’ involvement in your story.
Standard package ($4 per page)
This option provides a line edit plus coaching for your complete manuscript.
BONUS: 4 hours of email followup for discussing the edit and receiving feedback on selected revisions, if desired.
Mentoring package — 50 pages (25% discount)
TWO line edits plus coaching
This option gives you expert guidance on the first 50 pages of your manuscript. With the insights provided, you can then self-edit the rest of your story. (Two excellent self-editing resources are Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King, and Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell.)
How does it work?
- You submit the first 50 pages of your manuscript.
- I return a full-service line edit plus coaching (a $200 value).
- You return your revised pages for a second full-service line edit plus coaching (a $200 value).
- Your total cost is $300.
Special submission requirements apply. Please contact me for details if you are interested in this package.
Line Edit/Copy Edit Combo
(30% preferred client discount)
When you pay for a Line Edit Plus Coaching package, you receive a preferred client discount when you submit the revised manuscript for a Copy Edit package.
Even at this discounted rate, you receive MORE than a standard copy edit–I focus special attention on the sections you’ve revised, added, or deleted, as well as on your resolutions to the story problems highlighted in the line edit. The result? Your story flows seamlessly from beginning to end.
($3 per page)
Get a 30% preferred client discount with the Line Edit/Copy Edit Combo (described above).
When a book has not received this type of edit, readers generally express frustration because glaring errors ruined their enjoyment of the story.
After the basic story problems have been addressed in a line edit, a copy edit identifies recurring issues with your use of language.
With a copy edit, you get the following EXTRAS:
- A summary of the issues I would normally address in a Line Edit Plus Coaching package.
- An example from your manuscript for each type of issue.
BONUS: 4 hours of email followup for discussing the edit and receiving feedback on selected revisions, if desired
Important note! Proofreading before publication is CRUCIAL to the acceptability of your work. Find proofreaders in the Member Directory of the Editorial Freelancers Association.