Whether you are preparing your manuscript for submission to publishers, are planning on self-publishing, or even if you have written a story and don't know where to go next, I can help.
Which Editing Services Do I Need?
That's always the big question. Are you looking to...
A Stylistic Edit is the most common edit sought by authors looking to traditionally publish. The more refined your writing is, the more likely you are to catch an agent or publisher's eye.
With an Agent and/or Publisher
If a novel has not been thoroughly work-shopped, a Structural Edit can be quite beneficial, since publishers rarely have the resources to take on promising manuscripts that still need significant structural changes.
Still unsure what your book needs? Get a Manuscript Evaluation and receive a discount on your chosen edit.
At the submissions stage? Then you may find my
Query Letter service useful!
It is highly recommended for self-publishing authors to treat their manuscript to the same standard of editing as professional publishers:
On Your Own or With a Self/Hybrid Publisher
A Structural Edit to perfect aspects of plot, character, and theme in your chapters and scenes; a Stylistic Edit to refine dialogue, description, and narration in your paragraphs and sentences; and a final Copy Edit to catch spelling, grammar, and errors in consistency.
Even if you are publishing for a small, personal audience, a Copy Edit is recommended—the last thing you want is to pay for everything to be laid out, typeset, or even printed before discovering typos that need to be fixed.
In a Manuscript Evaluation, I review your story and provide you with a report (usually around 10 pages for a novel-length work) that examines its intended genre and audience, marketability, and where it is on the road to publication. Specifically, we shall identify your writing's unique strengths, how to use them to overcome any comparative weaknesses, and where best to focus your time and effort in further developing your story. An Evaluation can be done on either a complete or incomplete manuscript.
The first step in the traditional editing process, a structural edit is the broadest form of edit. It examines your story on a structural level, and is of the most benefit to those authors willing to get very hands-on with the improvement of their manuscript.
Affects: plot, character arcs, theme, tone, and scenes.
Considered the most in-depth of the traditional editing process, a stylistic edit focuses on how your writing is read and understood. It involves examining the words, sentences, and paragraphs that make up your story and is of the most benefit to authors looking for a line-by-line review of their manuscript to improve the reading experience.
Affects: dialogue, description, narration, vocabulary, and sentence structure.
A final, careful review of a manuscript before it is ready for publication, a Copy Edit is the last stage in the traditional editing process. It involves a word-by-word examination of your manuscript and is of the most benefit to authors looking to ensure their language use is as consistent and accurate as possible.
Affects: spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Basic fact-checking is included.
Combinations and Add-ons
Start with a Manuscript Evaluation to identify your editing needs, and receive $200 off your chosen form of edit.
Need more than one edit? No problem! Combine two or more services for one combo price.
Ready for Submission:
Structural and Stylistic Edit - $40/1,000 Words
Refined and Polished:
Stylistic and Copy Edit - $35/1,000 Words
Structural, Stylistic, and Copy Edit, plus basic Evaluation - $50/1,000 Words