I'm pleased to offer a variety of editing services for various categories (YA, NA, MG, etc.) and genres (contemporary, science fiction, fantasy, etc.). See below for a breakdown of the types of editing I offer, as well as my rates. Prices shown are USD. All payments will be processed through PayPal. If the balance is more than $500, half of the payment is due before the first round of edits, and the other half will be due once the final edit has been completed. If the balance is $500 or less, the full payment is due up front.
The average turnaround time for most manuscripts and services is a month, but I will give you a more specific estimate once we get started. For a free, three-page sample edit, all you have to do is contact me and see what I can do for you. References/testimonials are available upon request. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Developmental Editing Services
In a developmental edit, an editor looks to fix big-picture issues, such as story structure, plot, pacing, dialogue, characters, and more. During a developmental edit, an editor isn’t concerned with things like sentence variation, flow, or spelling and grammar. Instead, the focus is on how the piece works as a whole. Does the plot make sense? Are the characters fully formed and relatable? Does the dialogue sound realistic?
I can’t speak for other editors, but for me, if a client pays for a developmental edit, I also include a line edit, copy edit, and proofread as part of the deal.
For a developmental edit, I charge $5/page (250 words). A line editing round is also included once the developmental edit has been reviewed, and then a copyediting round and a proofreading round are included once the second round of edits has been reviewed.
Line Editing Services
Line editing is a little more in depth than developmental editing. At this stage, an editor combs through the manuscript with a careful eye, paying special attention to any parts that read strangely or are hard to understand. In a line edit, the focus is on issues at a sentence and paragraph level. Are there many clichés? What’s the best word choice? How many sentences or paragraphs start the same way? How can that be changed?
Like a developmental edit, when I do a line edit, I also include a complimentary copy edit and proofread.
For a line edit, I charge $4/page (250 words). A copyediting round is also included once the line edit has been reviewed.
The copy edit or is what most people think of when they hear the word editing. At this stage, an editor picks through every last word of the piece, double-checking the spelling, punctuation, and grammar. This type of edit is typically performed on a piece that has been edited at least once and is (more or less) ready for publication.
For a copy edit, I charge $3/page (250 words). A proofreading round is also included once the copy edit has been reviewed.
A proofread typically does not involve much markup of the manuscript, but instead is concerned with making sure everything is as it should be with regard to punctuation and spelling. Unlike a copy edit, only true errors are corrected without much fussing about style or grammar.
For a proofread, I charge $2/page (250 words). This is the smallest editing service you can purchase.
Query Critique Services
For anyone querying agents or publishers, I now offer a query critique service. All I need is your letter and one-page synopsis and I will make your query letter shine. Of course, this doesn't guarantee you get requests, but it certainly doesn't hurt!
For a query critique, I charge $25. This includes one round of changes.