Services & Pricing

I offer several levels of editing, depending on where you are in the writing process. Editing can be done in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or Scrivener (for a slightly increased fee).

What I Edit

I do my best work when I love the material. The following are my favorite genres, but feel free to ask about others. I like to stick with clean books (nothing R-rated) in the following Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult genres:

  • Fantasy
  • Clean Romance
  • Christian/Inspirational
  • Historical Fiction
  • Contemporary Lit
  • Sci-Fi, Speculative, and Dystopian
  • Mystery

I don’t edit horror or thrillers. I don’t edit erotica or anything I don’t consider clean. This means: 1. Romantic content should be kept at a PG level. No “bedroom scenes.” If clothes come off or it goes beyond making out, I won’t edit it. 2. No vulgarity or crassness. 3. No profanity beyond what you would hear in a PG-13 movie. 4. No graphic violence.

I might edit genres not seen on this list–just check with me! I’m also open to short stories, essays, poetry, and some nonfiction. Just ask!

Developmental Feedback {Improve your story}

  • I highly recommend you do this at some point before editing! Whether it’s an early draft, an unfinished manuscript, or your final rough draft, I will read through it and provide you with a chapter-by-chapter analysis focusing on:
    • Plot
    • Characters
    • Dialogue
    • Narrative voice
    • Conflict
    • Pacing
    • Themes
    • Descriptions
    • Overall strengths and weaknesses, with suggestions for improvement.
  • No editing will be done on your manuscript as part of this critique, because once I send it back to you with comments and in-depth feedback, you’re likely to have a good amount of revisions to look forward to. No sense polishing what isn’t even permanent!
  • Includes e-mail support for your questions during revisions.
  • Click here for a more detailed explanation of the developmental edit.
  • Rate: JUST REDUCED to .04 cents per word ($40 per 10,000 words)

Line Edit {Improve your writing}

  • A line edit is also called a content edit or a medium edit. I’ll use the track changes feature in Microsoft Word to make corrections and suggestions for the following:
    • Sentence structure
    • Word choice
    • Clarity
    • Grammar
    • Punctuation
    • Spelling
    • Consistency
  • I will create a style sheet during this process, which will include characters’ names and descriptions, chosen spellings for words with more than one correct spelling, and action timeline if necessary to ensure consistency throughout.
  • Includes a final proofread after changes have been implemented.
  • Rate: $0.01 per word ($1,000 for a 100,000-word manuscript)
    • For editing in Scrivener, rate is increased to $.011 per word
    • Rate may increase to $.012 per word for manuscripts needing extensive edits
  • $20 minimum for short stories/essays/children’s stories

Proofread {Fix mistakes}

  • When you feel your manuscript is done and ready to be submitted, a proofread will put the final polish on it to ensure it’s as readable and professional as possible. Proofreading will fix errors in:
    • Spelling
    • Grammar
    • Punctuation
  • Rate: $0.006-$0.008 per word ($300-$400 for a 50,000-word manuscript). Price depends on how polished your writing is to start with, based on the average number of corrections needed on each page (based on a random sample of 10 pages) as follows:
    • < 3 mistakes per page: .6 cents per word
    • 3-6 mistakes per page: .7 cents per word
    • > 6 mistakes per page: .8 cents per word
    • Fee is .1 cent higher for Scrivener edits
  • $20 minimum for short stories/essays/children’s stories
  • Final proofread is included in a line edit.

 Blurb Help

  • Get some outside help on those tricky couple hundred words that somehow end up being the hardest part of your novel. I can either give feedback on what you’ve written or write a couple of blurb possibilities for you, which we can then work on tweaking together.
  • This is an add-on for authors whose manuscript I’ve already read for editing purposes.
  • Proofreading a completed blurb is included in a line edit or manuscript proof.
  • Rate: $50

Beta Readers

I’m now offering my clients help with finding beta readers! I have a growing list of readers who would love to offer detailed feedback on your book! This is available for anybody I work with, so just ask!