Fiction Editing Services
Many factors affect the price, so we’ll discuss those factors and I’ll complete a free sample edit before I provide a solid quote for work. Wordcount, subject matter and complexity, fiction versus non-fiction, and how clean or rough the writing starts out will all influence my rate. My rates are currently as follows:
- Proofreading*: $.005 to $.0075 per word ($5.00-$7.50 per 1000 wds) based on sample edit.
- Copy / line editing (the most variable in terms of time and complexity) ranges from $.008 to $.025 per word ($8 to $25 per 1000 words) based on sample edit. Rates of $.0175 or more include two editing passes and up to two hours of post-edit revision review or other follow-up.
- Manuscript critique: $.015 per word ($15.00 per 1000 words)
(Looking for Developmental editing for your novel? I can refer you to some excellent experienced dev editors – just ask!)
I require a deposit before beginning work, and the remainder is due at time of delivery unless other arrangements have been made. Questions? Email me through the form on my Contact page!
*Reserved for manuscripts which have been professionally copy edited
My approach to each project is customized according to your needs. We’ll discuss what stage the manuscript is in, whether it’s been beta-read or edited previously, what your objectives and expectations are, and any questions you have for me. The next step is a brief sample edit, to see if we’ll make a good team and enjoy working together.
The specifics vary, but the process works something like this: After we’ve sorted out the details, I’ll provide the agreed-upon service and return the manuscript to you with corrections, comments and suggestions added using Track Changes. I’ll be available to discuss the notes or answer any questions via email or Skype, and after you’ve incorporated my feedback I can complete a second round of editing or proofreading, if needed, or just a final clean-up of the file to remove notes and editing marks. I’ll send you a fresh unmarked copy of the updated manuscript, which will then be ready for the next step in your process.
You’re confident that your manuscript is solid – the plot or subject matter is covered in a complete and cohesive way, your voice is distinct, your characters are vibrant and three-dimensional. Now how about that grammar and punctuation? The part of your brain that creates worlds, adventures, conspiracies, and passionate romances is not the same part that remembers where the apostrophes go, if you spelled your character’s name Fishburg or Fishberg, or whether Chad put his wallet in his pocket or on the table. That’s the job of a copy editor. I will correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, capitalization, sentence structure, dialogue tags, and word usage (just to name a few!), and leave comments and suggestions regarding clarity, consistency, continuity, language or repetition.
Proofreading is ideal for work that’s been reviewed and revised previously, or any other document that just needs a fresh pair of eyes to do a final check for misspellings, simple grammatical errors, or misplaced punctuation marks that evaded the eyes of the writer and/or editor who has been working with it intensely. This is the least expensive option, involves the least intervention, and usually occurs after formatting and before going to print (or e-print, as the case may be).
Have you finished your first draft and aren’t sure what to do next? Want to know if you’re on the right track in terms of plot, characters, tone, and other big-picture aspects? When doing a manuscript critique I’ll read your book wearing two hats—both a reader’s and an editor’s—and provide both broad and specific feedback describing what’s working, what’s not, and examples of each to help guide you in your next draft.
This type of review is also available for non-fiction books, but only for those subjects in which I have sufficient experience and familiarity; these include personal finance, small business entrepreneurship, spirituality, lifestyle, and self-help/personal development.
Just the First 10,000 Words
You know your book needs good quality professional editing but your bank account is making unhappy noises about it? This option takes more time and effort on your part, but can save you some money in the long run.
I’ll perform a full copy-edit and critique of just the first ten thousand words, for a flat $200. This provides you with solid examples of your habitual typos, grammatical errors, or other issues – which you can then search through the rest of your manuscript for and fix yourself. A lighter copy edit and/or proofreading will still be advisable before you click the “publish” button, but you could save some significant cash in the meantime.