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SERVICES AND PRICING

All edits and comments to your manuscript are completed in Microsoft Word using the Track Changes feature.  I will contact you at least once a week to let you know how I am progressing and to make any early suggestions that you may want to start considering. 

COPY EDITING

This involves marking grammar, spelling, punctuation, and wording errors.  It includes words or phrases that are misused, corrections to idioms, and inconsistent prose. I am very quick to catch clichés and problems with consistency. (For example: “She put the cash in her pocket.” Then a few pages later, “She removed the cash from her purse.”)  

line editing

This involves a writer who wishes to learn how they can add or remove content which allows the reader to experience more “show” and less “tell.” I will make suggestions to areas that need a deeper probe, tangential areas that could be rewritten in another way (or in some cases, removed,) character and plot development/enhancing, pacing, redundancies, and making areas that I like to call “cooking the meat before it’s thawed,” more robust. I may suggest something like: “It seems implausible that Peter didn’t detect Heidi’s earlier lies. Consider having him get suspicious around page 32 when she couldn’t remember her mother’s phone number.” I always work to “tune in” to each manuscript by doing outside research, including speaking with the author and others that are familiar with the subject matter, and thinking about your book way, way too much. (No charge for any of these!) I also work to ensure that the author’s voice remains unchanged. 

proofreading

This is the final stage of editing and includes a final review of your manuscript after any copy or line editing to ensure that no errors slipped through. It includes catching misspellings, grammar mistakes, punctuation, and ensuring your layout is consistent throughout your manuscript. 

pricing and payment

A simple agreement is sent to you once you have expressed true interest and I have agreed to the requested task(s). This agreement outlines my responsibilities, provides a timeline, and covers payment arrangements. 

 

I accept PayPal, Venmo, and Zelle. One-half of the total fee is due before I begin, and the remainder is due after I notify you that my editing is complete. 

 

For line and copy editing, I charge .02 (USD) per word for manuscripts up to 70,000 words. 

 

For proofreading, I charge .01 (USD) per word regardless of the length.  

For both proofreading and line or copy editing, I charge .0225 per word. Because I am performing both tasks at the same time, I bundle the fee.  

Developmental editing requests are evaluated and priced individually.

 

I review every manuscript twice to decrease the chances of missing necessary edits or changes.

I also offer query letter and synopsis composition assistance. The query letter and synopsis are absolutely crucial and often overlooked tools in finding and landing an agent or publisher. These works are incredibly difficult to compose and get just right. My fee for this is $50.00 (USD) per hour. 

 

Please contact me for anything unusual, and I am sure we can work it out.  

All editing assignments include a comprehensive, robust report.

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