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Editorial Services + Rates

 

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

Starting rate: $0.012 per word

(60,000 words = $720)

 


Includes:

• One pass (2-3 complete read-throughs)

• An editorial report (10+ pages)

• Extensive markup on the manuscript

• One hour of email/phone support post-edit

• A critique of your blurb

Description:

Done on a work-in-progress or a completed draft, this is an analysis of the manuscript as a whole, focusing on big-picture issues such as structure, clarity, voice, theme, character development, plot, pacing, and factual inconsistencies. This is the deepest level of editing, often resulting in rewriting or reordering large portions of the manuscript. It can also involve researching or making suggestions on content based on the analysis of similar novels.

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LINE EDITING

Starting rate: $0.01 per word

(60,000 words = $600)
 

Includes:

• One pass (2 complete read-throughs)

• A simultaneous copy edit

• An editorial report (2+ pages)

• A style sheet tracking manuscript consistencies

• One hour of email/phone support post-edit

• A line edit of your blurb

Description:

Occurring after a developmental edit, this comprehensive edit of a completed manuscript focuses on language issues and organization at the paragraph level. It includes smoothing transitions, reorganizing material for readability and flow, cutting repetitive or superfluous content, identifying and offering suggestions on clarity, editing for consistency of tone, and querying or resolving factual errors and inconsistencies. Specific areas of focus include syntax, word choice, word/phrase overuse, and variation of sentence structure.

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MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION

Starting rate: $0.01 per word
(60,000 words = $600)

Includes:

• One complete read-through

• An editorial report (5+ pages)

One hour of email/video/phone support post-evaluation

• A critique of your blurb

Description:

This gives a high-level overview of what works and what doesn’t in a manuscript, addressing big-picture issues such as structure, plot, characters, setting, pacing, mechanics, and genre.

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COPY EDITING

Starting rate: $0.009 per word

(60,000 words = $540)

 

Includes:

• One pass (2 complete read-throughs)

• A style sheet tracking manuscript consistencies

One hour of email/phone support post-edit

• A copy edit of your blurb

Description:

Focusing on mechanical issues, this edit includes correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and word usage while preserving the meaning and writer’s voice. A consistent style and format (e.g. treatment of capitalization, punctuation, numbers, etc.) is checked and imposed. Some querying or resolving of factual errors, inaccuracies, or inconsistencies in logic may be included.

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PROOFREADING

Starting rate: $0.007 per word

(60,000 words = $420)

Includes:

• One pass (2 complete read-throughs)

• A style sheet tracking manuscript consistencies

• A proofread of your blurb

Description:

The last step before publication, this is the process of correcting any errors in spelling, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and typography but refraining from making structural, stylistic, or copy editing changes. Proofreading also ensures consistency in style and formatting. It usually results in changing isolated phrases, words, or punctuation, not entire sentences.

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BETA READING

Starting rate: $0.005 per word

(60,000 words = $300)

Includes:

• One complete read-through

A short critique (1-2 pages)

Description:

This service provides feedback from both an editor's and reader's point-0f-view on the manuscript as a whole. Areas of focus include characterization, plot, conflict, setting. pacing, dialogue, and craft.

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COACHING SESSION
$45 per hour

Stuck? Need a brainstorming partner? You set the topic, and I'll be there to help.

Get the feedback and clarity you need to move forward.

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SAMPLE EDIT

For line editing, copy editing, and proofreading, I offer a free sample edit/proofread

of 1000 words from your manuscript so you may see the quality of my work.  This will also allow me to determine which service is right for your manuscript.

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PAYMENT POLICY

Upon entering into a service agreement, a deposit of 25% of the total service price is required prior to work beginning. The remaining balance is due upon the conclusion of the work and prior to receipt of the completed manuscript.

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PLEASE NOTE

The above pricing is designed to serve as a baseline for cost estimate purposes. Based upon the sample you provide, the required timeline, and specific requirements, I will be able to give you the most accurate estimate. Payment plans are available. I strive to do my best to meet your needs.