CURRENT STATUS (as of 9/18):
Open now for reader reports! See details below.
Ready to self-publish? Unsure why your manuscript isn’t getting the agent attention you had hoped for? Looking for a professional opinion before diving into the query trenches? You’ve come to the right place! I am pleased to offer a variety of editing and critique services, from quick query critiques to full manuscript line edits.
I currently offer the following editing services for ADULT, NEW ADULT, and YOUNG ADULT manuscripts only. I will consider memoirs on a case-by-case basis. For chapter books, middle grade, and other non-fiction, I typically only offer basic proofreading services as I am less familiar with genre conventions and reader expectations in those categories. Having an editor who actively reads and writes in your genre and category will help you deliver what agents, publishers, and most importantly READERS are actively seeking.
I edit general literary and commercial fiction as well as genre fiction. I am happy to work on fiction with Christian and other religious characters and themes, but if your book is specifically meant for a religious market, I am probably not well-versed enough in the marketplace to give you the services you need. Adult content is generally not a problem, but please do mention it when you email for a quote.
UPDATED 1/12/2017 – Open for reader reports only!
I reserve the right to refuse to edit any manuscript for any reason, including but not limited to offensive content (think racist or sexist material, not the f-word… I welcome cursing), or a conflict of interest (if your book is too similar to one of my WIPs, I will step aside to protect us both).
All payments are to be made by Paypal. All pricing is in US dollars, although payment may be made in other currencies at the (current at the time of payment) exchange rate. Payment may be made in installments, but all payment must be completed before the final critique/edit is delivered.
Reader report (up to 100,000 words) – $400
Reader report (over 100,000 words) – $400 plus 1 cent per each additional word (for example, a 114,000 word novel would be $400 + (14,000 x $0.01) = $540)
NOTE: I highly recommend trying to get your book under 100,ooo words before hiring me… simply because most agents and publishers are going to balk at a 6-figure word count as well.
WHAT IS A READER REPORT?
A reader report is basically a beta read with a critique letter… delivered by an agented author who has worked as a professional editor, proofreader, and translator for over thirteen years. The process, as well as what you can expect, are as follows:
- First, I read your book. Twice. And I make LOTS of notes while I do it. This can take a day if your book is short and really, really amazing (and if I have a day off and my kids aren’t being demanding and all the stars align just right), OR it could take up to two weeks. In either case, you’ll get your edit letter in two weeks. Because even if the initial read takes a matter of hours, I’m still going to spend a LOT of time writing your report!
- I write up your reader report! Please note that I DO NOT make a specific guarantee about length, but for an average YA or adult novel, my reports have ranged from about 8-30 single-spaced pages in the past. I will comment on character, plot, pacing, voice… just about anything that might be able to help you get an agent and a book deal.
- I will comment on any possible issues THAT I PICK UP ON regarding diversity and representation. Please note that I am not a sensitivity reader for any SPECIFIC issue. However, I am pretty good at picking up on the kinds of things that MAY be interpreted as offensive, and can suggest alternatives based on generally accepted word choices, as well as offer some direction for the kinds of sensitivity readers you may need to look for before moving on to query agents.
- I will comment on recurring grammar and spelling errors. This does NOT mean that I will correct every individual error, but I’ll say something like, “You seem to be confusing ‘lose’ and ‘loose.’ ‘Lose’ is a verb that is the opposite of ‘find’ or ‘gain,’ and ‘loose’ is an adjective that is the opposite of ‘tight.'” By offering general corrections like this, you can save money over hiring me or another editor to perform a full copy edit, and gain the valuable experience of correcting your own errors… which will help you NOT to make the same mistakes in the future.
- I will comment on any factual inaccuracies that I notice. This obviously depends greatly on my own experience… for example, I couldn’t have told George Lucas whether the lightsaber duel in Revenge of the Sith was any good (no swordfighting experience, sadly), but I definitely would have been, “How the heck can this society have created cybernetic limbs that look and act exactly like the real thing but can’t tell this poor woman she’s having twins???” (lots and lots of pregnancy experience 😉
- I will probably put lots of Star Wars references in your comments, just because it usually seems like a good idea at the time. If Star Wars isn’t your thing, I also do musicals and stuff. 😉
- I will BE THERE to answer any questions that you have, to go back and forth via email if you don’t understand one of my concerns of if you want to run a new idea by me or ask if A would work if you only did B, etc. This does NOT include phone or Skype or FaceTime or any other voice or video consultation, but if we’re online at the same time I’m happy to Twitter chat. You’re basically hiring me to be your beta reader, mentor, and cheerleader (except I’m totally the kind of cheerleader who can be brutal when needed).
- Above all else, you can trust me to be KIND but HONEST. You won’t get “This is great, don’t change a thing” and you won’t get the equivalent of a form rejection. You will get “This is working for me, and this is really not.” I do absolutely guarantee to point out the good AND the needs-work. And EVERY SINGLE manuscript, or published book, or Star Wars movie (yes, even Empire!) has both. 🙂
I will be taking ONE client per two-week period for reader reports only! Email me to reserve your slot now! Currently (as over January 13) available to start immediately. I’m looking forward to hearing from you, and reading your words.
Critique Services (NOTE: Page counts assume Times New Roman or similar font, 12pt, manuscript format, except for query letters and synopses which may be in business letter format.) Query letter: $25 Synopsis (1-3 pages): $30 Query and first ten pages: $40 Query, synopsis, and first ten pages: $50 First thirty pages: $75 First fifty pages: $100 Full NOVELLA up to 50,000 words: $250 Full NOVEL up to 100,000 words: $400
SUMMER SALE: Full crits for JULY only $300! Full manuscript over 100,000 words: ASK (or get it under 100,000! 😉 )
SUMMER SALE: Full crits between 100,001 and 150,000 words for the under-100k price of $400! Editing Services
(Rates are approximate and negotiable. Please email for a quote!)
Developmental editing – Similar to a critique, but with more detailed comments and an in-depth editorial letter focusing on overarching issues such as plot, characterization, setting, voice and tone, themes, etc. I will comment on recurring grammatical errors or overused sentence structures, but will not point out every instance. This service is recommended for authors who know that their current draft still needs some heavy work, or for those who are getting rejections on partials or fulls and are not sure where they’re going wrong. 0.8 cents/word. Line editing – A detailed line-by-line edit with comments on things like word choice, sentence structure, specific suggestions on improving tone and voice on a line-by-line basis, etc. I will also comment on things that seem out of character, plot points that don’t seem to follow, overused expressions, vocabulary, and cliches… basically, this is the most detailed edit you can get. This is recommended for authors who are planning to self-publish and who are happy with the general plot and characters as they are, or for those who have already done a developmental editing round and are ready to through with a fine tooth comb. This may also help authors who are getting agent rejections based on voice, style, or lack of connection with characters. 2 cents/word, includes up to THREE revisions/editing passes. Copy editing – A simpler version of the line edit that focuses on actual mistakes (typos, grammatical errors, as well as continuity issues within the text) and does not attempt to change your plot, characters, or voice, except to make them consistent with other parts of your novel. If you are pursuing a traditional book deal, your publisher should provide a copy edit. This service is typically ideal for those who are ready to self-publish their final draft and need one final check for errors and discrepancies. 1 cent/word, includes two passes of the SAME version of the MS (i.e., I’ll read at least twice to check my own work, but this does not include revisions). NEW! Skype/Phone Consultations For FULL MS editing/critique clients: One consultation is included. For other clients, or those requesting consultation only: Rates and details HERE. Email consultations remain FREE! Not sure which type of editing you need? Feel free to email for a consultation and sample edit—always free! Finding a good freelance editor is just like finding a critique partner or an agent… it needs to be a good fit. I am happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have as you consider your options. (NOTE: The sample edit will be of two or three double-spaced pages from a full MS. I cannot edit your query letter or synopsis for free as a sample. Sample edits for clients who are SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING a full edit only, please! 🙂 ) Ready to get started?
Email to request your critique or a quote for your full manuscript edit today! For the fastest possible results, PLEASE include:
- The TITLE (working title is fine)
- The GENRE (e.g. science fiction, contemporary, mystery, historical… etc)
- The CATEGORY (adult, NA, or YA, in this case)
- Word count (round to the nearest 1,000 words, e.g. 87,000 instead of 86,894)
- Your publication goals (query agents, submit to small presses, self-pub, undecided?)
- If you want a FULL MS EDIT, two sample chapters. Attachments or copy-pasted into the email are fine. I need to see how polished your writing is to give you a quote that is fair for you and for me! (NOTE: you do not need to send sample chapters for a critique)
- Desired service(s)
- Deadline if you have one (If not, I will give you an estimated delivery date with my quote. Please note that rush jobs may be more expensive, as I often have to pay for daycare, take-out dinners, etc, in order to complete them on time!)
There are many amazing editors out there. Thank you for considering me, and best of luck on your publication journey!