Currently booked through: March 10, 2014
I offer manuscript evaluation, developmental editing, line editing, proofreading, and other services on a freelance basis. I am a current member of the Editorial Freelancers Association; please see their recommended rates here for comparison.
All manuscripts submitted for editing must be in standard format. (Shunn’s guide for fiction writers, for example, can be found here.) Please feel free to ask if you are not sure what that means for your project.
- Manuscript evaluations are $40 per 10,000 words. I will read your ms. and provide you with an critique letter which discusses the big-picture overview of plot, character development, world building, voice, and writing quality.
- Proofreading is 1 cent per word.
- Copy (line) editing is 2 cents a word.
- Developmental editing is 2 cents per word.
- Two-part developmental package: a developmental edit followed by a line edit (after your revisions) for only 3 cents per word.
- If you aren’t sure which level of editing your current project needs, I will read through your entire manuscript for a $50 non-refundable reading fee. You get an email stating what I think your novel needs, and if you choose to hire me, that $50 comes off my fee for the job, meaning you’ve paid nothing extra. (If you don’t, I’ve still be compensated for my time, so no one loses.)
SPECIAL! Clients who need short story edits (under 10,000 words) will get a 50% discount off my rates.
You can view my resume, with over 20 years of experience, here.
Read some of my most popular blog posts about editing:
- Editing Tips #1: Personal Style Guide
- Editing Tips #2: Know What You’re Getting When You Have an “Editor”
- Editing Tips #3: Who’s Telling The Story?
- Some notes on editing a 10-year old writer
Print layout, digital book creation, research, fact checking, writing, and cover design services available as well. Please contact me to discuss your needs.
- correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and word usage while preserving the meaning and voice of the original text
- checking for or imposing a consistent style and format
- preparing a style sheet that documents style and format
- reading for overall clarity and sense on behalf of the prospective audience
- querying the appropriate party about apparent errors or inconsistencies
- noting permissions needed to publish copyrighted material
- preparing a manuscript for the next stage of the publication process
- cross-checking references, art, figures, tables, equations, and other features for consistency with their mentions in the text
Developmental Editing. Any or all of the following:
- working with the client and, usually, the author of a book or other document to develop a manuscript from initial concept, outline, or draft (or some combination of the three) through any number of subsequent drafts
- making suggestions about content, organization, and presentation, based on analysis of competing works, comments of expert reviewers, the client’s market analysis, and other appropriate references
- rewriting, writing, and researching, as needed, and sometimes suggesting topics or providing information about topics for consideration of authors and client
Evaluating a Manuscript. Reading and reviewing an unpublished manuscript and preparing a written report about the work that addresses the client’s specific concerns, such as competition, audience, and timeliness of topic. Fact Checking. Verifying the accuracy of content. The scope and specific tasks involved vary depending on the type of publication. Indexing. Providing a comprehensive guide to the contents of a work and generally involving the following:
- reading page proofs or the equivalent to compile an alphabetical list of references to pertinent terms and concepts in the text
- choosing, grouping, and consolidating page references under main headings, subheadings, and cross-references as a guide to specific information.
Proofreading. Comparing the latest stage of text with the preceding stage, marking discrepancies in text, and, when appropriate, checking for problems in page makeup, layout, color separation, or type. Proofreading may also include one or more of the following:
- checking proof against typesetting specifications
- querying or correcting errors or inconsistencies that may have escaped an editor or writer
- reading for typographical errors or for sense without reading against copy
- verifying links in online publications
Researching. Gathering and verifying information to develop all or part of a publication. Writing. Producing an original document from notes, outline, research, interviews, experience, or general guidelines. The following two kinds of specialized writing are now commonplace: Technical Writing. Writing about computer hardware or software or about other technical products or equipment, usually with information provided by engineers or other technical professionals and including any or all of the following:
- working with programmers, engineers, or other technical professionals to clarify product specifications
- organizing information to enhance ease of learning or understanding by product users
- designing online documentation
Medical Writing. Writing about drugs or biological devices and products, usually with information provided by scientists or doctors and including any or all of the following:
- working with scientists, doctors, or other researchers to clarify scientific data
- ensuring that documents comply with regulatory or journal guidelines