I offer developmental, line, and copyediting services for book-length fiction and nonfiction manuscripts.
For fiction editing, I specialize in editing thriller, mystery, historical fiction, and speculative fiction (including all related crossover fiction and subgenres).
For nonfiction editing, I am particularly interested in anything related to anthropology, archaeology, and history; community advocacy and social justice; cooking and food; death and grieving across cultures; science and technology; travel; and international arts and humanities.
- TYPES OF EDITS
- Developmental editing
- Developmental editing is macro-level editing where we work together to prepare your draft for copyediting or proofreading. Developmental editing includes some creative coaching; you’ll learn to identify and correct weak points in your writing as we polish up and add depth to your work.
- Content or substantive editing are each a type of developmental edit usually involving scene- or paragraph-level editing focused on narrative quality and content organization. We want to make sure your writing makes sense.
- For fiction, that includes editing for characterization, plot, dialogue, POV, pacing, verb tense, structure, and so on. For nonfiction, the aim is to make your text an enjoyable narrative that fits the appropriate reading level for your target audience.
- You will receive a list of recommended books, articles, podcasts, and other helpful, relevant media as a part of this service.
- Line editing
- Line editing (also known as stylistic editing) is sentence-level editing. I edit each line in your text for clarity, flow, style, and voice. This ensures your work is enjoyable and entertaining to read—readability for the correct audience is key.
- Copyediting (also known as copy editing or copy-editing, depending on your style guide)
- Copyediting covers the rules of writing: correcting grammar, punctuation, spelling, and usage mistakes. Minor edits to layout details and some fact-checking may be done, too. Copyediting is not about language artistry but rather the correctness of the writing. Style guides matter, but there is some flexibility when stylistically suitable. Copyedits are sometimes broken down by scope as light, medium, or heavy copyedits.
I charge by the project. I do complete two editing passes per round of edits. The second pass usually takes me half the time it takes to complete the first pass. I’ve created a calculator to help my clients estimate my editing fees:
Please note that the estimates provided by that calculator may not be accurate. The amount charged for editing any given project may vary from what is charged for another project due to differences in project scope, subject complexity, writing quality, deadline considerations, and other factors.
Please contact me directly for a customized estimate for your project and samples of my work.*
- I do offer manuscript evaluations. Please contact me for more information if that’s something you’re interested in.
- Smaller projects—any editing job involving fewer than 50,000 words, with the exception of short stories or flash fiction—may require a base fee of $65 USD.
- I can provide free edits on up to five pages* of your manuscript upon request as a sample of my work.
- Discounts may be available upon request for nonprofit organizations, veterans and active military personnel; currently enrolled full-time students; and retirees. Some limits may apply.
- You can find out more about what the going rates are for editorial and writing services through the EFA, EAC, SfEP, and Society of Editors (Western Australia). Please keep in mind that generalized rate charts like those linked to above fail to differentiate between one editing industry and another. For example, a developmental edit for a nonfiction book about the evolution of Japanese funerary rites requires a different skill set and methodology than a developmental edit for an Afrofuturistic space opera novel.
- You can reduce the costs of hiring a professional editor by being proactive. Get feedback from beta readers, critique partners, or writing groups. Self-edit as thoroughly as you can before asking for a quote. If you would like some recommendations on books or articles about how to write or edit, please ask. I have lots of resources for creative writers already posted here on my site.
- Be sure to check out crowdfunding options through sites like Patreon, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, GoFundMe, or Crowdfunder to help pay for professional editing, cover design, formatting, website design, etc. for your project. Crowdfunding can teach you how to market your work and help you gauge your audience’s interest in your project before you spend any money.
*If your project is less than 50,000 words in length, I cannot provide a sample edit on your document. Instead, I can provide samples of past work on other projects similar to yours.
Please be sure to check out my Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about quotes, booking services, payments, and more. Pricing may vary from one project to the next based on a variety of factors. If I cannot help you for any reason, I will gladly refer you to another reputable professional that will better suit your project’s needs.