I edit creative writing and business writing. This includes trade fiction (historical fiction, thriller, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy novels), screenplays, creative nonfiction (book-length travelogues, memoirs, social commentaries, and histories, as well as essays and long-form articles), marketing copy, web content, and résumés (curricula vitae).
For nonfiction and business editing, I am particularly interested in anything related to anthropology, archaeology, and history; community advocacy and social justice; death and grieving across cultures; science and technology; humanities and the arts; and international politics.
- 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.
- Developmental editing is sometimes called content or substantive editing. Content or substantive editing usually refers to scene- or paragraph-level editing which focuses on narrative quality and content organization. We want to make sure your writing makes sense.
- For creative writing, that includes editing for characterization, plot, dialogue, POV, pacing, verb tense, structure, and so on. For business writing, the aim is to make already-written text fit in with existing brand-identity goals, trending topics, consumer demographics, plain language, and—if applicable—search engine optimization (SEO).
- 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. Style guides matter, but there is some flexibility when stylistically suitable. 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. 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.*
- 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 do offer manuscript evaluations and screenplay critiques. Please contact me for more information if that’s something you’re interested in.
- Discounts may be available for nonprofit organizations, veterans and active military personnel; currently enrolled full-time students; and retirees (though 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). Do keep in mind that generalized rate charts on any site fail to differentiate between one editing industry and another (e.g., a developmental edit for a scientific paper requires a different skill set than a developmental edit for a speculative fiction novel).
- For creative writers, I do offer free edits on up to five pages* of your manuscript or screenplay as a sample of my work.
- You can reduce the costs of hiring a professional editor by being proactive. Creative writers can get feedback from beta readers, critique partners, or writing groups. Business writers can ask trusted peers and colleagues for input and suggestions. 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 a lot 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.