While writing can be a solitary pursuit, editing is a collaboration, a partnership between the author and the editor. First-time authors are often reluctant to let me look at their work, afraid that it’s not good enough. Which is really what my job is, helping an author make their writing better.
I will never tell you that your baby is ugly. I may, however, suggest that your baby would look better in a different outfit.
Regardless of the level of edit, I will read your story more than once. I read from start to finish while sitting on my hands. Then I go back, read it again, this time with an eye to improvement. Sometimes it’s a matter of incorrect spelling and punctuation, which means a quick turnaround and only two readings. Sometimes it’s a matter of shifting scenes around, sharpening dialogue, and throwing more conflict at the main character. If that’s the case, and a revision is needed, I will read the story a minimum of three times.
If you belong to a writing group, chances are your critique partners will provide you with confirmation that your story is on track, as well as constructive criticism about where it is not working. If no one other than friends and family have read your book, I suggest a manuscript critique. Before I start on the critique, expect the following questions:
What are the GMCs of your characters?
What are the holes your characters are trying to fill?
What concerns you about the story?
I will evaluate your work providing feedback on theme, plot, character development, and story arc. I will highlight places that shine and suggest ways to strengthen other areas. I will let you know if the story in your head is the story on the page.
Line editing or copy editing are NOT included
This is a line-by-line edit of your work to address the story on a sentence level. This is very helpful for highlighting inconsistencies that may bump the reader out of the book. This pass includes a copy edit. This is perfect for the first-time author who has had critique partners provide input. The following items are included:
Issues such as discrepancies in the timeline, character descriptions, and plot holes are pointed out
Verification & revision of factual inconsistencies or suspected errors
Revision of awkward, wordy passages
Major structural issues are NOT included
If your work has been critiqued and line edited, this pass addresses the following:
Correct errors in capitalization, hyphenation, spelling, grammar, and punctuation on a sentence-by-sentence level
Query to clarify word choice or terms that may be unfamiliar to readers
Query factual inconsistencies or suspected errors
Story issues and structural problems are NOT included
After we have discussed your project, I will give you an estimate for the time required and cost of services.
A booking fee of $75.00 holds a place for you on my calendar. It is part of the total editing cost.
I require 50% at the start of a project and the balance to be paid once the first editing pass is returned to you.
Fees for projects other than books are determined on an individual basis.