- Big-Picture Editing (Developmental Edit or Manuscript Evaluation)
- Line Editing and Copyediting
- Comprehensive (two-pass) editing
- Chapter-by-chapter editorial coaching
- Outline critiques and story development
This is a close reading and thorough analysis of your manuscript that gives you an editor’s unvarnished opinion on big-picture story elements. It unpacks what works and what needs work. In fiction, the latter might include structural problems, pacing issues, plot holes, characterization and point of view issues, scene dynamics and dialogue, setting and description.
In non-fiction, the developmental edit focuses on content, structure, flow, clarity, and tone. It helps you hone in on what your readers will be looking for and arrive at the optimum structure to deliver it to them.
You will get: a heavily annotated manuscript and a detailed (20+ page) editorial letter identifying your manuscript’s biggest strengths and weaknesses, with revision suggestions explained in depth. You’ll also get a book map, which is an overview analysis of your book. You will refer to this feedback again and again as you revise. Great both for early drafts and for writers who have polished their sentences but need to go back and rethink structure, plot or other big-picture issues.
Cost varies by MS length–estimate 3 cents/word USD
- 45,000-75,000 words: 1,350-2,250 USD
- 75,000-100,000 words: 2,250-3,000 USD
- 100,000+ words: 3,000 USD and above
You’ve finished a draft and are looking for editorial guidance without investing in the expense or potentially overwhelming detail of a full-on developmental or substantive edit.
This evaluation is a close reading of your manuscript, annotations throughout the text, and an editorial letter that gives you an overview on its strengths and weaknesses, my unvarnished opinion on the book’s readiness for submission / publication, and suggestions on where to focus your revision efforts.
Cost varies by MS length–estimate 1.8 cents/word USD
- 45,000-75,000 words: 800-1,350 USD
- 75,000-100,000 words: 1,350-1,800 USD
- 100,000+ words: 1,800+ USD
This is a two-pass process: first a developmental edit as described above, then line edits and copyedits on your revised manuscript.
Cost varies by MS length–estimate 4 cents/word USD total, with payments spread over both passes.
- 45,000-75,000 words: 1,800-3,000 USD
- 75,000-100,000 words: 3,000-4,000 USD
- 100,000+ words: 4,000+ USD
Line Edit and Copyedit:
Line editing addresses clarity and flow, sentence structure, redundancies and ambiguity. It aims for consistency and grace. Copyediting addresses spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar and word usage. There is overlap between the two. The goal of both is to preserve the writer’s natural tone while removing errors.
For book-length manuscripts I will usually line edit and copyedit in the same pass, often after having done a big-picture pass (either MS evaluation or developmental edit). For short pieces, line editing and copyediting can help tremendously in taking the piece from ‘meh’ to very good or great (depending on the original level of the prose).
Cost: 3.5 cents/word
Get your book on track with an intensive editing and coaching experience.
You will get: ongoing editorial coaching in chunks of 5,000-10,000 words (or whatever length would benefit you the most), revision comments, memos outlining strengths and weaknesses of each section, targeted resources (articles, exercises) to strengthen your writing weaknesses, and optional video meetings to discuss your writing, set goals and overcome challenges.
If you have a stalled project or are losing momentum, this mentoring and editorial service is the perfect combination to get you closer to those two most wonderful words in the writer’s lexicon: THE END.
Cost: 4 cents/word and up for coaching packets, 90/hour USD for meetings. Get in touch for a no-obligation quote.
Outline Critique and Development:
Fiction: Work out the flaws in your novel’s big-picture elements before you get too far into the writing with this efficient approach. Less expensive than getting an edit on a completed manuscript. Useful for any writer who knows they have trouble with narrative arc, structure, pacing, character motivations or other big-picture elements.
Nonfiction: Helps you hone in on who the book is for and what your particular slant on the topic is, so you can make those hundreds of decisions that writing a book entails. Useful if you are unsure how to structure the content and need an objective opinion.
Consists of a thorough critique of your outline (long or short), and at least one phone call to get to the heart of what your book is about.
Cost: 5 cents/word and 90 USD for the call.
How to decide?
If you have a book-length manuscript, find more information here.
If you write short stories, visit here.
Still not sure? Contact me and start a conversation.