Developmental Editing

Are you wondering if the pace of your book keeps readers hooked? Does your story’s world make sense to new readers? Are there loose ends in the story that you forgot to tie up?

Developmental editing looks at your story. It is the first step in the editing process, usually after an author has done some of their own revisions, and takes an intensive look at the characters, plot, and world of your book before diving into the details of line or copy editing. I’ll mark up your manuscript and provide an editorial letter with an overview of your book.

Examples of what’s covered in developmental editing:

  • Plot structure
  • Character analysis
  • World building
  • Pacing
  • Plot holes

Rates at .03/word. Free 30-minute consultation available. 

Line Editing

Are you wondering if your prose flows well and is easy to read? Do your different point-of-view characters have distinctive voices? Does your dialogue actually sound natural?

While developmental editing looks at your story, line editing looks at your writing. I’ll make suggestions about your prose at both the paragraph-level and the sentence-level, and include corrections on spelling, grammar, and punctuation. I’ll mark up your manuscript and provide you with a custom style sheet.

Examples of what’s included in a line edit:

  • Voice
  • Word choice
  • POV and tense
  • Natural dialogue
  • Repetitive words or overused phrases

Rates at .025/word. Sample edits available for line edits.

Copy Editing

Do you use the Oxford comma for some lists but not others? Did you spell out the word ten in the first chapter, but use numerals in the third chapter? Did your character just reference ice fishing on a lake that didn’t exist yet? (Looking at you, Titanic.)

Copy editing also looks at your writing, but it is not as in-depth as line editing. I won’t be looking at your writing style, but will work within your writing style to provide suggestions for grammar, spelling, punctuation, consistency, and fact-checking. I’ll mark up your manuscript and provide you with a custom style sheet.

Examples of what’s included in a copy edit:

  • Grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Syntax
  • Consistency in numerals and fonts
  • Fact-checking
  • Citations and end notes

Rates at .02/word. Sample edits available for copy editing.

Proofreading

Is your book all formatted and ready to publish? Do you need a second set of eyes before sending your book out into the world?

Proofreading is the very last step of the editing journey, and includes looking for any errors that may have been missed during copy editing. Proofreading includes all front matter, appendices, and cover materials.

Rates at .015/word. 

Manuscript Critique

Are you looking for big-picture feedback on your manuscript, but aren’t ready for a full edit yet? With a manuscript critique, I’ll read your manuscript and provide an editorial letter addressing big-picture points like characters and story structure, as well any recurring things I noticed in your prose. I won’t mark up your manuscript. 

Manuscript critiques can provide feedback to authors who still plan to revise their work before starting the rest of the editing process.

Rates at .01/word.

First Three Chapters Critique

Let’s make your first chapters shine! The first few chapters of your book are incredibly important: they are given as samples to potential buyers online, and are often requested by agents you may be querying. In other words, you want to hook your reader with these chapters!

With the First Three Chapters Critique, I’ll provide feedback on your hook, how you introduce your characters and themes, and anything else that will make your chapters stronger. I will do some mark-ups within the manuscript, depending on what stage of the editing process you’re at.

Flat rate: $65