Editorial Services

Manuscript Critique / Editorial Assessment

A manuscript evaluation is high-level report on strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript. Your book may be complete or just halfway done, but you need someone knowledgeable to review your manuscript and tell you where the issues are (or to tell you you’ve done a great job!). Many people get a manuscript critique before proceeding to a full developmental edit. 

Included: A 3-5 page editorial letter detailing high-level issues of your manuscript. Does not include inline comments or suggested fixes.

  • Children’s Books (under 2000 words): $375
  • Everything else: $.020/wd, with $500 minimum

Developmental Editing

A developmental edit is another high-level evaluation of a manuscript to assess its overall quality and effectiveness, with the addition of more detailed feedback. A developmental edit produces a longer detailed report (6-10 pages, often with chapter breakdowns) and also includes inline comments and suggestions throughout the manuscript itself.

Where a manuscript evaluation is kind of a one-and-done high-level report, the developmental edit is more of a relationship between an author and editor. I perform a DE and give you the feedback. You go off and make the changes, and send it back to me again, and I give you more feedback.

  • Up to 50K words = $3000
  • Up to 50-75K words = $4000
  • Up to 75-100K words = $5000

This price includes one additional round of feedback. Additional rounds beyond this are charged on an hourly basis ($85/hr)

NOTE: In 2022 I will be changing my pricing for developmental edits on nonfiction books that represent a person’s services.

Fixin’ What Needs Fixin‘ Edit

(a.k.a Line + Copy Edit)

After any higher-level structural or strategic issues are worked out, the book is ready for the line/copy edit. Line editing is concerned with content on a sentence and paragraph level. The editor evaluates whether the content is communicating information clearly and effectively. The line edit also aims to create good rhythm and flow in the writing. So I might combine sentences if a section has too many short and choppy sentences, or I might break apart run-on sentences.

This edit includes a copy edit, which looks for errors (grammatical and typos) and ensures the manuscript adheres to the desired style guide (for most publishers, this is the Chicago Manual of Style).

I combine the line edit and copy edit because most private authors need more than a simple copy edit.
In this combined edit I will:

  • Smooth out any awkward sentences
  • Fix incorrect word or idiom usage
  • Ensure your text has good rhythm, which might mean breaking up run-on sentences or combining short, choppy sentences
  • Convert paragraphs to bullets and/or tables to better present information
  • Review structural consistency (things like headings, subheads and bulleted lists)
  • Move sentences or paragraphs around to improve information clarity
  • Ensure transitions between paragraphs and chapters make sense, that the storylines are connected
  • Remove/consolidate repeated information
  • Remove/rewrite repeated words/phrases/content
  • Rewrite unclear or confusing content
  • Ensure terminology is explained
  • Ensure information and/or terminology is used consistently
  • Correct any grammatical errors
  • Fix any typos and remove extra spaces
  • Ensure things are properly capitalized (including bulleted lists and headings)

Price: $.055-$.065/wd, pending review of manuscript

Copy Editing

My line edit includes a copy edit, because most private authors just need things fixed, and want me to fix them.

I have copy editing listed as a separate service because occasionally people do ask for a copy edit that doesn’t want me to look at writing mechanics, language issues, or content at a sentence or paragraph level. They only want me to ensure that their manuscript has no grammatical errors or typos and adheres to whichever style guide is relevant (for most publishing, it’s the Chicago Manual of Style).

(NOTE: This isn’t proofreading. Proofreading is the last step before printing, where someone checks the galleys for errors and/or formatting issues. I don’t do proofreading but I can refer you to a colleague who does.)

Price: $.042/wd, pending review of manuscript. If it needs more work than just a light copy edit, price will go up to line editing prices

Try Me Out First! (Line or Copy Editing Only)

With editing, the proof is in the pudding. You can try out my editing on a sample of up to four pages/around 1000 words. It’s helpful to see how I work and the kind of comments I leave.

Book Doctoring | Ghost Editing | Rewriting

You know your book has issues, but you are SO DONE and want someone else to figure them out and fix them. Whether you’re an author or a ghostwriter who is stuck, fresh eyes on your manuscript are a great thing!

Price: $100/hr, but if I’ve done a developmental edit on your manuscript, you get a 25% discount if you want me to make the fixes (vs. you doing them).