Services I offer:


Critiques

Beginner's Package

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Who it’s for: 

Writers who are just starting out and would like to improve the way they put ideas onto the page. This type is appropriate for writers aspiring to publish traditionally or self-publish.

What you get:

  • A 4+ page detailed critique of the first 20 pages of your manuscript
  • A lesson plan with 5 or more writing exercises designed to strengthen your weak points
  • 1 hour’s worth of follow-up e-mails to address questions or add guidance
  • Tips for the next steps in your writing journey based on where you are now

Many writers who are just starting out aren’t ready for a full manuscript edit or critique. This option gives you a flat-fee package that costs less than a full edit and targets your unique strengths and challenges. Most major issues that keep readers from immersing themselves in your writing will show up within the first few pages, so a 20-page assessment gets you over the hump of those always-difficult beginnings and into the meat of your biggest challenges as a new writer. Think of it as a Fiction Writing 101 course. Rather than aiming for publishable material or a quick fix for grammar and mechanics, the goal here is to teach you the tools to improve your storytelling on your own, so when you’re ready for a full critique or edit, whether through me or someone else, you’ll be putting your best work forward and getting the most value for your effort. Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns if you’re considering this option.

Full Manuscript Critique

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Who it’s for: 

Beginning writers who have completed a full novel draft and would like more direction for their next set of revisions. This type of edit is appropriate for writers aspiring to publish traditionally or self-publish. Please note that this type of edit does not include any line-level edits (grammar, mechanics, spelling), as at this stage we’re working on broader issues like plot, character, story structure, and effective writing.

What you get:

  • A 10+ page detailed critique of the full draft of your manuscript
  • Specific examples of ways to address the major issues found in the manuscript
  • 1 hour’s worth of follow-up e-mails to address questions or add guidance
  • Tips for the next steps in your writing journey based on where you are now

 


Developmental Edits

Note: The only difference between the two edits below is the depth of the line edit. This is based entirely on the existing skill of the writer and will be discussed between the writer and editor before a contract is signed.

Developmental Edit with Substantive Line Edit

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                  © Ksenia Kuznetsova - Fotolia.com

Who it’s for: 

Writers who have worked through the basic issues of making their thoughts clear on the page but who would like in-depth guidance for improving their stories. This type of edit is appropriate for writers looking to take the first step toward self-publishing or those who want to submit the most effective manuscript to agents or traditional publishers. Note to self-publishing authors: In most cases, this type of edit does not take the place of a thorough copy edit. Many things may change between this stage and the final draft based on the developmental edit’s findings, so a copy edit is always recommended after a developmental edit, and I encourage you to find a different editor at that stage for a fresh set of eyes.

What you get:

  • A 10+ page detailed critique of the full draft of your manuscript
  • Full line/copy edits throughout the manuscript addressing sentence structure, grammar, and other mechanical issues
  • Full assessment of any strengths or weaknesses in the storytelling such as plot, character, setting, repetition, continuity, and theme
  • 1 hour’s worth of follow-up e-mails to address questions or add guidance

 

Developmental Edit with Light Line Edit

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Who it’s for: 

Writers with some experience whose sentence structure is mostly clean. This type of edit is appropriate for writers looking to take the first step toward self-publishing or those who want to submit the most effective manuscript to agents or traditional publishers. Note to self-publishing authors: In most cases, this type of edit does not take the place of a thorough copy edit. Many things may change between this stage and the final draft based on the developmental edit’s findings, so a copy edit is always recommended after a developmental edit, and I encourage you to find a different editor at that stage for a fresh set of eyes.

What you get:

  • A 10+ page detailed critique of the full draft of your manuscript
  • Line edits for improved readability as needed
  • Full assessment of any strengths or weaknesses in storyline issues such as plot, character, setting, repetition, continuity, and theme
  • 1 hour’s worth of follow-up e-mails to address questions or add guidance

 

 

 


Copy Edits

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Who it's for:

Writers who have already addressed major storytelling issues, either through experience and training or a thorough developmental edit. This type of edit is appropriate for writers intending to self-publish and writers wishing to present a clean manuscript to agents or traditional publishers.

Note that traditional publishers will perform their own copyediting service, but for writers whose first language is not English, those with challenges such as dyslexia, and those who are not comfortable with their grasp of grammar, a copy edit can give more confidence when submitting for publication.

 

 

What you get:

  • Fully marked-up manuscript using Microsoft’s Track Changes feature (contact me to discuss other options if you don’t have MS Word)
  • 4+ page overview note addressing any major grammatical or mechanical issues
  • 1 hour’s worth of follow-up e-mails to address questions or add guidance
  • A style sheet for tracking major characters and settings, story-specific terms, and any exceptions to guidelines that were retained for your unique voicing

Proofreading

Text-Only Proofread

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Who it’s for: 

Writers whose manuscripts have already been professionally copyedited and who are intending to self-publish in e-book format (does not include style or layout checks).

What you get:

  • Fully marked-up manuscript using Microsoft’s Track Changes feature (contact me to discuss other options if you don’t have MS Word)
  • 2+ page overview note addressing any major remaining issues
  • 1 hour’s worth of follow-up e-mails to address questions or add guidance

 

Full Proofread with Formatting

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© massimo_g - Fotolia.com

Who it’s for: 

Writers whose manuscripts have already been professionally copyedited and laid out for publication in the appropriate format (Mobi, ePub, PDF), and who are intending to self-publish in print and/or e-book format.

What you get:

  • Fully marked-up manuscript in PDF format (print) or MS Word (electronic) and/or a note sheet regarding any changes needed for other file formats that are not directly annotatable by the editor
  • 2+ page overview note addressing any major grammatical or mechanical issues
  • A full layout check for design and typesetting elements
  • 1 hour’s worth of follow-up e-mails to address questions or add guidance