Developmental editing is the most intensive form of manuscript editing. The goal of a developmental edit is to strengthen the content and structure of your work.
For both fiction and nonfiction, developmental editing of a manuscript can happen early in the writing process – so early in fact that the manuscript may not be done. Perhaps you need help organizing your ideas or sorting out where to go from where you are. I will help you to create a chapter outline. Maybe you have a fully written first draft and want input on it. A developmental edit can be performed at either stage.
My favorite question to ask of fictional work in this period is “why?” I want to know the reason for everything in your manuscript. I believe this question can significantly shape a story’s arc, characters and overall progress.
During the developmental edit, I will not be checking for grammar or spelling issues, or any type of minor correction. I am instead seeking out any major plot issues in your manuscript, pacing concerns and character motivations, among other things. I will return to you with questions, concerns and suggestions which may help your writing process moving forward.
For nonfiction, my primary concern is what message you are trying to convey, large-scale historical accuracy and source use, and idea organization and clarity.
Price: $.007 per word. ($350 for 50,000 words)
Copyediting is what I like to think of as the “middle” step in the editing process. Once a developmental edit has been completed and an author’s initial draft finalized, the manuscript should be reviewed for larger grammatical concerns. Copyediting addresses usage of English, rewriting for clarity, fact-checking, continuity and style considerations. Between copyediting and the next step, proofreading, authors can expect hundreds, or possibly even thousands of edits, depending on the manuscript.
For all manuscripts, I abide by the Chicago Manual of Style in both the copyedit phase and in all proofreading. See www.chicagomanualofstyle.org. for the online version.
Price: $.004 per word ($200 for $50,000 words)
Proofreading and copyediting both address spelling and grammar concerns, but a proofread is done when the book has been moved to a PDF or epub file. Alongside a further check for spelling and grammar errors, I will check for word gaps, line breaks, and other small style issues. This edit is meant to proof the final form of the book before it is published, after it has gone through all other edits and is ready to be released.
Price: $.003 per word ($150 for 50,000 words)
Stuck in an idea rut? Not sure where to take your character? Is he or she giving you trouble? Feel free to email me for a consultation or meeting to discuss any writing issues you may be having.
I am also available to proofread, write and edit marketing copy and advertising, including webpages, email blasts, newsletters and press releases or memos.
I am currently available to edit middle-grade, young adult and historical fiction, at any stage of the writing process. I am also happy to edit nonfiction pieces such as journalism articles and newsletters.
I’ve seen editors tell authors that something in their story “doesn’t work.” My first priority is to make it clear to any author that their story is THEIRS. I am not going to rewrite it. I may tell you that something doesn’t make sense. My goal as an editor, however, is to help you find a way to make your story make sense, and make it the story you want it to be.
To ensure that you agree with my editing process, comments and concerns, I offer a free trial edit of 5-10 pages.
Please email email@example.com with any questions or editing inquiries. I look forward to meeting with you and reading your stories!
I continue to work as a full-time proofreader, alongside my work as a full-time editor. I am committed to providing a thorough and in-depth review, and return times will vary depending on the project and my work schedule. My intention is to return every edit within a week; if my job is unexpectedly busy or the manuscript is very long, it may take a week and a half to two weeks.
I abide generally by the guidelines set by the Editorial Freelancer’s Association, though I do set my rates somewhat lower than what they suggest. As I continue to hold a full-time job, my turnaround time is not as quick as a full-time editor’s would be. See the association’s full rate table at https://www.the-efa.org/rates/.