High-level edit with a developmental focus on organization, characterization, addition/deletion of content, point of view, pacing, plot holes, sentence and paragraph structure, and other structural issues specific to your project. While this doesn't mean I'll rewrite the whole manuscript for you, I will provide in-depth suggestions and examples on how to improve your manuscript throughout, as well as an editorial letter to discuss larger edits that may need to take place.
Recommended if your manuscript needs shaping and developing as a whole. After changes are implemented, this is usually followed by a copyedit to ensure that all new additions and changes did not introduce grammar or spelling errors.
Mid-level edit with a focus on grammar, spelling, sentence structure, style consistency, and occasional higher-level edits regarding logic and flow. After this edit, I will provide a style sheet so that you can refer to that moving forward. The style sheet will list out preferred spelling and uses of names, locations, terminology, and other items that may differ throughout the work.
Recommended if your project is already organized and you would like to make sure it is error-free and easy for a reader to follow. Prior to editing, we will discuss specific style guides and any particular focus you would like the editing to have.
Do you have a more specific request?
Perhaps you have a document under 5,000 words, which will have a quicker turnaround time.
Perhaps you want to create a custom package with multiple editing rounds included.
Perhaps you just want someone to read over your work and provide a report on what works and what doesn't.
I can work with your needs and customize a quote specifically for you. Check out the pricing table below for a few ideas of what personalized edits might look like.
Frequently asked questions
What platform will you use for editing?
I will gladly work with your platform preferences, but I do prefer working with the Track Changes function on Microsoft Word. That allows you to see and accept all my recommended edits as well as easily view any comments that I make. While I can work with Google Docs as well, my experience is that it slows down tremendously with larger documents (such as novels) and is a little less organized about keeping comments/edits in the right places.
How quick are your turnaround rates?
Short projects (under 5,000 words) such as academic essays, blog posts, articles, cover letters, short stories, and others can typically fit into my schedule for a one-week turnaround.
How do I reserve a spot in your editing schedule?
Will you provide an editing sample?
Yes! Since committing to an editor for a large work may be a daunting choice, I will gladly provide a four-page (roughly 1,000 words) editing sample for works over 20,000 words. Keep in mind that it may be difficult to assess a full comprehensive edit based on four pages, but this should provide an idea of the copyediting and insight that I can provide.
Will you ghostwrite any part of my project?
No, that is outside the scope of an editor's job. I won't create characters or flesh out dialogue or description for you. I won't do the research for you or write missing scenes for you. If you're looking to hand somebody an outline and have them write for you, then you will be in better hands with a ghostwriter rather than an editor at this stage of your project.
What if I disagree with some of your edits?
When somebody else puts their hands on your creative work, it's likely that we will find differing opinions or ideas occasionally. While a majority of copyedits relate to grammar and spelling, which are dictated by the chosen style guide and dictionary, some copyedits are more related to logic and flow, and these are not as strict as the grammar and spelling changes. If I think a certain change could help a reader understand what you were trying to convey, then I will typically leave a comment explaining my thought process so that you can evaluate whether you like the change or not.
Can you help me figure out whether I need a comprehensive edit or a copyedit?
Yes! If we decide to work together, I will be happy to give you feedback once I look over your draft or an excerpt from your draft. If you are already working with a publisher, they may even be pushing you to make certain changes that can guide the focus of the editing, so we will take that into account.
Will you make my work perfect and ready to be published?
As much as I would like to say yes, there is a process between writing and editing that will often involve multiple rewrites on your end. Whether the rewrite is large-scale with comprehensive editing or sentence-level with copyediting, I will be making suggestions for you to implement, and what you do with these suggestions is up to you.
Can I get more details on what each type of editing entails?
Yes, of course! The definitions of each type of editing will vary from editor to editor, so it's important to know what you're paying for before committing. Head over to my blog to find a longer discussion on the different types of editing that I offer.
What is your cancellation policy?
Short projects (under 5,000 words) are fully refundable up until the day I start working on them.
What are your style guide preferences?
Most book publishers prefer the Chicago Manual of Style, which I am well-versed in; it is also my personal preference when editing for independent authors if they don't have a preference. My dictionary preference is Merriam-Webster. Both of these preferences will be discussed ahead of time, and I will willingly adhere to a client's preference.