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Services

Critiques

A “first read” of your manuscript, with a summary of your work’s strengths and weaknesses and general recommendations for revisions. Includes email follow-up and a 30-minute phone appointment, if desired.

$3.00/page

Developmental Editing

Needs vary for each project, but this is a “big-picture” review and edit of your manuscript. You may expect strong emphasis on elements such as: plotting, “voice,” character development, structure, pacing, dialog, point-of-view, and backstory. You will receive notes and “spot edits” within your manuscript to guide you in your revisions, and brainstorming help is provided upon request. Suggestions will be offered to improve plot and character arcs, organization, and style. We’ll also help you define your target market. Includes an initial critique, email communication, a review of 1 revision, and a 30-minute follow-up phone appointment, if desired. Additional revision stages and phone appointments are billed at $50.00 per hour. Full line and copyediting are not included.

$6.00/page

Line and Copyediting

A line-by-line edit of your manuscript, with suggestions to improve clarity, grammar, style, general flow, and transitions. We’ll also address repetitive words, phrases, and ideas, and inconsistencies in staging and characterizations. This editing level generally includes fact-check queries and suggested deletions/rearrangement of scenes, paragraphs, and/or sentences. Includes email consultation and a final review of your returned “clean” manuscript for spelling, typos, grammar, and general flow.

$5.00/page

Basic Proofreading

A targeted, basic review of your manuscript to address grammar, spelling, and typos in preparation for agent/publisher submission or indie publication. (Note: For indie authors, additional referrals may be made for book formatters who specialize in your publishing platform.)

$3.00/page

Full-Service Package

Includes an initial critique, 2 rounds of developmental editing (additional reviews, if needed, are billed at $50.00 per hour), 1 line edit, 1 revision review, and a final copyedit/proof of your manuscript. For authors who plan to publish traditionally, we can walk you through the process. For indie authors, recommendations may be made for cover and page designers, formatters, and additional proofreaders. Full-service authors enjoy unlimited emails and may book additional phone appointments, if desired. We can also refer website and promotional designers, publicists, marketing consultants, and other specialists.

$8.00/page

Agent/Publisher Submissions

Need help with that all-important query or cover letter? We can assist you in creating the perfect “pitch” for your project to agents, publishers, reviewers, podcasters, publicists, and bloggers.  Be informative, intriguing, creative, persuasive, and professional—all in one page! We’ll also edit your manuscript blurb, synopsis, outline, and sample chapters.

$40.00/hour

Website and Promotional Content Editing

We’ll edit your promotional materials, including:

  • websites

  • cover copy

  • blog posts

  • social media content

  • press releases

  • podcast prep

  • Facebook party scripts

  • book club guides

  • book descriptions for online retailers

$40.00/hour

Coaching

This is the “freestyle” portion of our services. We help authors with:

  • outlines and synopses

  • proposals and sample chapters

  • agent and editor pitches

  • guidance through the submission, revision, and publication processes

  • series development

  • the agent or publisher search

  • writer resources

  • brainstorming

  • writer’s block

  • author platform set-up

  • book launch prep

  • general editorial mentoring

$50.00/hour

Payments

Services are invoiced through PayPal or by special arrangement, with installment plans available. Clients receive a letter of agreement, with the option to “freeze” or withdraw a project. Queries, clients, projects, and all business arrangements remain strictly confidential.