I am a freelance editor; what I do is heavy developmental and copy editing. I am a thorough grammarian and have a good eye for inconsistencies. I am able to help you with character development, dialogue, paragraphing, sequencing of events and details, theme, and symbolism, in addition to providing a thorough review of grammar, usage, style, and word choice. If you have particular concerns or elements you know you would like to see strengthened, you can let me know beforehand so I can pay particular attention to those key passages.
Your manuscript should be a Word document, double-spaced, with a standard serif font. I read very carefully and spend an average of 5-10 minutes per page. I'll track my line edits in the review mode so you have the option to either accept or reject any of them, and I will use the comment feature for questions and clarifications to help you make improvements and decisions. You can see my editing style in the "Work Samples" tab.
I estimate my turnaround time for 100,000 words would be two weeks or less.
For works of fiction, I charge $15 per thousand words, with a $50 minimum. After you clean it up based on my first read, you are welcome to send it to me again, at no charge, for a quicker proofreading review to catch additional stray details and errors I may have missed. If your revisions add significantly to the length (more than 5,000 words or 5%, whichever is less), there would be an additional charge for the second read.
What I would like from you along with your manuscript is a short blurb of what your novel is about, sort of a "back cover" pitch without revealing the ending.
If you'd like, you can send me a short first chapter so we can "try" each other; that would give me a feel for your writing and you could see the type of editing you will receive. You won't owe me anything for that sample if you decide my services will not meet your needs.
For nonfiction manuscripts, such as scholarly writing, research papers, and dissertations, I charge $25 per thousand words for a single read. I am meticulous in my review of APA style guidelines, and I will carefully check the formatting of each entry on your References page.
My payment terms are half up front with the balance due upon completion of the first read, and making payments is easy with PayPal.
Let me know if you have questions about the kind of editing help I can provide for you, or if your editing needs are different from the services I have described above.
A special offer for new clients: 20% discount for one read (fiction only).
Thank you for your interest,