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I tackle manuscripts for fantasy, science fiction, dystopian future, historical fiction, horror, mystery, thriller, and more, as well as nonfiction works. I prefer working with self-publishing authors to help the little-known individuals put their best foot forward in the hopes of finding great success, however, I am a nondiscriminatory editor. If you’ve got a manuscript you’re passionate about, I want to read it!

Copy Editing

Copy editing focuses on correcting grammar—including, but not limited to: misspelled words, homophone mix-ups, usage errors, punctuation, and misplaced modifiers—in order to improve readability and give you a great foundation to what is, no doubt, an amazing story. Additionally, copy editors can offer suggestions in terms of refining and tightening up sentences without diminishing your authorial voice.

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Line Editing

Line editing covers the same basics as copy editing, but takes a closer look at your manuscript, quite literally, line by line. While that might seem like something copy editors should do as well, some authors (and publishing houses) only want the basics fixed to adhere to a tight deadline or a smaller budget.

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Developmental Editing

Developmental editing consists of helping authors improve the content of their manuscripts (whether they're just starting out or near the end of their project), as well as restructuring for better flow; resolving plot holes, character arcs, pacing, etc.; and in the case of nonfiction, helping to find the driving force behind the story to make it crystal clear for the audience.

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Proofreading

Proofreading is the last step in polishing your manuscript. A proofreader finds spelling, formatting, or grammar issues, inconsistencies in content, and any punctuation errors that may not have been caught earlier on, or were introduced by changes an author made without bringing it to the editor’s attention. It’s often a good idea to hire someone other than your editor to provide this service, as a fresh set of eyes is less likely to skip over parts of the story they already know—which can increase the instances of mistakes left in the published story.

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Beta Reading

Beta reading is one of those services that, depending on who you ask, means and entails different tasks. What I offer is the reading of your manuscript and giving feedback in terms of what works, what doesn’t work, and answer any questions you have (provided at the beginning of the task) in regards to flow, tone, characters, scenes, etc. This step is typically done prior to it reaching an editor’s desk to allow for any major flaws/issues to be rectified first.

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Sample Edits

Sample editing is exactly what it sounds like: if you’re genuinely interested in working with me but want to see if my editing fits with your voice and style, I’m willing to edit a short chapter or smaller chunk for free. I typically aim to take on about 1,000 words, though depending on what kind of story you’ve written, a little more can be arranged. If you like what I’ve provided, great! Let’s work together. If not, no worries!

If you’re interested in a price quote for your project, please send me an email or fill out the contact form below. Every job will be a little different, and I am flexible with pay. Industry standards set a rate of anywhere from $0.02-$0.049 per word, depending on the project (nonfiction tends to cost more than fiction, line editing is more involved than a basic copy edit, and developmental editing tends toward an hourly rate); but I strive to work with a writer’s budget, especially as I continue to build my portfolio. Flat rates for projects can be provided in lieu of per word or hourly, as well.

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