I’m a development editor and copy editor with over ten years of experience, including three years in-house with a New York publishing firm. Experienced with publishers and independent authors, fiction and non-fiction (including academic work).
Services I offer:
• Overall manuscript evaluation
• In-depth critique (plot, character, language)
• Detailed copy editing and proofreading (grammar, punctuation, word choice)
Of course you want to know what it costs. Of course rates vary! It depends on what you want, what shape the manuscript is already in, and how long it is.
I’d ask you for a short sample of your writing (around five pages), which I’d mark up and send back to you, free of charge. At that point, if you think I’d be useful, we’ll discuss the project and I’ll propose a fee. I prefer to agree on a set fee rather than charge by the word, page, or hour (“I should add another three pages — but I’m not sure I can afford to!”). The set fee covers an agreed-upon number of entire drafts, and as many back-and-forths on smaller sections as it takes.
I’m not the cheapest, but I’m not the most expensive. The most important consideration is whether we work well together. Do the personalities/communication styles fit? Can I help your manuscript be its best? That’s what you need to decide. References available upon request.
If you’d like to inquire about a possible job, reply to this post with a “comment.” The comment will not show up on the site, but I will get it. Leave your email, and I’ll get back to you with mine.
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