Book Editing Services
I edit novels, short stories and memoir. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I offer a sample of the first 1,000 words for $20 to see if we're a fit. That money will go towards the total if we work together. If we don't work together, all you pay is the $20.
The "Dev Edit" is my specialty. It zooms the camera out and makes sure your manuscript is ready to go. This edit looks at the following and usually takes 1-3 weeks depending on length and my work load:
story and character arc
conflict and tension
The point of the dev edit is to address the major story problems so that your novel or memoir can shine, becoming the best version of itself. Questions to consider: Does the book hook the reader in right away? Do we care enough to follow your protaginist for 300 pages? Is the pace working? Is there a beginning, middle and end? Is it story or anecdote? Do the characters feel real? Is there an ARC?
The dev edit includes marks on the page and a roughly 5-10 page editorial letter explaining my findings and offering concrete suggestions for improvement.
Price: 5 cents/word
Manuscript evaluation is an overall evaluation of a manuscript’s strong and weak points in the areas of storytelling, writing skill, and salability. This is similar to the developmental edit but strictly for evaluation. This involves reading the entire manuscript, making light general notes, and writing my conclusive findings in a 5-10 page letter to the client. Basically it's a less detailed dev edit.
Price: 4 cents/word
Agent Query Letters
I will walk you through the very key process of penning your query letter, which is your first professional handshake with an agent. Increase your chances of making it through the literary gate. Working as an agent’s assistant, I was able to see why writers get rejected, and how to best avoid that easy pitfall. I work collaboratively with the author to craft that perfect letter, showing an agent you know what you’re doing.
For a fee to be discussed between us, I might potentially be interested (depending on my schedule) in certain writing projects, including ghostwriting, blogging, and writing-coaching. Please email me and we can discuss the potential possibilities. Generally I charge $70/hr.
*Price to be negotiated for ghostwriting and other projects