Line Editing and Copyediting
Line editing polishes your writing to enhance your story and your voice. The goal of a line edit is to make your writing as crisp, effective, and pleasurable to read as possible. Line editing assesses sentence-level concerns like clarity, word choice, sentence structure, wordiness, repetition and redundancy, and flow.
Copyediting, meanwhile, evaluates grammar, spelling, punctuation, consistency, and capitalization (among many other things).
The best stories are written in clean, effective, grammatically correct prose. Consequently, a combined line and copyedit is the best way to ensure your manuscript shines.
Standalone line editing services include one round of editing, while combined line and copyediting services include two distinct rounds of editing.
All editing services include:
Line-by-line revisions and comments made with Microsoft Word track changes.
An editorial letter that offers overall impressions of the project, outlines the in-text revisions, and provides a curated list of resources to help you address the revisions.
A style sheet outlining your preferred editorial choices (copyedit only).
Clear communication throughout the process.
A thirty-minute call to discuss the suggested revisions and answer any questions you have once I've returned your manuscript.
The fee for standalone line editing starts at $18 per 1,000 words.
The fee for combined line and copyediting starts at $25 per 1,000 words.
Need a professional editor's perspective without the professional price tag?
This service offers an evaluation of your manuscript as a whole, including story-level concerns like plot, characterization, and pacing as well as sentence-level concerns like repetitive phrasing, wordiness, and showing versus telling.
You will receive an editorial letter outlining what is going well, what could be improved, and which next steps make sense.
Note: Though you will receive some in-text commentary, this service does not include line-by-line editing.
The fee for this service starts at $6 per 1,000 words.
Time Management Coaching
Even the most motivated authors face flagging motivation and time management challenges on occasion. (I make the desk-to-kitchen journey when I’m stuck too!) During a coaching session, we will discuss your goals, your timeline, and the challenges you’re facing, and create action steps to help you stay focused and productive.
Coaching sessions can be held on Google Meet or by phone, depending upon your preference.
The fee for a one-hour coaching session includes a written summary of our discussion so that you don’t have to scramble to take notes.
The fee for this service is $120 per hour. (Note: It generally takes just a session or two to give you a workable time management plan.)
If you're not ready for coaching but could use some time management strategies, click here for suggestions. If you have recommendations for topics I should cover on the blog, please feel free to submit them using the "contact me" button below. I'm happy to address them in a future post!
If you know you're ready to self-edit but aren't sure where to begin, or if you feel overwhelmed by the process of self-editing, consider revision coaching.
With this affordable, flat-fee service, I'll read and line edit the first 10,000 words of your manuscript, then we'll meet virtually for sixty minutes to discuss how you can continue editing on your own. During that meeting (and in comment boxes throughout the manuscript), I'll explain how I've edited and why I've made each recommendation, giving you tools and strategies to use as you self-edit the rest of the manuscript.
If you intend to hire an editor, revision coaching will lower your costs by improving the quality of your manuscript. If you don't, revision coaching will help you hone your editing skills and proceed with a plan.
This service will benefit your current manuscript as well as your future projects.
The fee for this service is $400.
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