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SAMPLE CHAPTERS, MANUSCRIPT EVALUATIONS AND BETA READS

In addition to comprehensive editing services, I offer a variety of sample and overview packages geared toward different stages of your book’s timeline. Early feedback can be vital to keeping you focused and on track, while feedback later in your process can tighten and polish your book. If you’ve never worked with an editor before and are unsure about the process, these packages are a great way to evaluate the type of feedback an editor provides so you can determine if my services are right for you.

If you select me for full manuscript services after purchasing a sample chapter, I will deduct the cost of the sample chapter from your total. If you select me for full manuscript services after purchasing a manuscript evaluation or beta read, a percentage of the cost of the manuscript evaluation or beta read will be deducted from your total.

 

SAMPLE CHAPTER (developmental editing, line editing, copy editing and proofreading for fiction and nonfiction)

With this package, you can get a taste of every type of editing, or you can ask me to focus only on the kind of editing you’re interested in hiring me for. This can help you figure out the kind of editing you need, and it can help us decide if we’re a good match.

If you would like developmental and/or line editing, I’ll focus on things like structure, characterization, voice, style, dialogue, setting, prose and pacing. This can help you spot issues you need to work on, plus it’s a great way to show you how we might work together creatively.

If you would like copy editing/proofreading, I will correct grammar and punctuation, catch typos, and ensure style and content consistency.

Note: I will gladly provide a sample of each kind of editing with this package. That said, I don’t advise using the same editor for developmental/line editing and copy editing/proofreading when it’s time to edit your full book. See my general information page for more details.

What you get
A written summary (up to 2 pages) detailing the reasons behind my edits/advice
Two versions of your book page edits (Track Changes and clean)
Email follow-up for questions

What you don’t get
Detailed plot/theme/character feedback (since I won’t see your whole book)

Price: $25 for up to 2,000 words
The cost of the sample chapter edit will be deducted from your total if you select me for full manuscript editing services.

Note: I prefer a sample chapter from the middle of your book.

 

MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION (fiction and nonfiction)

Also called a manuscript assessment or critique, this service provides big-picture feedback on your full manuscript. This is a great way to get objective and expert feedback on your narrative structure, premise, characters, themes, plot, subplots, voice, prose, setting, pacing, writing style and more. I will tell you where I think your strengths and weaknesses are, what’s working well, and what needs more work. I can also flag potential problems, such as insensitive language and clichés, and give you some insight as to what readers are looking for from your kind of book. I will do this all respectfully, while honoring your voice and vision.

A manuscript evaluation will help you assess your editing needs, and it may help you reduce your editing costs by pinpointing issues you can tackle yourself. Full manuscript evaluations can be performed earlier (before editing, to assess what the manuscript needs and reduce your editing costs) or later (after editing, if you want to get a second opinion on how the book is coming together before finalizing your manuscript).

My goal is to leave you energized, with clear direction moving forward. You’re the expert on your story, but every author loses objectivity after a while. I’m here to help you regain that objectivity so that you can make your book the best it can be. With my feedback, you can self-edit before hiring a developmental editor, or, if you’ve already had your manuscript edited, you can see if further editing is needed.

What you get
A written summary (up to 12 pages) detailing my thoughts and general recommendations for your book 
Email follow-up for questions

What you don’t get
Edits to your manuscript
Detailed developmental/line editing or suggested fixes
Detailed copy editing/proofreading feedback

Price: $0.008 per word
A percentage of the manuscript evaluation cost will be deducted from your total if you select me for full manuscript editing services.

 

BETA READ (fiction and nonfiction) 

This is like a light version of a manuscript evaluation (see above), performed with the reader foremost in mind. I encourage you to find a number of free beta readers first (family, friends, other authors who are willing to swap manuscripts with you), but it can be difficult to get objective or expert editorial feedback from these sources. I can offer that missing feedback.

Beta reads can be performed earlier (before editing, to assess what the manuscript needs and see what you can do to reduce your editing costs) or later (after editing, if you want to get a second opinion and see if your book needs a little more refining). I’ll point out what strikes me (positively or negatively) and give you a sense of how readers may receive your manuscript as it currently stands. I can also flag potential problems, such as insensitive language and clichés, and give you insight as to what readers are looking for from your kind of book. I won’t go into a lot of detail, but this is a great way to “take the temperature” of your manuscript.

What you get
A written summary (up to 6 pages) detailing my thoughts on your book
Email follow-up for questions

What you don’t get
Edits to your manuscript
Detailed editorial feedback and suggested fixes
Detailed copy editing/proofreading feedback

Price: $0.004 per word
A percentage of the beta read cost will be deducted from your total if you select me for full manuscript editing services.

Overview

Below you can find a detailed breakdown of my developmental editing, line editing, copy editing and proofreading rates and services.

In the left column of this page you can find a detailed breakdown of my sample chapter, manuscript evaluation and beta read rates and services.

Click here to see my general policies and other information.

 

Types of editing

Developmental editing is about substance: tightening your story/plot; reorganizing your narrative structure; enhancing characterization, action, atmosphere, themes and pacing, etc.

Line editing is about style: polishing prose; checking for consistent character voices; rewording clunky sentences to be more elegant, evocative or aligned with the feel of the story; varying sentence length to keep the reader engaged, etc.

Copy editing/proofreading is about polish: ensuring correct sentence structure/grammar (as appropriate); adhering to a style guide (internal or official); checking content consistency (e.g., is character A’s car blue at the start of the book and silver at the end, with no explanation?); fixing punctuation and errors, etc. 

 

Full manuscript editing services

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING (fiction and nonfiction)

You’ve poured your heart and soul into your work—not to mention countless hours. Now it’s time for a fresh pair of eyes and an impartial review to analyze how well your book comes together. Are there plot holes? Character inconsistencies? Confusion? Clichés? I’ll take an objective look at your story, plot, characters and themes. I’ll flag problems and suggest solutions. I’ll tell you what’s great and what could use work. Whether you need to develop your characters more, tweak a plot, restructure chapters or shift perspective, I’ll help you strengthen your story.

What you get
Full manuscript analysis and guidance on your plot, structure, storytelling, themes and characters
A written summary detailing the reasons behind my edits/advice
Two versions of your book page edits (Track Changes and clean)
Email follow-up for questions

What you don’t get
Line editing, copy editing/proofreading

Price: $.03 per word 

 

LINE EDITING (fiction and nonfiction)

Small changes count. Going line by line, I’ll tighten your writing to make it shine and flow smoothly. I’ll untangle confusing paragraphs and sentences, remove needless word padding, fix awkward dialogue and much more. I’ll tweak and polish your prose as needed to ensure that YOUR voice is coming through the way you intend.

What you get
Full manuscript analysis and guidance on dialogue, narration, characters and prose at the paragraph level
A written summary detailing the reasons behind my edits/advice
Two versions of your book page edits (Track Changes and clean)
Email follow-up for questions

What you don’t get
Developmental editing, copy editing/proofreading

Price: $.03 per word 

 

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING + LINE EDITING (fiction and nonfiction)

Many authors seek both developmental editing and line editing. I can perform both types of editing at once on your manuscript for a discounted rate.

What you get
Full manuscript analysis and guidance on your plot, structure, storytelling, themes and characters
Full manuscript analysis and guidance on dialogue, narration, characters and prose at the paragraph level
A written summary detailing the reasons behind my edits/advice
Two versions of your book page edits (Track Changes and clean)
Email follow-up for questions

What you don’t get
Copy editing/proofreading

Price: $.048 per word
(You’ll save money over purchasing these services individually.)

 

COPY EDITING/PROOFREADING (fiction and nonfiction)

Copy editing rechecks your work at the sentence level, and proofreading takes it down to the word level. They are the final steps in preparing your manuscript for layout/formatting and publication, and take place after you have addressed issues uncovered in a developmental edit and/or a line edit. 

If your book has already been edited by someone else (see left), I can copy edit and proofread it to catch grammatical and spelling errors, inconsistencies (e.g., calling a character by the wrong name) and problems such as misplaced or omitted words. I can also ensure adherence to a style guide of your choice or suggest one. 

What you get 
Full manuscript edit to address final issues with grammar, punctuation and spelling, as well as a final consistency check
Two versions of your book page edits (Track Changes and clean)
Email follow-up for questions

What you don’t get 
Developmental editing, line editing
Written summary

Price: $.012 per word