What types of manuscripts do you want?
Adult fiction. I can work with short stories, novellas, and novels. Novels over 100k words take longer to edit and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. I prefer the following genres/sub-genres listed below (in no particular order):
- “Upmarket” fiction–these stories don’t always fit inside a single genre and can be literary in tone.
- Erotic Romance
- Historical (depending on the era and subject matter)
- Nonfiction (depending on subject)
- Literary fiction – not to be confused with “experimental literary fiction.”*
*NOTE: Writing a novel completely in lower-case and without punctuation does not make it “literary.” I believe there is a difference between writing style and writing bull. If I cannot follow your writing, let alone your “style,” I cannot help you.
I prefer not to edit and therefore do not plan to accept:
- Stories featuring women who are TSTL (too stupid to live) and/or have the word “Welcome” tattooed between their shoulder blades.
- Writing containing cruelty to animals
- Inspirational/spiritual/religious writing
- Textbooks or technical writing
- Business writing
- Politically-charged writing
- Experimental literary fiction* (see Note above)
- Writing that glorifies hate, intolerance, or ignorance.
The Editorial Freelancers Association has a searchable database full of editors, and you can find one who specializes in your genre/topic. You may even find an editor who lives in your area.
Why can’t I just send my work in for you to edit?
I will be spending a good deal of time over your manuscript. I will be reading your manuscript more than once. It is only fair that I should enjoy what I am reading.
Not only that, but different genres have different conventions in style, and you are best served by an editor who is familiar with those conventions.
Also, I reserve the right to refuse a manuscript if it is so poorly written and constructed that I cannot read it or follow the plot. Many people believe that just because they have finished writing a manuscript that it is ready for publication.
By the time you approach me (or any editor) to professionally edit your manuscript, you should self-edit as much as you can before seeking additional help. I discourage writers from seeking professional editing help after writing their first draft. After you are satisfied that you have polished your manuscript to the best of your ability, then you should hire an editor.
What do I get with your service?
- An editor with over 20 years of experience
- A detailed report and notes covering the points mentioned on my Editing Services page
- Up to three (3) additional passes (read-throughs) after you incorporate the edits into your manuscript. This does not apply if the manuscript requires major rewrites.*
*In my experience it takes 3-4 passes (on average) to get the manuscript ready for proofreading. Sometimes more, sometimes less.
What are your rates?
Rates depend on the service chosen and are calculated based on word count, not page count. Manuscripts 100,000 words or longer take longer to edit and will be charged a premium starting at 25% and increasing every 5,000 words.
Please contact me for a quote customized to your needs.
Aren’t your rates a bit steep?
If you think my rates are too steep, then please do shop around, but take a look at my Testimonials page. My rates reflect my education and experience. Paying too little for professional editing can be just as bad as paying too much if the final result is inadequate.
People who select my service are looking for more than a casual read and a simple “I like it” response. You can get praise for free. People who choose me want honest critique from someone who can help polish their manuscript, give them detailed analysis, and professional advice.
Do you provide a sample edit?
I can provide a sample edit of up to five consecutive pages or 3,000 words, whichever is less.
The pages can come from anywhere in the manuscript and should be an honest reflection of the condition of the rest of the manuscript. There is no point sending in a sample that is error free.
Why should I pay for editing?
When a publisher accepts my manuscript,
their editor will do all that.
Contrary to popular belief, most house editors do not have the time to edit a manuscript to this extent prior to publication. In fact, if your manuscript is in a very rough condition, chances are very high that it will be rejected.
It is the manuscript that needs the least amount of editorial work from the start that makes it attractive to the editor/agent/publisher.
If I pay you, am I guaranteed to find a publisher and get published?
No. Not unless you intend to self publish. I cannot guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted by an agent, editor, or publisher because there are many factors involved when it comes to accepting or rejecting a manuscript.
Nor can I guarantee you that your manuscript won’t face additional editing after acceptance. Every publishing house has its own particular style (e.g. house style) and preferences they choose to follow. My goal is to help you put your best work forward so that the agent or acquiring editor is more likely to accept your work.
However, if you read my Testimonials, I am confident that I can help improve your work and improve its chance of getting accepted for publication.
Why should I bother with all the grammar and punctuation rules? I just want to write stories. That is why I’m paying you to be my editor.
That is your job.
Actually, my “job” as editor is to edit, not teach you how to write. That is the job for a writing instructor or writing coach. I can provide this service, if this is what you need. Contact me for details. However, the more you work with an editor, chances are that you will learn more about your writing and about writing in general.
The editing process is not a substitute for learning how to write. If you are seeking publication and want people to buy your work, you must take the time and effort to learn the craft of writing. I will only work with people who are serious about their writing whose goal is to self publish or to get traditionally published.
On the other hand, if you just want to write and not worry about editing at all, I suggest you hire a ghostwriter to do the hard work for you. I have contacts of ghostwriters who may be able to help you.
I am interested in acquiring your services.
What should I do?
Contact me by email with EDITING QUERY in the subject line. In your message, tell me the following about your manuscript:
- Is it genre, literary fiction, or nonfiction and what subgenre or topic.
- Final word count (at time of submission).
- Do you have a synopsis or chapter outline?
- Do you need help editing/writing a synopsis?
- List your primary concerns with regard to your manuscript. What do you need help with improving?