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Please take a moment to read the descriptions for the freelance editing services I offer as well as explore some of the links to examples of my work and professional experience. If you are still undecided, I will gladly complete a free sample. I look forward to hearing from you!
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My Editing Approach
It’s my goal to fuel your writing passion by delivering constructive criticism aimed at nurturing growth. Each manuscript receives multiple passes. As a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Idaho Editors Association, I consistently strive to increase my knowledge base and maintain an exemplary level of professionalism.
I welcome fiction and creative nonfiction in all genres and follow standards set forth in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition and Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. I can also tackle select technical subjects and academic writing according to MLA or APA format. I am familiar with AP format as well. I am here to encourage you with an objective eye because we all know it’s difficult for a writer to maintain distance from their manuscript.
Please visit my Amazon Storefront for interior examples of published projects I have edited:
Reader Report: A 3-5 page single-spaced report addresses big picture strengths and weaknesses present in the story regarding basic elements of successful storytelling. Some suggestions for revision are included as well as a follow-up consultation. No comments are made within the manuscript. Please allow two weeks for completion of an 80,000-word manuscript. This is a great option for the most budget conscious of writers. I pack a lot of feedback into my concise report. (Reader Report Sample)
Manuscript Critique: Whole passages or scenes may need reworking, but the overall story is sound and has already undergone some revisions. Issues with characterization, conflict/tension, description, inconsistencies, pacing, passive writing, plot, point of view, scene development, and showing vs. telling are noted in the margins using comment bubbles to note strengths and weaknesses. Consistent grammatical errors will be noted as a common courtesy, but not corrected repeatedly. A written evaluation is also included. Please allow one month for completion of an 80,000-word manuscript. (Critique Sample)
Copy/Line Edit: Sentences and paragraphs may require reworking rather than whole pages or scenes. Awkward phrasing, syntax issues (sentence variety and structure), repetition, showing vs. telling, best word choices, passive verb elimination, suitable dialogue, cliches, anachronisms, chapter breaks, timeline consistency, and more are addressed. Minor fact checking as well as potential copyright issues are also covered. Be advised some small errors will inevitably slip through, but I do pride myself in returning remarkably clean copy. A manuscript style sheet and overview letter is also included. Please allow one month for completion of an 80,000 word manuscript. (Copy Editing Sample) (Style Sheet Sample)
Proofread: Basic errors corrected regarding spelling, grammar, and punctuation. There is no restructuring or re-writing of sentences for clarity. However, this entails much more than merely running the document through spell check. A style sheet can be requested for an additional fee. Please allow two weeks for completion of an 80,000-word manuscript. (Proofreading Sample)
Additional Freelance Editing Services: I can format interior layouts for print and ebooks (see examples) with a two-week turnaround time on each type. I also offer assistance on query letters and book synopses with a one-week turnaround time. One revision can be submitted for additional feedback. If you want to make a solid impression with an important blog post, consider a critique and copy edit combo.
Payment and Discounts
Payments: I charge a flat fee per word, which means no billing surprises if my time estimate is off. A detailed contract (see example) will be negotiated before the first invoice is sent via PayPal in US Dollars. In general, 50% of the fee is due upfront, with the other half due upon completion. Manuscripts will not be returned until payment has been received in full. Projects less than $100 must be paid in full at the start of the project. Projects of a more technical nature will require higher fees and a longer turnaround time.
- Deposits: A non-refundable $75 deposit is required to secure an editing spot on my calendar when my calendar is full. This fee will be forfeited in the event the author needs to change their manuscript submission date.
- Client Discounts: In the event of a related follow-up service, such as a second manuscript critique after the author has implemented numerous revisions, a 5% discount will be given.
- Rush Jobs: I do not take on rush jobs. Good work takes time.
Professional Experience and Client Testimonials
Please see my LinkedIn Profile for client recommendations and skills overview. My biography also contains additional information related to my professional experience and educational background. Various client testimonials can also help further assure you of the quality of my work.
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