Frequently Asked Questions

What genres do you specialize in?

The bulk of my work is romance and women's fiction. I'm interested in branching out into cozy mystery and other non-stressful genres.  I don't do horror, suspense, sci-fi, dystopian, YA, or fantasy.

What are the rates of your services?

The rates listed on the website are general guidelines. After seeing your manuscript and working on a sample edit, I will be better able to determine the level of editing needed to get your story ready for publishing and give you a firm quote. To give you a general idea, most fiction line edits run between $400-$900. It will be on the high end if you are a first-time author who needs a lot of work, or you write 100,000 words. It will be on the lower end if you only write 50,000 words, and you're a pretty clean writer. If you run the calculation and think it's going to be fifteen thousand dollars, check your decimal places. I have had my shorts chewed more than once because someone couldn't run their calculator...

What if I find an error after I've been edited?

You absolutely will. Especially if your edit was at a line level. There are still revisions you will make after a line edit, and editing, especially of fiction, is very subjective. The industry standard is a 95% "catch rate" for copy editing, which is best done separately from, and after, a line edit. Many indie authors will reject a second round of editing, though, and opt for a combined line/copy edit, which leaves a lot more room for errors to slip through, or be introduced when revising. A traditionally published book goes through MULTIPLE editors, who all find something that the previous one missed. To expect perfection on a single pass by one editor is unrealistic. 

What is included in your editorial report?

My comprehensive editorial report is a 20+ page reference guide that more thoroughly explains why I made the editing choices I did for your manuscript. Using this report  helps keep comments in the manuscript from being overwhelming, and keeps them in a more accessible format for future reference. I note things like opportunities to bring the reader in closer (narrative distance), list pet phrases/words that you need to watch for overuse, and educate on any consistent grammar or technical errors I come across.  Each topic has an explanation, a self-editing tip, and an example from your manuscript along with my edited version for comparison, so that you can learn to recognize your own habits and apply these techniques to future writing. My authors all say this report is worth its weight in gold.