EDITING SERVICES

After months of staring at the same words, it’s easy to miss things. Agents, publishers, and readers are all quick to dismiss books with sloppy prose and bad grammar. Don’t worry. Regardless of your path to publication, we can help prepare you for the journey.

We also have special discounts for our Novel Publicity authors when it comes to booking any of the services with our sister businesses:  The Author Site, LitRing, and Melissa Storm's Author Engine. To learn more about our slide-over services, click here.


LINE EDITING / DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING  / MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE / PROOFREADING / BLURB & SYNOPSIS WRITING


Line Editing

Includes the following:

  • Identifying and addressing story flow, glaring plot holes, keeping character voices intact throughout, etc.
  • Suggestions to sentence structure and word choice

Cost: Our line-editing services start at $3.25 per page and may range up to $5 per page, depending on the depth of work needed. The industry standard for one manuscript page is 250 words, which means that we divide your total word count by 250 to determine your official page count. We will give you an exact quote upon review of your manuscript. If the revision process results in an increased word count, we will charge $5 per each 250 words extra and not accounted for in the initial quote.


Developmental Editing

Includes the following:

  • Analyze manuscript content to suggest and implement structure changes
    • Identify plot holes, theme, premise, symbolism, tension, pacing, character development (motivation, inconsistencies, etc), inconsistent dialogue or tone, etc.
  • Recommend solutions to identified problems
    • Examples: Plot improvements, structural analysis, dialogue or action or description/prose needed to further the story.

Cost coming soon!


Plot Consultation

Have a story idea or an interesting character you’d like to explore, but unsure where to where to go from there? I’ll help you flesh out your idea into an outline.

Cost: $100


Manuscript Critique

The total project must be a minimum of 60,000 words to provide you with enough feedback to make larger changes. The editing critique I will send back of your selected manuscript section will be up to 10,000 words and provide a thorough review of the developmental issues, suggestions for solutions on how to fix the developmental issues, comments on plot weaknesses or holes if found, and a recommendation for the level of editing you need.

$325 per 10,000 words


Outline Critique

After two decades in the media and literary world, I have a handle on story structure. Hand over your book’s outline and I’ll help you strengthen your character and story arc.

Cost $75


Proofreading

Our proofreading service includes a read through entire story and note any issues, using track changes in Microsoft Word, with grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Note any typos or wrong words used (i.e. peak instead of peek or their instead of there). Note anything else that may have been missed previously during editing.

Proofreading services for ebooks are $0.0025 per word or $2.50 per 1000 words. A 50k word novel would cost $125. 


Proof-listening for Audio

Our audiobook proofreading service includes listening to mp3 files of each chapter (preferred) while following along with word document (doc or pdf). Any errors (narration doesn't match what's written or omits something) can be noted in an Excel spreadsheet or as comments in the document.

Proofreading services for audio books are $15 per hour. Most 25k word novels take 2-3 hours max. 


Synopsis Writing

The only way to truly know a book is to read it. Due to this, the synopsis writing service is only available as an add-on to an editing project.

$320 for up to 500 words, including unlimited revisions


Book Blurb Makeover

Do you have an amazing cover and a well-crafted story, but still your books aren’t selling? Maybe it’s the blurb. Many authors forget that the blurb is sales copy and not a plot summary. Let me polish that summary and help you make some sales with a blurb make over.

Cost $50