For me, being an editor means polishing the words of my client.
Changing what an author intends is never my intention. Because I am an author too, I strive to connect to my clients in a way that creates a relationship. If I know my author in a personal way, I can get into their head and understand what they hope to convey with their words. When author and editor are simpatico, the words flow from the page in a pleasing way, helping the reader to delve into and connect with the story.
I typically work in a two-step process with the first edit encompassing mostly a substantive edit and the second edit fine-tuning and catching punctuation and spelling errors (line edits).
Genres I’ve edited: Clean romance, fantasy, historical fiction, women’s contemporary, YA, Christian nonfiction, Christian fiction (variety of genres)
I offer two types of editing (substantive/content and line edits) in my first pass. I point out any major issues with plot development, voice, point of view, character development, pace, as well as issues of grammar, punctuation and spelling using Word’s track changes feature. I recommend at least two passes of every novel simply to ensure you’ve seen all my original comments/changes and it comes out a clean book. I offer a sample edit to first-time clients (up to 2000 words). I utilize a contract that protects both parties and accept payments through PayPal. Turnaround time for a full-length novel is typically 30 days (but is usually less depending on my work load).
Query Letter/One Sheet Critique – $25 each (one page)
Your query letter or one sheet is the most important element in your proposal package. This letter is the first piece of writing an agent or publisher will see from you and it must be concise, compelling and grammatically correct.
I can provide a sample one sheet for you to follow and then will read your letter and provide suggestions for improvement.
IMPORTANT: Each agency’s requirements can differ so my one sheet example and critique will be a “basic” example. If you have an agent’s specific requirements, provide them to me prior to critique/edit.
Proposal Edit – $50 – $100 depending on length
Author blurbs and book descriptions – $25 each
Not quite sure how best to sell yourself or your work? Let me help. I’ve created descriptions that sell for everything from non-fiction to memoir. You just provide the details or book and I’ll give you the blurb that sells.
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Check out the Clients page for a list of my satisfied clients. Then complete the contact form below to start editing today.