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— Developmental Edit—

When I'm doing an edit, I take a look at the big picture of your story to make sure everything is working and lining up how it should. That means I'm taking into account the plot, the characters, the flow, and the pace (to name a few things). 

Once the read-through is completed, I build a custom report that goes into detail about problem areas of your story.

 

I'll help bring your story to the next level by leaving inline comments to show you exactly where things can be improved, rather than saying, "You should fix the plot holes." *waves hands in vague gestures*. That's not helpful.

In addition, you get a call before and after the edit that will help me get your vision for the book and allow us to discuss the suggested edits once completed.

 

 

Developmental Edit + Critique/Beta Read

 

This type of editing is the most extensive editing because it's reading the full novel, looking at the big-picture strengths and weaknesses of the story, and coming up with a plan, based on the vision you have for it, to make it a reality. Unlike other Dev Editors, however, I provide more in-depth feedback by also looking at it from a reader's point of view, which is crucial to having it land with your audience.

 

As mentioned above, I will be leaving inline comments where things need to be either be adjusted or removed, while at the same time looking at the following:

  • Does the plot flow well?

  • Are the characters active/ do they have motivations / are they exciting or vanilla?

  • Is there a conflict or goal to drive the story?

  • Are you info-dumping and slowing down the pace?

 

The inline comments will include reactions I have to the story as a reader, and if I think something is likely to hit home with your target audience. There will also be a Story Overview report that will vary in length based on the scope of your project and cover various categories that call attention to specific issues I found, notes, thoughts, and suggestions on how it might be improved.

 

Rates

My service rates are on average $.05 less than your standard developmental editor, who will typically charge between $.09 to $.12 per word for less detailed work than I provide. As I said, this is the most intensive editing out there, however, I believe it should also be affordable for people, which is why I charge less. I'm an author, too, and I want others to see their dreams come to life, but that won't happen if they're having to pay $4,500 for a 50k word project!

  • Rate: $400 for projects of 10,000 in length

  • Rate: $1,000 for projects of 25,000 in length*

  • Rate: $2,000 for projects of 50,000 words in length*

  • Rate: $3,000 for projects of 75,000 words in length*

  • Rate: $4,000 for projects of 100,000 in length*

  • Rate: $5,000 for projects of 125,000 in length*

 

"Okay, great," you might be thinking. "What if my project is between those?"

Easy, I give you a custom quote to fit your story. It's that simple.

*Payment plan available. $500 non-refundable deposit required (goes towards the total cost of the project) to secure your place.

Genres

 

I've always loved and connected with Fantasy and Science Fiction, so it's no wonder why I choose to specialize in both. While those are personal favorites of mine, I know how to help people across genres by learning about it (I don't charge for research as other editors do) and by knowing how to tell a story a damn good story. I know the elements and what to look for, so no matter what genre you're in, I can help you build it right.

 What I will edit/read:

Fiction - fantasy, science fiction, steampunk (or any punk), urban fantasy, superhero, dystopian, utopian, suspense, thriller, crime, clean romance, Christian fiction, some paranormal, and many others.

Non-fiction - accepted, but is limited to a client by client basis and what they are writing. 

 

What I will not edit/read:

Anything with sexually explicit or graphic sex scenes (doesn't matter what genre), horror, erotica, anything that praises abusive/toxic relationships, pedophilia, or incest.

NOTE: This is no an extensive list, so if you have questions about something in your book we can discuss it prior to starting the project.

 

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