Editing Services

What can I do for you?

My experience includes editing romance, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, YA, and even zombie apocalypse novels. Are you writing something else? Great! I love a great story with memorable characters. Do you need your book formatted or looking for that perfect cover? I can help with that as well. If you’re looking for high quality and affordable rates, you’ve come to the right place. At Input, I’ll give you the attention and personal service you’ll come to expect and enjoy.

Services

Content editing (also called Developmental or Substantive Editing)

With this type of editing, I am looking at plot, characterization, story arc, continuity, pacing, and writing technique. This is the big picture edit looking for developmental issues in the manuscript. I will provide feedback within the manuscript via MS Word’s Track Changes. Additionally, my Editing Report will furnish detailed explanations along with the strengths and weaknesses of the novel.

 

Copy Editing (also called Line Editing)

This editing will look at elements such as scene structure, character development, POV, dialogue, writing tics, continuity, and wordiness or confusing sentences. Consider this a small picture edit to identify issues not rewrite major sections of the novel. I will make comments and corrections in MS Track Changes for your review. The Editing Report will contained detailed explanations and an overall review of the major elements of the novel’s strengths and weaknesses.

 

Proofreading (also called Copy Editing)

This is the final step of editing to provide a clean manuscript for publishing. This review looks for spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, continuity, flow, factual accuracy, formatting and any possibly copyright or trademark infringements. Corrections will be made in MS Track Changes for your approval or rejection.

 

What can I expect?

I believe that the editing process is a coaching relationship. Through comments and highlighting areas to review, the author can learn and recognize patterns in their writing. For example if I find “tics” or repetitive words, I will highlight them throughout the manuscript for you to decide how to address the problem. This will strengthen your writing for future novels.

 

For a thorough edit, I will read your manuscript three complete times. I rely on the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary 11th Edition for corrections.

 

Turnaround times are dependent on my current workload, however, most manuscripts are returned within 10 – 14 days. The actual date will be specified in our written contract outlining the expectations and services provided.

How much does it cost?

This is usually the first question I receive. You’ll find that my competitive prices are below the industry averages while maintaining a high quality of service. The best way for me to give you an accurate quote is for us to have a conversation and take a quick look at a sample of your project. I love books and my mission is to help authors publish their works. Please inquire about payment plans; I’d like to work with you.

 

 

There are also other ways to save on your editing services.

 

  • Thank you for choosing me to edit your novel. In appreciation, I will give you a 20% discount for your subsequent edits.

 

  • Do you know other authors? Receive 10% off content or copy edits for every author who completes a content or copy edit with me. If 10 authors hire me, then your next edit is free!

 

  • Military members and their family receive a 15% discount on editing. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

 

  • Do you run a website, newsletter, or organization that is for the writing community? Ask me about bartering.