My editing experience includes
~ NOVELS, primarily mysteries, women’s fiction and literary
~ MEMOIR and CREATIVE NON-FICTION
~ SHORT STORIES in all genres
~ YOUNG ADULT and JUVENILE stories
~ ARTIST STATEMENTS and LITERARY GRANT applications.
I do not edit picture books, erotica or Christian fiction. Stories depicting graphic violence may require a conversation.
HOW IT WORKS
Most of my editorial work is considered content or development editing. A story that comes to me for editing will be critiqued for both strengths and weaknesses. First off, I want to hear the author’s intent so that I can read with that in mind. What is the author trying to say with this story? What is he or she trying to accomplish? I ask these questions so that both the author and I can work toward making the story as strong as possible.
In practical terms, I work electronically (by email), although I can edit a paper copy if a situation requires it. I critique on all aspects of the story—plot, character, voice, theme, setting. I will let you know what is working, and what needs shoring up or changing. I generally toss out multiple suggestions when I see a problem, and it is up to the author to make changes or not to make changes.
As I read, I make edits and comments on the manuscript using Track Changes. When I’ve finished the edit, I return it to the author with a long, explanatory email. A follow-up exchange of emails for questions and clarifications is expected. Basically, I communicate with the author until we are both satisfied with the critique.
With new clients, I often suggest they send a short story or a novel partial (first three chapters) first, to make sure we click before either of us commits to a full manuscript contract.
My turnaround time varies, depending on my schedule; once I start a project, it’s generally a few days for a short story; a week to ten days for a partial; two weeks to a month for a novel, depending on length.
for SHORT STORIES and short works
$50 for a story up to 20 manuscript pages, plus $1.00 per page beyond that.
for NOVELS or FULL LENGTH MANUSCRIPTS
For longer works, my fees currently range from $2.50-$3.00 per manuscript page (not physical pages). A standard manuscript page holds 250 words. I determine the number of chargeable pages in a manuscript by dividing overall word count by 250.
This “package” includes the first 12,000 words (about 50 pages) of a manuscript, plus an outline or synopsis, for an an intensive edit/brainstorm. The charge is $150. For a work-in-progress or an early draft, the goal is to insure that the major elements are working and the opening has the necessary hook to draw readers. For a completed draft, this is to polish the pages before submitting to an agent or editor.
Note: If an author comes back to me to edit the rest of the manuscript, I charge a reduced rate to re-read the revised pages.
Please submit work in standard manuscript format: 12 point font, Times New Roman or Courier, double-spaced, one inch margins all around, left justified, paragraph indent, no space between paragraphs.
RETREATS and WORKSHOPS
I teach workshops/classes on many aspects of writing, online and in person.I am also happy to lead writers’ retreats.
FEES for workshops, conference appearances and retreats are negotiable. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.