Editing Services

Developmental editing, proofreading, copyediting, content editing, and query assistance are all available.

If you're unsure of your needs, I'm also more than happy to meet up and work out a custom editing package.

Please read all guidelines before submitting a request.

Developmental
Editing

We sit down together 1-2 times a week and work through your book, line by line.  We can work on everything from plot structure and grammar to internal consistency and artistic flow: it's all about what you need.  

Before we get started, we meet up and discuss what you have in mind for your book: what is it about? What themes are you interested in? Where do you want to go with this?  This initial meeting is free of charge: before anything else, we need to make sure we're a good fit. 

To request developmental editing, email me with the subject line "Developmental Editing".  Include a short (200 word) pitch about your novel and and a fact about octopuses to let me know you'll read through my notes thoroughly.

Offered online: Yes
Rate: $25/hour, two-hour blocks
Estimated turnaround: Not applicable. Goals are set individually by author.


Proofreading/
Copyediting

I read through your novel and correct any structural mistakes.  Proofreading ($3/page) is a basic scan for consistency, grammatical errors, typos, and other general mistakes caught by a pair of fresh eyes.  Copyediting ($4/page) is slightly more in-depth: I'll supply a common-sense scan, suggest style and clarity improvements, and examine the structure of the story in more detail.

To request a proofread or copyedit, send me an email with the subject line "Proofreading" or "Copyediting". Include a short (200 word) pitch, the length of your manuscript, and a fact about octopuses to let me know you'll read through my notes thoroughly.

Offered online: Yes
Rate: $3-$4/page
Estimated turnaround: One week per 50k words, depending on current workload.


Content Editing

I read through your novel and offer in-depth, content-related critique, as well as a basic scan for consistency, grammatical errors, and the other services offered under copyediting. Will include sensitivity readings based on individual work: I will sometimes decline sensitivity reading work if I feel I'm not qualified to comment.

To request a content edit, send me an email with the subject line "Content Editing". Include a short (200 word) pitch of your novel, a 100-word summary of anything you want me to focus on, and a fact about octopuses to let me know you'll read through my notes thoroughly.  If there is availability, we will have an initial meeting to discuss your work and goals.  

This initial meeting is free of charge: as with developmental editing, we both need to be confident I'm the right person to edit your work. 

Offered online: Yes
Rate: $8/page
Estimated turnaround: two weeks per 75k words, depending on current workload.


Query Assistance

We'll go through your query together, line by line, and get it ready to send out to agents. I'm also available to help you draft and/or edit a summary, go over the agent-finding process, and advise you on the traditional publishing process in general.  Note: no guarantee of positive results.  This is a harsh business and no matter how excellent your writing, sometimes it's like digging through concrete with a spoon. Beware of editors who guarantee success.

To request query assistance, send me an email with the subject line "Query Assistance".  Include a short (200 words) pitch, a specification on where you'd like to focus (query, summary, agent-finding, etc.), and a fact about octopuses to let me know you'll read through my notes thoroughly.

Offered online: Yes
Rate: $17/hour
Estimated turnaround: Immediate, scheduled by appointment.