Editing & Author Coaching

I have helped clients polish and perfect innumerable projects: both fiction and nonfiction works, query letters, articles, dissertations, and book proposals. (Yes, I have a concrete opinion on the Oxford comma.) I would be very happy to assist you with your writing projects and publishing pursuits.

Follow this link for a short list of endorsements.

Editing Services

As a full service freelance editor, I offer more than just proofreading. I work hard with my clients to mold their projects and make them the very best writers they can be.

My services include, but are not limited to:

  • checking spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • spotlighting the strengths and weakness in concept or story
  • character development and dialog
  • clarity of message
  • voice consistency
  • point-of-view
  • manuscript formatting
  • flow, accuracy and presentation

Introductory Rates: With all new clients, I charge a flat fee of $60 for the first five pages. This is a “dating” round for both of us. It gives clients a taste of how I work, and I get to sample their projects. We both get a quick glimpse without any major financial or time commitments.

There is, however, a greater reason for this introduction. Most problems present in the first few pages continue throughout the entire manuscript. After I highlight these issues, clients may decide to apply my notes to the rest of the manuscript independently. Others will see the value in my input and choose to continue with detailed one-on-one coaching for the remaining manuscript.

Manuscript Rates: I charge $0.02 per word. You can check your project’s word count in any word processing or writing program. We will confirm this number before any changes are made to the manuscript and, with a little math, settle on a total project price.

A few notes: If your project is less than five pages, the initial fee remains $60. For returning clients, I waive the initial five-page fee on all additional projects.

Below are some of the published books by current and past editing clients.

Author Coaching

For those writers new to publication, I offer author coaching. These are casual yet directed conversations toward initial and next steps. Basically, I answer questions and direct clients toward effective decision making. These sessions often happen by phone or skype and may include any of the following discussions:

  • How does one get published?
  • Do I need a literary agent? What do they do?
  • What’s the difference between traditional publishing, self-publishing and subsidy publishing?
  • What is a platform? How do I build one?
  • What role does social media play in marketing and publication?
  • Why do I need an editor?
  • Where do I find readers? Do I need a blog? How do I start one?
  • How much will all this cost?
  • How long will it take?

Author coaching is not editing. It does not include any specific evaluation of manuscripts. Rather, it tackles the business side and procedures of publication rather than the craft of writing.

Author Coaching Rates: Coaching rates vary by project, client and mode of communication. I offer a free 20-minute consultation for new clients. After that I charge $30 per hour.

Email me for more information. You can also fill out the contact form below.

 

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