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Quick Fiction Evaluation
This is a new service I'm just starting with! If you're a first-time writer, feel a little rusty, or are unsure about a new style, a quick evaluation might be just the thing for you. Send me a short, 2,500-word writing sample--including both an action/plot motion scene and a dialogue-heavy scene, if possible--and I will send you detailed, honest feedback on what your writing's strengths and weaknesses are. Strong dialogue? A murky throughline? Creative characterization? A weak sense of place? Lyrical prose? Grammar problems? 2.5k can tell me, and most editors and agents, a lot more about whether you're ready for publication than you might think.
The quick fiction evaluation is a one-time price of $25. But if you want (or need) wait for an occasional promotional sale on fic evals, keep an eye on my twitter feed!
You've finished your novel, and now you want to find out if it's any good--yes, your best friend thinks it's awesome, and yes, you do need to get somebody else's opinion too. During developmental, content, or substantive editing, I take a look at the overall shape of your plot and your characters and give you an honest dissection of the good and the bad. You will get your manuscript back with notes, and a lengthy editor's letter detailing what went right, what went wrong, and suggestions on how to improve.
Developmental editing starts at $25/hour and can generally run from 6 to 30 hours, depending on book length and how much editing is necessary. I am happy to discuss other pricing options--I want to be able to fit your real-life budget.
You're pretty solid about your plot and characters, but you want to make sure each scene's action flows and each line of dialogue makes sense. This is when you need line editing, which is a comprehensive review of the smaller-picture pieces of your manuscript. I can make suggested changes to each sentence that you will be able to accept or reject; or, I can add line-by-line critiques via comments on MS Word. Either way, line editing can take a manuscript from great to amazing.
Line editing starts at $30/hour, and each hour I may be able to finish from 1,000 to 10,000 words, depending on the manuscript. I am happy to discuss other pricing options--I want to be able to fit your real-life budget.
When you're just about ready to submit your manuscript to agents, publishers, CreateSpace or Smashwords, it's time for a final review of your apostrophes, em dashes, spelling, grammar, and usage. I will review every word of your novel, fix errors and query you on uncertainties, and create a stylesheet to record usage details specific to your manuscript. Then I'll run spellcheck, and when it doesn't recognize your neologisms, I will gracefully ignore it.
Copyediting starts at $20/hr and usually takes about an hour per 2,000 words. I am happy to discuss other pricing options--I want to be able to fit your real-life budget.
Before you write 100,000 words, send it to an editor,and then have to change 50,000 of them, consider hiring me to discuss your next planned novel! Let's talk about ideas, review outlines for plot holes, and discover what your characters' true motivations are. Having an editor look over your preliminary work can save you time and money in the long publishing process.
Outline Development starts at $25/hour and usually takes from one to four hours, depending on the size of the outline. I am happy to discuss other pricing options--I want to be able to fit your real-life budget.