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I am passionate about story and bring that excitement to your book baby, along with a fresh outside perspective to help detect your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses.
Currently, I offer two levels of developmental/content editing – one with less feedback as a budget option (because sometimes every dollar counts) and one with more feedback. I also offer line edits. I do not offer copy (grammar) edits at this time. Keep reading for explanations of what each edit entails.
My feedback is always a suggestion – my goal is to help you strengthen your manuscript, but as the author, you always know your story best!
NB: I do not do edits on the following genres: non-fiction, erotica, contemporary, magical realism, horror, poetry, or westerns. (As I don’t read these genres and therefore am unfamiliar with their genre expectations, another editor would be a better fit.) I do not edit books with explicit sexual content, pervasive strong language, or extreme gore.
- Half of payment is due before I begin, the rest upon completion UNLESS the manuscript is under 25,000 words, in which case the full payment is due before I begin.
- All payments processed through PayPal.
- Must send a Microsoft Word or Google Docs document. Edits are done in Microsoft Word.
- I reserve the right to decline working with any author or on any project I don’t think I will be a good fit for or am uncomfortable with.
- I also reserve the right to terminate editing services at any point due to content issues for a 50% refund on payment already made.
- I offer a 50% refund if you find my edits are not as promised.
Free Sample Edit
Do you want to make sure we will be a good fit? Want to see what my comments would look like before committing? I offer a free sample edit of the first chapter of your (novella or novel-length) manuscript, up to 2,000 words.
Time frame: Approximately one week
This edit looks at the big picture and is perfect if you need someone to help you determine if your story as a whole is working – and what to do if it’s not. This edit looks at overall pacing, story arc, character arcs, worldbuilding, tone, effectiveness, and consistency and checks for plot holes. Feedback will address what is done beautifully and what can be strengthened to better engage readers.
I recommend that you have done at least one self-edit and are on at least your second draft before requesting a developmental edit. There’s nothing more frustrating than hiring an editor and then realizing all the changes you could have made first. An editor is much more effective when they catch the things you couldn’t see, rather than wasting both our time telling you what you already know. PLEASE also clean up your manuscript first–don’t send me prose that is in unread, just-typed form. Typos and errors are normal, but constant typos distract from the story.
Option 1: Budget Dev Edit
Feedback is given in 3 to 8 typed, double-spaced pages of notes with references to specific chapters or scenes where necessary. Does not include in-document comments. Includes up to three email follow-up conversations.
Time frame: Up to 125,000 words: Approximately one month or less. 125-180k words: Approximately two months. Books over 180k taken on a case by case basis, and may take up to three months.
Pricing: $2 per 1,000 words (This edit only: Rounded down under x,700, rounded up over x,700 – for example, 82,578 words would be billed as 82k words even.)
Option 2: Full Dev Edit
This is a more in-depth developmental edit. In addition to looking at big picture pacing, arcs, worldbuilding, consistency, tone, effectiveness, and plot holes, this edit looks at those issues within individual chapters and scenes. I will give in-document comments and reactions (using the Track Changes and Comments features in Microsoft Word, which can be opened in Google Docs) as well as 5 to 10 typed, double-spaced pages of notes. I may also make some line edit or grammar notes. Includes up to three email follow-up conversations.
Time frame: Up to 125,000 words: Approximately one month. 125-180k words: Approximately two months. Manuscripts over 180k taken on a case by case basis, and may take up to three months.
Pricing: $0.004 per word ($4 per 1k words)
This edit is designed for after you have completed a few rounds of self-edits (and/or have had a developmental/content edit or at least early readers) and are confident in your big picture story and want to polish the prose. As part of your self-edits, you also should have cleaned up any issues you already noticed in the prose, as an editor is much more effective when they catch the things you couldn’t see, rather than wasting both our time telling you what you already know. The line edit helps elevate your prose on the sentence level and includes evaluating sentence variation and flow, word choice, consistency of voice, realism of dialogue, and looks for repeat words and actions – such as if your character bites their lip ten times in chapter twelve.
This is NOT a full copy edit – it is not focused on grammar or punctuation, although I may make notes about repeat grammar or punctuation issues (unless you tell me you’ve hired a copy editor for after I’m done).
Edits are done in Microsoft Word using Track Changes and Comments (can be opened in Google Docs).
Time frame: Up to 125,000 words: five weeks. 125-180k words: two months.
Pricing: $0.003 per word ($3 per 1k words)
“Selina excels at finding what isn’t working, whether that’s pacing, character inconsistencies, or plot holes and brainstorming how to fix them.”
“Selina’s keen eye and attention to detail made my story a thousand times better. I am an English teacher with a degree in English, so I pride myself on how well I can edit…and yet, Selina was still able to find errors and suggest edits in relation to punctuation and grammatical issues as well as issues with content. Every suggestion Selina made was with kindness and grace. Her patience and encouragement is one of the reasons I was able to finish my novel. I cannot fully express how highly I recommend her to authors seeking editing services.”