Editorial Services

Manuscript Evaluation

 $2.50 per page

A manuscript evaluation is an in-depth, developmental editing report. You’ll receive an in-depth critique that pinpoints your story’s strengths and weaknesses. You will be provided with detailed recommendations on how any weaknesses might be improved so you can focus, tighten, and enrich your story.  Your book will be examined for the following:

     

  • story structure

  • character development

  • voice

  • dialogue

  • settings

  • prose style

  • pacing

  • POV (point of view)

  • marketability

  • story premise

To view a sample evaluation click here.

Developmental/Project Editing

$2.00 per page

This is the option an author would chose after they have received a manuscript evaluation and are ready to start the editing process or after they have finished a manuscript, have a good grasp on what it needs, and are ready to focus on plot and structure. Also, this may be a good choice for authors suffering from writers block, as it can often aid the cognitive process of writing.

Copyedit/Line Edit

Cost per word dependent upon level of edit. 

A line edit addresses the creative content, writing style, and language use at the sentence and paragraph level. But the purpose of a line edit is not to comb your manuscript for errors – rather, a line edit focuses on the way you use language to communicate your story to the reader. Is your language clear, fluid, and pleasurable to read? Does it convey a sense of atmosphere, emotion, and tone? Do the words you’ve chosen convey a precise meaning, or are you using broad generalizations and clichés.

By contrast, the goal of a copyedit is to address flaws on a very technical level – to make sure the writing that appears on the page is in accordance with industry standards. This is like an incredibly high-end proofread.

Proofreading
$1.00 per page or $.012 per word

Careful reading (and rereading) of a (yet to be finally-printed) document, to detect any errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar. It may also involve checking of different elements of a layout (such as headlines, paragraphs, illustrations, and colors) for their correct dimensions, placement, type, etc. Every author knows that (despite the spelling checking abilities of modern word processors) a human proof reader is indispensable. 

Critique

$25 per hour

Expect the unexpected! A good critique looks under the surface, scanning your manuscript with a fresh eye, and without any preconceived notions. Critiques also pinpoint...

  • Paragraphs or chapters that need tightening.

  • Verbs that are weak—shows a way of using more powerful and active verbs.

  • Plots that lack focus—presents a focused alternative for the writer to consider.

  • Picture book that are too wordy—Gives examples of how and where to prune.

  • Dialogue that is not age appropriate—shows example that is right for the age.

  • Where paragraphs, pages or chapters are great—praise for good writing.

  • If the overall concept and writing is weak—suggestions re writing classes, reading books, and joining a critique group. Encourages the client to master the craft of writing.

  • A summary that points out areas that need strengthening etc, and mentions what they feel works just fine as is—Encourages you to think out of the box: to turn your chapters or paragraphs upside-down, or inside out, until you get them exactly right. Reinforces the notion that re-writing is not a dirty word! Comments, suggestions and examples that help you identify problem areas more clearly, write tighter, and focus on what is important to the plot. Support, honesty and helpful examples are the cornerstones of a good critique.

Contest Package
$35 per hour

With the contest package, authors receive an evaluation, an edit, and a proofread. We will ensure that the manuscript is formatted per contest guidelines and can even suggest genre-specific contests that we believe your manuscript would do well in. 

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