Fiction Editing – Services and Costs

Manuscript Appraisal and Assessment.

In an appraisal, we read the manuscript and assess what is working and what isn’t. We focus on:
• Readability.
• Character development and interaction.
• Plotting and identifying plot holes.
• Showing versus telling.
• Information dumps and excessive exposition.
• Continuity issues.
• Basic spelling and grammar.
• General awkwardness and areas lacking polish.

We do not edit these areas. We identify the problem, explain why it is a problem and offer suggestions for fixes but it is up to the writer to examine and consider our suggestions and advice and determine a path forward.

Developmental Editing

Developmental editing is a detailed, comprehensive examination of the manuscript looking at:
• Pacing.
• Plot development.
• Character development.
• Consistency of timeline, character and plot.
• Fact checking.
• Logic issues.
• Story structure.
• Dialogue.

With developmental editing, I am looking at those ‘things’ that pull the reader out of the story or make the reader doubt the story.

Line Editing or Copy Editing

This is a comprehensive edit addressing:
• Syntax.
• Word selection.
• Sentence flow.
• Consistency.
• Style.
• Spelling.
• Grammar.
• Punctuation.
• Hyphens.
• Consistency of spelling and tense.


This stage of the process checking that all edits have been completed and that the manuscript is ready for printing. Proofreading is sometimes combined with line editing.

Multiple Services or Multiple Books

Writers who are working on a series and who would like to ensure consistency across the series by booking my services for the entire series will receive a 25% discount on the total.

To ensure an accurate quote for editing, the first 2,000 words or first chapter will be edited and returned as a free service. That way, I can see the amount of work that needs to be done, and you can see if you like my editing style.

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