If you are planning to self-publish, or to submit your
manuscript to a publishing professional, I can help you get
Let's make this simple. I edit best in science fiction and
fantasy, but will also take other genres at your own risk (no
erotica). Editing is done in Word using Track Changes and
comments. Design jobs are to your specifications; covers can be
made from your own images, free Creative Commons stock we select
together, stock images as agreed, or I may photograph something
What my edit may include, as
Style, flow, language use, story and narrative issues, reader
satisfaction, initial proofread, identifying problem areas,
consistency, tone, tropes, filter words, fluff words, mundane
words, clichés, overused words, show don't tell, point of view,
audience appropriateness, punctuation, handling of numbers,
paragraphing, dialogue attributions and action beats, character
arcs, setting, description, emotional impact, and more. All of
my editing services can include a mentoring aspect where I start
by analysing your personal specific recurring issues to improve
Prices vary according to the
level of self-editing you have already achieved. For example: avoiding passive structures and excesses of
filter words, mundane words, and -ing words, correct POV use,
correct action/dialogue paragraphing, etc. I will determine your level and fee after reading some
samples of your manuscript.
Level 0: FAIRY GODMOTHER $20-$30 US per 1000 words
If you're a first-time writer or you just need a lot of magical
help, I can help you start to improve. Ideal for beginners or
those who may need extra assistance with English grammar. Edits
at this level are complex, so you may need an extra round after
this to attain a publishable standard.
Level 1: THE PUMPKIN CARRIAGE $12 US per 1000 words minimum
This level may be suitable for you if:
- you have never worked with an editor before
- this is one of your first completed manuscripts
- you are unpublished or entirely self-published with little
Your quality determines your final fee. I can help you get where
you're going, but there may be more work for you to do
LEVEL 2: CLIMB THE BEANSTALK $8 US per 1000 words
This level may suit you if you have:
- completed a handful of manuscripts
- worked with critique partners for a number of years
- learned and applied the principles of self-editing
This is my favourite level as you have put in enough work to
make the best use of my help. Brave and accomplished writers may
use this level to aim for the sky.
LEVEL 3: PROOFREAD PLUS: THE
MAGICAL BROOMSTICK $5 US per 1000 words
This level may be what you need if:
- your manuscript has already been thoroughly edited for
- you are nearly ready to publish or submit
- you want a final check for minor errors in spelling, grammar
What's the Plus? I'll comment on major Story or Style issues I
notice as I read, giving you the benefit of my experience while
keeping to a budget.
How well this broomstick flies is up to your processing of my
LEVEL 4: PROOFREAD ONLY:
BROOMSTICK 1.0 $3 US per 1000 words
At this level I will only correct your spelling and punctuation,
not any other issues. If you have not had the manuscript edited
previously, a proofread may not be sufficient to make it ready
You can view this as a regular broomstick useful for a bit of
tidying. Not particularly magical, but it does its job.
*You may be eligible for a discount if you have worked
with me before. Please contact me to discuss.
Prices listed are for basic professional services to a quality
publishable standard. Please consider them a minimum depending
on the level of detail work you are looking for.
Cover Design - Text on an
image you provide: Ebook only - Output JPG
I can help you find sources for professional images, including
free Creative Commons material.
Cover Design - Text on an
image you provide: on Print Template for KDP
Print or Lightning Source
Interior typeset must be complete in order to determine page
count/spine width. You may also crop this for use as an ebook
All $50.00 USD per hour
These can include:
Word Doc Cleanup: Replace
triple periods with ellipses, consistency with fonts, dashes and
scene breaks, proper indenting, page breaks, remove stray spaces
and styles, create heading structure (can take 1-2 hours
depending on the extent of cleanup needed)
Print Typesetting, Basic:
Title page and chapter headings with your selected font, page
numbering, standard scene breaks, contents page, insertion of
front and back matter you provide (typically 1-2 hours)
Print Typesetting, Fancy:
Includes basic typesetting plus creation of graphic elements for
chapter headers and/or scene breaks, running headers on request
(typically 3-4 hours)
Print Typesetting, Extras:
Any changes made at your request after completion of the typeset
Ebook Formatting: Supply a
clean Word doc and finished front cover Output is EPUB with
table of contents suitable for upload to Kindle and Nook
Your Publishing Coach: I can
talk you through publishing your book for global distribution in
print and ebook. May include: basic blurb help, choosing
keywords and categories, the technical steps of the upload
process, etc. Contact me for hourly rates.
Prices are in U.S. dollars. If you wish to pay in a different
currency, please ask me for rate conversion.
If there's something not listed that I can help you with, please
get in touch to discuss rates.
Note on editing: I do NOT claim adherence to a particular style
guide, but my wide reading experience allows me to apply an
accepted overall standard to your work.
A list of published books which I have edited is available on
request, in addition to the Testimonials section.
Please be prepared for far-reaching
suggestions if these become necessary. I want to help make your
book more dynamic and effective!