Depending on your writing skill level, the amount of self-editing you’ve done, and if you’ve had critique partners work it over, the level of edit you need may vary. Content edits focus on the plot, character development, world building, and other critical building blocks of your story. If you’re unsure which level of edit you need, we can have you send over a sample and we can often advise based on that.
Big Picture Edit Letter
This is good for early drafts, or when you know something just isn’t working and can’t quite tell what. It’s a one time read through and overall evaluation of the manuscript’s big picture issues. A 1-2 page edit letter is included.
Cost: $195 <50k
Please contact for pricing of longer books
This is good for almost finished drafts. After finishing the full manuscript, an in depth reader report will be provided along the lines of those used by the publishing industry. This will detail an overall view, your plot and any holes evident, any confusion that arises, repetition, phrasing problems that persist, and overarching areas that need work, a detailed view of the pacing, as well as suggestions for specific improvement. Keep in mind, we also check for overall consistency throughout the manuscript.
Cost: $350 <50k
Please contact for pricing of longer books.
Sample edits are available on request for the first 5 pages (1250 words).
This is an extremely time consuming process and depends on the state of the manuscript being edited. Not to be confused with a copy edit, a line edit addresses the creative content, writing style, and language use at the sentence and paragraph level. It focuses on the way you use language to communicate your story to the reader. Some common aspects focused on in a line edit are the vividness of prose, the atmosphere it creates, developing the sensory for the world, and building chemistry between the characters. A 1-2 page letter is included with an overall summary of the critique in order to point out overarching or persistent weaknesses and possible solutions. If you have good critique partners, it’s unlikely you’d need this. Please keep in mind this is not a copy edit, so not all punctuation or grammar errors may be caught by this.
Cost: $20 Initial fee + $5 per page. If the piece is longer than ten pages, pricing switches to per word at a fee of $0.015
Line Edit Example – as exhibited in first page line edits. Please note – extreme detail and time goes into a full manuscript of these.