Novels need different approaches, depending on the state of the manuscript. If it’s a first or second draft or even something you’d trunked because you couldn’t figure out just what bugged you it might need big picture help on top of smaller, specific issues. If it’s in development, or you’re getting ready to polish it before sending it out, we have options for that too.
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: $175 <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: $275 <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 puctuation or grammar errors may be caught by this.
Cost: $20 Initial fee + $5 per page. If the chapter is longer than ten pages, pricing switches to per word at a fee of $0.012
Line Edit Example – as exhibited in first page line edits. Please note – extreme detail and time goes into a full manuscript of these.