Things you need to know about my editing services and style:
I have been writing for 3 ½ years. I started out as a fan fiction writer and then moved onto publishing my own original works. I have 5 books published under this penname and 4 under my real name. I have written over 30 full length stories in the time I’ve been writing. Typically, I write 1 to 2 novels per month that average in length about 100K words.
I have edited for various authors over the years on both fan fiction and in the publishing world. I edit regularly for K.I. Lynn, have edited for Shay Savage, Jo Michaels, and several fan fiction authors, along with some authors on Fetlife in the BDSM lifestyle.
I have worked with several editors myself, and I found out very quickly that many of them were giving me bad information. Consequently, I had to unlearn the bad habits they taught me. I want to help you avoid that, and I’ll share the rules and tips I’ve picked up over the years that I’ve verified with valid resources, which I will share with you along the way.
If you’d like to have me work through a sample edit of the first chapter to make sure we’re a good fit for each other, I’m willing to do that for free.
I only edit digitally, and only in Word.
I do a fully copy edit—meaning, I will give feedback on plot, characters, sentence structure, story construction as well as on basic typos, grammar mistakes and writing mechanics. It’s the full entrée, baby. I don’t skimp. I can’t help doing it all, because writing is a form of communication, and I want to share with you how your writing speaks to me as a reader.
I use the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition as my main source of information, but if I ever do veer away from that resource I will give you the link so you can fact check for yourself. I never expect a writer to just take my word for it.
I also expect that before you send you me your draft you will have done a full edit and proofread yourself.
Here are some tips on how to remove as many mistakes as possible before sending your body of work to an editor:
- First, let your story sit for at least 2 weeks if possible after you’ve finished writing it. This will help you gain a new eye when rereading it.
- If you write in something other than Word, then put it into Word and do a quick scan for anything underlined in red, blue or green. Right click and see what Word’s suggesting you change. I know this is pretty basic, but you’d be surprised how many writer’s ignore this. I will also tell you Word is sometimes wrong, so you may need to do some research if you think that’s the case.
- When you do your proofread, read it in the way your readers will. My suggestion is to get a kindle app installed for free on your phone if you don’t already have one and read it from your phone. That’s how the majority of your readers will read your story. You’ll be surprised at how many errors you catch this way, and make sure the font is big enough you can see each word clearly.
- If possible, read your story outloud. It helps so you make sure the flow is good, the dialogue sounds natural, and that you’re not accidentally skipping over words in your head like you might do when you read silently. Make sure to fact check in your story as you go along and recheck dates, times and places. Also double check that your tenses stay consistent and that you’re not head hopping.
- Now do one more scan in Word to catch any last stragglers. Now you’re ready to send it on.
Once you’ve completed your proofread and edit, send me your manuscript for editing.
My expertise is romance and erotica. I will accept all genres with the exception of horror, and I do not edit for stories that contain bestiality, rape, incest or sex with a minor.
I use a flat fee based on word count, and I will do a second run through so you get a final proofread after you’ve gone through my editing suggestions if you’d like. That way we are both making sure your work is as clean as possible.
I’m honest but never mean. I will tell you when something needs work, so don’t be surprised when your manuscript is returned with a ton of red marks all over it. Sometimes those red marks are encouragement, telling you what you’re doing well, in addition to things that maybe need some work. I try to support writers, and give them the boost they need to keep going, not tear them down, but I will always help by being truthful.
My turn around is about a week to a week and a half, depending on how long the manuscript is and how well you’ve proofread and edited yourself before sending it to me. If I find within the first three chapters that it looks like there are a lot of basic errors that you should have caught yourself before sending it to me, I will not hesitate to send it back to you for another run through on your own before I’ll work on it. My time is valuable as a mother and an author myself. I will try to respect your time, and I expect you to do the same for me.
I charge $0.01 per word. So, here are some examples of what you can expect:
Short story: under 7,500 words. $75 or less, depending on final word count
Novelette: 7,500 to 17,500 words. Range of $75 to $175
Novella: 17,500 to 40,000 words. Range of $175 to $400.
Novel: 40,000 to 110,000 words. Range of $400 to $1,100
If your have something over 110K words, then I increase the price to $0.012 per word because that’s a massive project that takes a much longer amount of time to work on.
So, for example, a novel at 115K words, would be $1380 fee.
Half the payment is due when you send your manuscript to me through email, and the last half is done upon completion. I charge invoices through paypal.
I will send you the contract before you send me the manuscript, and expect it to be signed before the work is started.
When I edit, I will never change your writing in the document. I use comments off to the side, and sometimes if it’s a lengthy suggestion, I will write it in red below the paragraph or sentence I’m pointing out so you can compare your original work with what I’m suggesting. I respect you as an author, and will never just “fix” what I think could be improved.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m also willing to give out samples of my own writing through my published works by sharing the first chapter of my newest novel.