TERMS: Invoice one-third upon start of project; remainder due upon completion with invoice, 30 days. Check or bank draft preferred; PayPal/credit card information sent with the invoice. I will work with you regarding payments for larger projects.
I edit according to the most up to date Chicago Manual of Style, Christian Manual of Style, Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and other guides. You are always welcome to explain personal usage in your manuscript. I will follow your chosen style even if I don't agree with it, as long as you understand that any fallout is your responsibility if you choose not to use standardized or currently accepted styles.
About my Schedule: I wish I could help everyone NOW, the moment you ask for help, but I can't always do that. My wait list is usually not much more than a couple of weeks to a month for shorter projects.
PLEASE NOTE: It is in your best interest NOT TO RUSH the process. Especially if you are self-publishing your piece, you want it to go to press without errors. It's always better to have more than one person proofread, especially if you make revisions before your final upload to the publisher. At least a week in between revisions for two proof reads is highly recommended. Reading every word out loud is your best method of proofreading.
Yes, I am able to help you with your fiction and non-fiction, including memoirs and academic papers, self-help, children, YA, Bible studies, work books, submission packets, and nearly anything else. I am American and speak American English, but I have some experience with punctuation and grammar in different versions of English in other parts of the world, and some experience with English as a second language writers. Please let me know how you want to edit when you connect with me.
THE MENTOR PROJECT
Not ready for an editor? Uncertain or unwilling to be part of a critique group? Need advice about punctuation, character development, dialog, story arc, genre, or footnotes/indexing/capitalization? For $25 per hour, I will work with you either by e-mail, Skype, Google Docs, in person if local, or virtual meeting venue for your personal writing issue. That's about five pages or so, and you can use those pages and advice to work on the rest of your manuscript.
If you are unsure what editing service you require, you may contact me and ask more questions. I may ask you to send up to three pages for a sample edit at no charge, and you can then decide what meets your need. I will always try to work with you. I also must set a minimum fee per project, which can vary according to your work and your situation.
Professional manuscript review with comments (does not include full critique or edit, notes only) – up to 80,000 words - $150 (Contact me for longer pieces.)
Submission packet review and critique (not a full line edit) - query/cover letter, synopsis, first chapter - up to 25 pages - $50
Proofread/light copy edit - $1.50 per full typed, double-spaced page (300 words) NOTE: this would not usually be considered a final proofread before uploading to a publishing program unless we discuss this before work begins. If I begin a light copy edit and find that more than occasional punctuation/spelling edits are necessary, I will discuss this with you. If your word count changes by more than 10% the final fee will reflect this change. This package means I may go through your manuscript twice with you, if you need it; once for the edit, and one more time after you make the changes you want from my tracked changes.
A minimum base fee for short but full-length projects such as chap books or children's, or academic papers will be set upon discussion; usually $25 for complete short works, but this fee is negotiable according to project.
Full line/Developmental edit - $3.00 per full typed, double-spaced page (300 words)
This service will use the track changes features for which I will make an original save, return to you for up to two more rounds of revisions and questions. If there are many word choice/content changes, you will be asked to complete those changes before I do a final proofread. Please allow two weeks for the first full edit and a week for the proofreads, after I start the work, unless I tell you otherwise. You are still responsible to check your piece over before your final submission for publication. The best thing you can do is to read your entire manuscript out loud. If your word count changes by more than 10% the final fee will reflect this change.
Recommended Cover artist: Lisa Hainline
Recommended Cover/Interior Layout and Book Designer, Print materials: Loralee Arcand-Olsen Word Services Unlimited
Publishing Preparation Package - $250 Format for print and/or e-book (e-pub format) (simple books with text or few pictures - for picture books, please try Word Services Unlimited, above), one ISBN (additional ISBN for $30 each, needed for each version, such as paperback, ebook, audio, hardcover), advice on publishing platform, tweak the ms if errors are noted from the publisher program, provide a cover template from the chosen publisher to the cover artist. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE COVER ART
I cannot upload it for you so you must be able to do that on your own or have your own help. I cannot guarantee your templates you bring to me will work in your chosen publisher's platform.