Editorial Services

My Editorial Services

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.

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.

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.

Congratulations on finishing your book.
Are you ready for an editor?
Here’s a checklist:
  •         My manuscript is complete. (unless you want a mentoring package or an evaluation on some portion)
  •         My manuscript is in Standard Manuscript Format, in one document.
  •         Someone else besides me and a close relative has read it.
  •         I have read the entire work out loud.
  •         I have proofread the manuscript to the best of my abilities.
  •         I know what genre and sub-genre it is.
  •         I can tell someone what my book is about in three sentences.
  •         I know my word count.
  •         My title isn’t overly used by another author.
  •         I am waiting for the final edit and page count before completing a cover.
  •         If self-publishing, I have researched publishing platforms (see the tips link below).
  •         If submitting to a publisher or agent, I have researched my target submissions goals and know their guidelines.

Self-Publishing Authors – WAIT! Click here for tips.

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.

Two great resources will help you regarding appropriate grammar/punctuation, and what Industry Standard means for manuscript preparation:

Industry Standard manuscript format rules

Here's a great article I recommend you read about editing and editing services in general: 

See the post on Cherie Burbach's Working Writers and Bloggers: http://workingwritersandbloggers.com/2015/03/02/are-you-ready-for-an-editor/

This article explains using and finding permission for using song lyrics in your work: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2015/03/how-to-use-lyrics-without-paying-a-fortune-or-a-lawyer/

This article talks about copyright and fair use: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2010/02/what-every-writer-ought-to-know-about-fair-use-and-copyright/

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) – 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 (325 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. 

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.

Content edit (includes only light typographical editing) - $2.00 per double-spaced page (325 words)
Not sure about your big idea or the story arc or specific scenes/characters? I'll read through your manuscript and make suggestions about tightening your draft, making your story arc flow, genuine dialog, re-distributing back story or places of "info dumping." For non-fiction, I can double-check facts and help tighten content and follow up on consistency. 

Full line/Developmental edit - $3 per full typed, double-spaced page (325 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. 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.

Recommended Cover artist: Lisa Hainline
Recommended Cover/Interior Layout and Book Designer, Print materials: 
                                   Word Services Unlimited
Recommended group to join: Self-Publishing Simplified, a Yahoo group

Publishing Package $200  Format for print and/or e-book (simple books with text or few pictures - for picture books, please try Word Services Unlimited, above), ISBN, advice on publishing platform (I cannot upload it for you so you must be able to do that on your own or have help), tweaking the ms if errors are noted from the publisher program, providing a cover template from the chosen publisher to the cover artist. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE COVER ART 

Contact me (click) for more information or to schedule services.
type of work, length, what it's about, editing process desired, whether you'd like a sample edit, whether it's your first work, if you plan to self-publish, who else has read your work

References for Lisa Lickel editing:

If it wasn’t for Lisa Lickel my first book wouldn’t be published. She took my copy-and-paste manuscript and turned it into a beautiful piece of work. More than that, she was always available and answered my emails and questions promptly. She taught me a great deal about the writing and publishing world. I would highly recommend Lisa to anyone looking for a good editor and mentor. I will definitely have Lisa edit my future works.

Shelley Wilburn, Author, Walking Healed

I am thankful for Lisa's time and effort editing my manuscript! Her price was really reasonable and she was very patient. I got more than what I bargained for, she went over and beyond and I will come back to her in the future.

 Cassia A. Hill, author, Expert Tips for Becoming a Dialysis Technician

Lisa Lickel (editing) is a skillful editor with a eye for detail. She helped me polish up my manuscript by pinpointing flaws and making suggestions that transformed my manuscript into more of a quality inspirational book. I highly recommend her services.

Paulette Harper Johnson, Author
Paulette Harper Johnson
Best selling, award winning
author of That Was Then, This Is Now
Completely Whole, Aug 2010
Victorious Living for Moms, May 2011
For Such a Time as This, 2011


I highly recommend Lisa Lickel for editing. She edited our book, The Forgiveness Formula, that had many formatting issues to correct and did it beautifully. She is professional, responds quickly and finished our project promptly. I am very pleased with her work and am so thankful for all she did to prepare our book for publication. I recommend that you contact her today about your project!

Shelley Hitz, author and owner of

This review wouldn't have been possible without Lisa Lickel's editing:

The writing -- It is a good writer who can put you in his characters shoes so that you feel their experiences! The action kept going. Secondary characters received adequate development so that you felt you knew them as well, and maybe even understood them in a way. I didn't feel the story line ever went flat and the editing was excellent. You pulled for the good guys and wanted to put the bad guys away! A nice ending leaves you wondering if there is one more coming.
Sid Frost, Christian Book Mobile, author of Loves Lives On

Very rarely do you meet a professional who goes above and beyond to offer their hard earned wisdom. This wisdom is priceless because it’s only found through experience which most of us who are new to the writing world lack. Lisa went above and beyond to answer my questions and guide me. Her skills of taking my screwed up way of speaking and turning it into something that a reader would enjoy is amazing! She asked me questions that any reader would have asked which allows my book to flow without leaving the reader wondering what I mean. I would recommend Lisa to anyone! She is affordable and gives you priceless information that you could never pay her back for in paper bills. She has a sweet heart and spirit and at the same time she will tell you the truth. Her editing abilities is a ministry to the rest of us! 

Samples of Edited Projects:

Dancing On The Dumpster

The poignant biography and self-help story of a former Amish woman and her path to
emotional healing and recovery.
November 2014

Repped! by Andy Beal, February 2014
CEO, Trackur.com

Ready, Fire, Aim! by Paul Ely, January 2014, memoir

Sid Frost, The Vengeance Squad Goes to England

Keeper of Reign, Fantasy, by Emma Right, November 2013

Lisa Lickel's clients' book Award Winners:

Indie Excellence 2013, category death & dying
A Journey to Heaven: A Daughter's Short Life Gives a Family Lessons in Love and Miracles
Tammy Brodowski Mott
Carolinas Ecumenical Healing Ministries


Finalist in the "Fiction: Visionary" category of the 2013 International Book Awards for SEVENTH DIMENSION: THE DOOR by Lorilyn Roberts; also a finalist in the 2013 Grace Awards; and a finalist in the 2013 SELAH Awards for Christian books.

Pre-teen and Juvenile fiction for the Beverley Hills Book Awards, March 2014
Keeper of Reign  Emma Right.

Dead Dreams by Emma Right

Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the book, The King, by Lorilyn Roberts,
has been selected to receive the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, September 2014. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.

The King was also a finalist in the 2014 USA BEST BOOKS awards From USA Book News. 
November 2014
May 2015 - The King won the Spirituality category award in the Indie Excellence Book Awards