Editing and Critique Services

Are you interested in having your work evaluated or edited? I offer private manuscript services to both individuals and businesses. My experience? In the past three years I’ve edited and/or copyedited some twenty novels, four anthologies, and one nonfiction book; before that are various stints of freelancing, going back as far as 1992. I also have fifteen years of writing and critiquing experience as well as three books of my own in print, one of which was a UK nonfiction bestseller in 2012. For references, click here.

Please click here for rates, as well as manuscript evaluation and critique services. Please click here for coaching/mentoring services.

 

WHY EDIT/COPYEDIT? And what’s the difference?

Editing is the process of annotating copy or textual information to flag and remedy errors, and any written material needs it. Whether you’ve written a novel, a newsletter, a report, or a restaurant menu, it almost certainly contains a number of typos, grammatical infelicities, misused words, inconsistent formatting, logical errors, and other nasties. You can’t see them but others will. Some of those others will care. Some of them won’t buy your product or book because of these errors.

It’s tempting to skip having one’s work professionally edited. And yet, whether you’re a business owner or an author looking to self-publish, the edit/copyedit is a vital step. Without it, you risk missing your mark; at worst, you can come off looking ignorant and incompetent.

Editing breaks down into several levels, although there can be a lot of overlap. Here’s a summary definition:

 

General or Comprehensive Editing: this first editing pass of a manuscript will typically address macro issues like plot and character arcs, poor plot logic, passages and scenes that aren’t working well, stylistic issues, etc.  Also referred to as substantive or developmental editing, a general edit is similar to a critique in that it reviews the manuscript as a whole; unlike a critique, the editor makes specific recommendations and offers solutions to the problems identified.

Line Editing: a more detailed and intensive edit whose aim is to improve the flow, pacing, polish, and overall readability of the work. Line editing addresses, among much else, dialogue, style, grammar, tense, and syntax issues. The editor responsible for this stage will typically help with revising and rewording sentences and paragraphs that need improvement.

Copyediting: typically the pre-final pass through a ms., copyediting looks at the fine detail, including punctuation, consistency, capitalization, formatting, and anything missed at the line editing stage. The copyeditor is also responsible for fact-checking.

Proofreading: strictly limited to checking spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, verb tense, and consistency in formatting. Proofreading is usually the final step before a document goes to print.

In traditional publishing, each of the above is a separate process. But since the cost of these several editing passes can be prohibitive for an indie author, what most indies require is an editor with multiple skills capable of giving them the best result in a single, detailed edit. This is what I refer to as the Single Edit Solution (see below).

 

RATES

Many people offering author services don’t publish rates, arguing that competition should be based on quality, not price. I wholeheartedly agree with that; but I also believe in transparency, and not wasting people’s time. My prices, which compare very favourably with industry standard rates, are as follows:

Single Edit Solution – full line editing + copyediting: 1.25c/word and up* ($75 job minimum); typically, my edits will include some developmental guidance where needed. In the case of novels, I include a provision for post-edit checking of up to 2k words of rewritten material at no additional cost. US or UK English.

Manuscript evaluation & critique:

  • 1.2c/word up to 15,000 words ($75 job minimum)
  • 1c/word for 15,000-40,000 words
  • 0.9c/word over 40,000 words

General/comprehensive editing: 2c/word and up* ($50 job minimum)

Proofreading: 1c/word

Interested? Unsure which service you require? Contact me using the contact form or email me at: dariowriter (at-sign) gmail (dot) com to discuss your goals and needs directly

Notes:

*In the case of all edit/proofreading jobs over 10,000 words, I’ll need to see the entire ms. to determine the degree of work involved and quote a firm price. In the process, I provide you with a free edited sample of the first 2,500 words. If you like my work and the price is acceptable, terms are 50% on commission and full balance on delivery.