From substantive edits of 120,000-word novels to everything else in between: I’ve edited newsletters, press releases, short fiction by newbies, novellas by professionals, and even legal documents. Very competitive rates and longer projects are negotiable.
Q: What is substantive editing?
A: In short, it’s an in-depth critique with suggested structural and thematic editing that must be done before a manuscript is submitted to a publisher. It’s a deep reading with the editor and writer working as a team to improve the manuscript.
Q: What is copyediting?
A: Copyediting is a little less drastic than substantive editing, and a little more bookish. It’s making sure there’s consistency in the text, line by line; it’s fact-checking, error-eliminating work.
Q: What is manuscript evaluation?
A: This is what it seems to be: a read through with comments, suggestions, a summing up of the work and how the writer has arrived there (or hasn’t yet arrived there). While the occasional typo may be noted, little correctional work is done.
Rates vary based on the amount of work a manuscript may need. Generally, a substantive edit of a 70,000-90,000 word novel will fall between $800 – $1200. I take a look at the manuscript, edit a sample section, estimate the time required, and give a quote. Manuscript evaluation, on the other hand, will be half that for a similar-sized project. On shorter projects I charge $40 per hour.
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