develop ~ edit ~ proof

specializing in editing stories with LGBTQ+ characters, same-sex attraction, and contemporary romance.

I will help you:

  • Maintain your unique voice
  • Sort out the comma drama. Should it be here? Should I delete it? Comma confusion is not unusual. Sometimes the answer is: it depends.
  • Reveal those hard-to-find missing words, misused and overused words, and frustrating homonyms.
  • Address pacing, overwriting, continuity, and timeline issues.
  • Untangle the confusion of the Chicago Manual of Style.

How deep do you want to go?

Deep & Technical

developmental, structural, content
copy edit, line edit

The Content Edit is a deeper look at your story’s content, structure, and theme. I’ll address plot holes, overwriting, pacing, flow, clarity, and style.

I’ll send the story back so you can address the suggestions before you send it back to me for round two.

On the Copy Edit, I address technical issues and ensure consistency. Attention will be focused on grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, vocabulary, as well as sentence and paragraph structure.

For a deeper understanding of each round, click on the tab above to read.

The Chicago Manual of Style will be my style guide unless otherwise requested.

$7.00 per 1,000 words*

The Structural Side

developmental, structural, content

The Content Edit is substantive. It’s a deep look at your story’s content, structure, and theme. I’ll address plot holes, overwriting, pacing, flow, clarity, and style. Any discrepancies in plot, voice, or characterizations will be addressed.

I’ll ensure the overall story arc and characters are relatable and believable. I’ll also focus on dialogue flow while hunting down those pesky tense changes, point-of-view slips, and concepts that detract from the story.

$5.00 per 1,000 Words*

The Technical Side

copy edit, line edit

I’ll address technical issues: grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, sentence and paragraph structure. I’ll use a balanced approach between your writing style and writing conventions.

I will point out missed words, overused words/phrases, and those pesky homonyms as well as do a check for consistency. After you’ve made all your changes, I’ll do a spot check on any additions. If you want me to read the story from top to bottom again, I can for an additional fee.

The Chicago Manual of Style will be my style guide unless otherwise requested, and it’s important for me to know where your story is set so I can use the appropriate dictionary and grammar conventions. I’m American, however, most of my editing work is with British and Australian authors.

$5.00 per 1,000 words* – single full read
† $8.00 per 1,000 words* – double full read

The Final Touch-up

Proofreading is done at a similar pace that your readers will go through your work. This is not an edit, but a touch-up. I will address sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, style consistency, numbers, and preformatting so your manuscript is ready for formatting.

Please let me know of any preferences on formatting before I get started. If you format with Vellum, I can preformat your manuscript for easier uploading.

$2.00 per 1,000 words*

*All prices shown in USD

‡Additional charges will apply for manuscripts that require extra time and attention.

Where to Start

  1. Decide on the depth of edit you’d like.
  2. Check out availability on my calendar.
  3. Email me a sample if we’ve not worked together before. Read The Fine Print below.
  4. Reserve a spot.
  5. Fill out my Intake Form.
  6. Polish your words.
  7. Format your manuscript for editing.
  8. Send all files to me so I can get to work.

The Fine Print

If this the first time I’ve edited for you, I’ll edit 1,000 words for free to ensure we work well together. My cost estimate† will based on your sample, so send me a section of your manuscript that is in need of work and indicative of your editing needs.

I accept payment via PayPal or Stripe, and 50% payment is required before starting.

Prices are based on the highest word count. If words are added between a content and copy edit, the charge will be based on the higher word count.

Availability & Sign Up

Do you prefer a few weeks between Content Edits and Copy Edits,
or would you rather work straight through from start to finish?

Claim two spots for the Content & Copy Edit and one for Copy Edits & Proofreads.

After your job is scheduled, make sure you fill out my Intake Form.

For easy access for returning customers, these resources are available on the header and footer.


Author to Watch

Fall Into You has put Posy Roberts on my list of authors to watch for. Not only did she tell a story that was sexy and dramatic and romantic, but it was also touching and immensely readable.

Head Over Heels

This series is fantastic, and I fell head over heels for these characters – Hugo especially.

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