Versatility is one of the professional attributes I value most. I’m equally experienced with and confident in shaping and refining content for adults and young readers. Whatever the targeted audience, my professional goal is constant: to ensure your writing resonates with the readers you want to reach.
Three Levels of Editing
I offer three basic levels of editorial services: developmental editing, substantive or line editing, and copyediting. Whether I'm considering content from a Big Picture perspective or applying the important mechanics involved in copyediting, I strive to enhance the clarity, quality, and impact of your careful work. Special handling of or input on your text may be warranted in some instances, and I can help.
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I work directly on double-spaced Word documents, using Track Changes to edit and comment on your manuscript. I also provide an overarching editorial memo for each project I tackle. Most communication is via e-mail, but chatting by phone or using Skype to connect are also good options.
Upon reviewing your project and discussing it with you, I’ll provide a fee estimate, a delivery date, and context for the give-and-take your project is likely to entail. Fees vary wildly, depending on the length, complexity, and quality of the text as well as the level of editing required. Hourly fees range from $75 for professional consulting to $35–$60 for various levels of editing (from copyediting to substantive editing to developmental editing). A flat fee of $400 applies for the close review of a picture book manuscript (up to 1,000 words). Fees for projects that involve rewriting or writing are determined individually.
My fees are in sync with those detailed by the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Editing Sample for Select Projects
For manuscripts that exceed 50 pages (or roughly 12,500 words), I’ll provide an editing sample on 20–30 pages of text at an agreed-upon flat fee ($275–$400) before we commit to collaborating on the project. This approach makes it possible for me to more accurately estimate the fee and delivery date, and also helps ensure a good
“fit” for long or complicated projects that are likely to involve extended effort from both of us.