Services & Pricing


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WHAT I'LL DO FOR YOU:
Upon receipt of your full manuscript, I’ll choose a random portion and will edit about 1000 words, free of charge.

You'll receive an estimate based on the evaluation, with an explanation of charges. Pricing will be in accordance with the amount of labor involved, based on a 250-word-per-page industry standard. All US edits will be done with the Chicago Manual of Style. All pricing is in accordance with the Editorial Freelancers Association, and is, in fact, a fraction of what they recommend.


PLEASE NOTE: I will edit most genres, but I don't accept poetry, LGBT, erotica, or books which have explicit sex scenes; I don’t read these genres and therefore don’t feel I’m the best qualified person to edit them.


LINE EDIT:


Rate begins at .011 per word and includes copyediting. This includes two passes. (Also see note under PROOFREADING section for the "extra" that comes with this package.) For short stories under 10k words there is a $100 minimum charge.


Your story is ready for this step only If you have already revised your manuscript based on feedback from your beta readers or critique partner, or have had a developmental or content edit. Based on my experience, it's my professional opinion that your manuscript isn't ready for a line edit if your eyes have been the only pair to work on it up to this point.


I use the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word so you can see exactly what I’ve done. I’m a big fan of margin notes to provide explanations if needed when making changes that may seem strange or inconsistent. My thoughts on margin notes: if you are able to see and understand why something is done a certain way, you’re more likely to remember it for the future, and your writing will improve.


I’ll focus on these areas at the line and paragraph level during the first pass:

  • Awkward sentence construction
  • Overused words and crutch words (every author has his favorites!)
  • Showing v. telling (this ties in with overuse of adverbs, though not all adverbs are evil in and of themselves)
  • Excessive and incorrect dialogue tags (less is more here)
  • Point of view inconsistencies (I’ll note head-hopping as well)
  • Irrelevant/superfluous language and ambiguities
  • Verb tense consistencies
  • Jargon/clichés (whether phrases or word pairings)
  • Repetition and redundancies
  • Choppy sentence flow and pacing

After this first pass, I will approve all non-negotiable items (punctuation, spelling, grammar) and will return the manuscript to you for approval of suggested line edits. If there’s any reason you wish to keep a particular item as is, please highlight and note that in the margin so I don’t simply correct it again, thinking I missed it somehow. After you’re finished incorporating all edits, send the manuscript to me for the second run-through.


I’ll focus on these copy edit areas on the second pass:

  • Consistency of names and character traits/facts
  • Grammar, capitalization, and spelling
  • Word repetition, correct word choice, and general wordiness
  • Adherence to current style manuals (Chicago Manual of Style & Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, others if necessary, e.g. military)
  • Number/numeral usage
  • Hyphenation
  • Proper handling/punctuation of dialogue and dialogue tags
  • Overused adverbs and adjectives (though this should be fairly clean after the first pass)
  • Punctuation
  • Fact-checking if needed
  • Typos/extra spaces

The copy edit should improve consistency and clarity in your book, and result in its most readable version.


If you’ve already had a line edit on your manuscript and only wish a copy edit, I provide a single pass for the immediate above-mentioned copy edit items only, starting at .005 per word, contingent on the results of the initial evaluation. If a line edit is required, the line edit/copy edit package applies, and this will be noted in my estimate prior to starting any work.


Please note: there is no way to guarantee 100% error-free work, although I’ll make a

heroic effort to come as close as possible.


PROOFREAD:


Rate for proofreading is $1.50 per page (based on industry standard of 250 words per page) or $20 per hour spent, whichever is more. I do use a timer for accuracy when editing, and I typically read 5,000 words per hour (oftentimes more) during a final proof, depending on whether the work is fiction or nonfiction, technical dissertation with fact-checking, or other factors. For short stories under 10k words there is a $50 minimum charge.

Proofreading is all about that final “look” and is typically the last step in the writing/editing process. Proofreading is catching surface problems that were missed during the line edit/copy edit phase, and it’s not meant to be a reworking of the manuscript.


If I’m proofreading another editor’s work, I’ll need a style sheet provided if possible, so I can easily identify spelling inconsistencies with names, places, and similar items. Otherwise, I’ll work “blind” and will most likely have questions for you during the process, which may increase time and therefore cost.


NOTE: proofreading at no extra cost to you is included in the line edit/copy edit package, with a set of eyes other than my own as the “final final.”


CONTENT/SUBSTANTIVE EDITING (PARTIAL MANUSCRIPT ONLY):


I am currently working toward providing this service for full manuscripts. As of now, I will evaluate a partial manuscript to give you an idea of what's working or not, and will provide a written report. No corrections will be made within the manuscript, but issues will be addressed in the report.


Up to 10k words: $25
10k - 20k words: $45

I'll give you an informed report of the following, as well as any specific questions you may have:
  • Do I want to keep reading past the first chapters?
  • Are the characters engaging/do I care about them?
  • Does the plot "grab" me, and does it make sense? Are there any holes?
  • Do I have a fair idea of who's who and how they fit in the big picture?
  • If there's any chronology involved, does it make sense?
  • Are there too many characters?
  • Is the dialogue believable? Is it appropriate to the region?
  • Are there too many clichés? Overused adverbs? Redundant wording?
  • Do the sentences flow well?
  • Does the conflict feel contrived? (a.k.a. Yes, this is fiction, but I have to want to believe it!)

If you're in need of a content edit for your entire work, which involves analysis of your manuscript, along with assistance and suggestions for plot structure, story idea, point of view, characterization, pacing, and writing style, I will be glad to give recommendations.



ODDS & ENDS:


I also offer editing for blog posts, websites, and newsletters upon request at $20 per hour spent. One hour minimum.


There will be a 25% upcharge for any "rush" work with a tight deadline.


I can be reached at lyndadietz4@gmail.com and my response time is typically one to two days.