Evaluation and Editing Service

What is your experience?

I am the editor-in-chief and fiction editor of the literary journal Punt Volat. My own writing publications include fiction (short stories and flash), nonfiction (academic, freelance, travel, memoir, creative), and poetry. I hold a PhD in Humanities and an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction). For more than a decade, I have taught and tutored English and writing in all forms. I am the author of An Ethics Beyond: Posthumanist Animal Encounters and Variable Kindness in the Fiction of George Saunders, which was solicited and published as part of the North American studies collection for Publicacions de la Universitat de València, a leading university press in Spain. My fiction is published in Litro, Permafrost, decomP, The Fourth River, Cagibi, Pank, The Collagist, and other journals. My freelance work is published in Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas and on the website for In Defense of Animals.

How much does it cost?

All rates are negotiable! The standard rates outlined below are based on those provided by the Editorial Freelance Association and are intended to serve as a basic guideline. The actual rate will be determined through our discussions and is tailored to suit your needs—and budget! Depending on the state and nature of the manuscript, the rate of pages per hour is subject to change. This will be determined beforehand, so there will be no surprises!

Feel like your manuscript needs work, but you’re not sure which service you need? If you’re indecisive or have any doubts, I offer a special rate: an evaluation of 10 pages for just $20. Regardless of whether you continue working with me, this sample evaluation is yours to keep! If you do not wish to work on a full-length manuscript but wish to have a certain section or even a short-length work evaluated, this is also a possibility. The following are standard rates:

  • Manuscript evaluation – $30 per hour.
  • Developmental editing – $35 to $45 per hour; 5 to 9 pages per hour. This requires two passes.
  • Line editing – $40 to $50 per hour; 4 to 8 pages per hour. This requires two to three passes.
  • Copy editing – $30 to $35 per hour; 7 to 12 pages per hour. This requires two to three passes.
  • Proofreading – $25 per hour; 10 to 15 pages per hour. This may require two passes.

Please note that the industry standard for a “page” is firmly defined as 250 words (standard serif font, 12 point, double-spaced). All rates/pages will be calculated using this standard.

How do I know which service to choose?

You send me a sample of your project. The length of the sample may be determined based on the length of your manuscript. We will set a rate for the evaluation. Upon evaluation, I will send you a sample edit and suggest a service. I reserve the right to reject a project if the manuscript quality is in need of greater developmental or copy editing but the request is for proofreading. Also, if we feel I am not the best fit for your work, I am in contact with other editors who may be better readers for you and will contact them on your behalf to see if you might be a match.

Can you give me an idea of the process?

I will work with you throughout the process to determine what your needs and goals are, but a comprehensive manuscript editing process might look something like this:

  1. Create a schedule so that I have enough time to give your work the consideration it needs.
  2. Once you have a complete first or second draft of the manuscript, submit the work to me for a first developmental edit. At this stage, I will evaluate the manuscript by identifying high-level structural changes that may improve the overall work, along with any suggested edits.
  3. After you incorporate the suggestions and make the edits, submit the work again for a line edit or copy edit. The type of service I suggest depends on the quality of the writing. I will edit the work and provide explanations for certain suggested changes.
  4. Finally, after you incorporate the suggestions and make the edits from the line edit or copy edit, submit it to me one more time for a light copy edit or proofread, depending on whether or not the work needed a line edit, to identify any remaining errors. I will edit the work without a list of changes, as this will be a high-level pass.
  5. You are ready to submit your work to a publisher! Depending on the manuscript, I may be able to recommend a good fit.

I understand that selecting a comprehensive manuscript editing process requires an investment of time, attention, and money. It also requires trust. Therefore, I am prepared to offer a discounted rate if you select the full process. Request a quote!

Do you guarantee publication?

Unfortunately, I can make no guarantees. Decisions on publications are sometimes about more than just the quality of the work. There are many factors that go into the consideration of publication. Also, it depends on which publishers you are hoping to reach. What I can do is substantially increase your odds.

What’s the difference between developmental editing, line editing, and copy editing?

Developmental editing examines the manuscript as a whole. Plot, setting, and characterization are all concerns at this level of editing. Because of today’s current cultural climate and the need for sensitivity to identity, developmental editing assumes great significance.

Example: One of the characters is a stoic Indian chief/brave/shaman who helps the white protagonist achieve his potential as savior of the tribe.

Unless the above example is satire, this story is going to be offensive.

Line editing scrutinizes the manuscript at a sentence-by-sentence level. Word choice, syntax, and meaning are all concerns at this level of editing.

Example: They decided to go on down into the abyss. They decided to descend into the abyss.

Copy editing polishes the language and removes common errors. Spelling, formatting, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and inconsistencies are all concerns at this level of editing.

Example: We brought in the suspects, and lined them up. We brought in the suspects and lined them up.

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