Sometimes called a developmental or structural edit, a content edit is appropriate for a manuscript that already has all the essential components: a fully-formed plot and intentional structure; characters with clear stakes whose wants, needs, and limitations are fleshed out; a sense of place and setting; an awareness of audience expectations and elements of genre. A content edit understands a manuscript’s goals and views the project as a whole while also concentrating on individual chapters, sections, scenes, and characters to provide both big-picture and focused analysis and suggestions that support the author in realizing the manuscript’s full potential.
A content edit provides an editorial letter as well as review notes inside the document.
$4.00 per manuscript page for long-form works (novellas and novels) of 40,000 words or more.
$5.00 per manuscript page for works of short fiction between five and twenty-five pages in length.
A form of copyediting, line-editing focuses on style and language. A line-edit is appropriate for a manuscript in its final stages after big-picture revisions have been made. Line-editing attends to consistency in tone and point-of-view, trims redundancies, reduces unnecessary passive voice, ensures clarity of meaning, smooths transitions, and pays special attention to dialogue, including trimming or adding dialogue tags for clarity and ensuring characters’ voices are consistent throughout the story. The purpose of a line-edit is not to attend to basic grammatical or punctuation errors.
Line-editing provides track change edits, review notes within the document, and a short overview and explanation note.
$5.00 per manuscript page for long-form works (novellas and novels) of 40,000 words or more.
$5.50 per manuscript page for works of short fiction between five and twenty-five pages in length.
Spaces are limited. All services must be scheduled following a consultation and may take 2-6 weeks to complete depending on the length of the manuscript. Manuscript pages are double spaced and set in 12 point Times New Roman font with 1” margins. Ghost writing services are not offered.
In the subject line, please specify your interest in either “Content Edit” or “Line-editing” services and whether your project is “Short” (5-25 pages) or “Long” (40,000+ words).
In the body of your message, please include: a short description of your project (genre, plot, and character details are welcome), both word count and page count, your preferred timeline for receiving these services, and any other details relevant to the project or services requested.
You will receive a response (generally within 2-3 business days) with information about available dates for a project of your specifications. To book an available time slot, you will be asked to place a small deposit that will be applied toward the final cost of services rendered.