I specialize in commercial fiction: mystery, suspense, historical fiction, thrillers, romance, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and women’s fiction. I don’t accept horror, inspirational, juvenile, or nonfiction manuscripts. Check out this list for more detailed information.
The difference is one of focus, macro vs. micro. A big-picture look at the overall story vs. zooming in to sentence structure and word choice. Most of the developmental edits will come in the form of an editorial letter, while line edits are made in the manuscript file, either in comments or directly to the [...]
My standard turnaround time is two weeks for each editing round, from the date scheduled for payment and manuscript delivery. The turnaround time guarantee applies for jobs delivered and paid on time. In situations of late payment or late manuscript delivery, I will do my best to rearrange my schedule to accommodate the delay but [...]
Simply contact me to inquire about my availability. If I find your project a good fit I’ll let you know when I have openings in my schedule.
While there’s no requirement to reserve a slot in advance, my schedule may fill up so it may be helpful to book ahead. Editing jobs sometimes get rescheduled though, so don't hesitate to check whether if I can fit you in on short notice.
Payment is due in full on the date I’m scheduled to receive the manuscript and begin the job.
I accept payment in US dollars only, via my PayPal account. I’m open to considering other methods of payment (in US currency), although I don’t accept personal checks.
I require manuscripts to be delivered in an .rtf or .doc(x) file, and I will return the edits to the author in docx format. I don't accept pdf files for editing. My formatting preferences are 12 point Times New Roman font, 1" margins, and either double spaced or 1.5 line spacing. If I'm line [...]
When line editing I catch the majority of typographical errors, so the manuscript will be polished enough to submit to agents and editors. However, if you’re planning to self-publish, I advise hiring the services of a professional copy editor and/or proofreader. I recommend Tara Mandarano’s copy editing service: http://www.taramandarano.com/.
If authors take the time to self-edit their manuscripts, they end up getting more bang for their buck when they hire an editor. Any glaring weaknesses and plot holes will naturally become the focus of an initial editing pass. If the author has already tackled those, an editor will be better able to see less obvious flaws [...]