Editing Services

Editing is for the reader.

Editing ensures the best comprehension of a story for the reader. When a writer can cross the line of taking edits personally, to understanding edits are about reader comprehension, the partnership between writer and editor becomes a productive and girls-2769555_1920fun working relationship.  An editor looks at how the reader perceives your message. Is that the message you are wanting to convey and is it doing the job? If not, what’s the better way to get the message across? Your editor has suggestions.

I specialize in fiction for middle grade, young adult and new adult audiences.

There is a general idea out there in the writing world, or even general population, that writing for kids is easy, or easier than writing for adults. The opposite is actually true. Writing for a younger audience requires understanding a kid’s point of view. Not only understanding it, but being able to stand in it, be the child, feel the young person’s feelings.

Creating convincing dialogue for different ages and stages takes study, observation and practice. Is your protagonist 11 years old, or 13? It’s only two years, but they will use slightly different vocabulary.

Stories for kids are much cleaner than stories for adults. And I’m not talking about the x-rated kind of clean, I mean the writing is tighter, there are no wasted words, the stories move cleanly, the language is active. This doesn’t mean the stories are not complicated, they can be, especially for YA and NA. There is less time to capture the attention of a young person and then once you’ve got it — hold on to it. If you don’t, they’ll shelve the book and move on.

book-2468248_1920Clear, clean, concise writing, convincing dialogue, and telling a story without preaching a message are all necessary when writing for young audiences. All of my writing and editing experience has been with manuscripts for middle grade (MG) (8-12), young adult (YA) (13-18) and new adult (NA) (18-25) audiences.

Definitions:

 

 

 

 

Middle Grade (MG) Young Adult (YA) New Adult
(NA)
An engaging, keep-your-reader-turning-the-pages plot and a strong, sympathetic age appropriate protagonist, and an equally compelling antagonist.
Word Count (in general) 20,000-35,000 35,000-85,000 35,000-85,000
Target Audience age 8 – 12 years 14 – 18 years 18 – 25 years
Age of main character 11 – 14 years 16 – 18 years 18 – 26 years
Slightly higher word counts are acceptable for fantasy and sci-fi stories where world building is necessary.

Four levels of editing:

There are four levels of editing, and none should be skipped. Each is an important step in the process:

  1. Developmental editing: Big picture or macro edit to identify plot holes and character development.
  2. Substantive editing: A heavy line edit that improves clarity, flow and readability. Sometimes cutting or moving passages is necessary to ensure a stronger scene. (I recommend and offer two rounds of substantive editing.)
  3. Copy editing: A light line edit done after the big edits are complete. Includes final polishing and fixing of minor mistakes.
  4. Proofreading: An essential final step before a manuscript proceeds to publication. Proofreading skills require the ability to “find the needle in the haystack” in the final hunt for typos. Proofreading services are best through a fresh set of eyes, I have a proofreader that I defer to for this edit.

I’m looking for clients who are interested in working their stories through all editing processes. If you are looking for just copy editing or just proofreading, sorry.

TIP:

Read Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson and Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks. Apply the teachings in their books to your writing.

Manuscript submission guidelines

computer-1185626_1920Your MG, YA or NA manuscript should be at the point where you don’t know how to improve it any more, you’ve done your best and you’re ready for another experienced writer/editor to lend a helping hand. That’s where I come in.

This is the beginning of your editing journey that will prep your manuscript for submission to a traditional publisher or for self-publication.

  1. All submissions should be on 8.5 x 11″ white paper, typed in Times Roman 12 pt font and double-spaced.
  2. Submitted in Microsoft Word 2007, or later — .docx file.
  3. The complete manuscript is far beyond first draft with multiple editing passes completed by the author. (No first drafts!)

I have over six years experience editing, and being part of an editing team with a publishing house, offering suggestions to improve manuscripts for publication.

Fee structure: 

Developmental Edit Substantive Edit Copy Edit Proofreading
Fees

 

$.02/word  Round 1: $.03/word $.01/word $.01/word
Round 2: $.02/word
Includes:
Notations on Manuscript using tracked changes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Document with extra notations/ suggestions if required.

Yes

Yes

Number of follow-up emails

3

3

1

1

 Extra services:
Phone call. $15/first 20 minutes, plus $1 for every additional minute.

Yes

Yes

Skype call (face-time): $15/first 20 minutes, plus $1 for every additional minute.

Yes

Yes

Invoices are sent via PayPal. Half of editing fees are due upfront, with the remaining half due upon project completion. Payment is due on receipt of invoice.

I respect the environment. All submissions and editing responses will be completed digitally.

Editing services are not provided for:

  • Picture Books
  • Adult literature
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry

To submit your manuscript:

Contact me using this form. Tell me a bit about yourself and your manuscript. Confirm that you are interested in all four levels of editing. Paste the first 25 pages of your manuscript in this email for review. I will be back to you within 14 days if your manuscript is accepted for editing.