Editorial Services

Select a service from one of the menus below for more information, or simply scroll to see everything that’s available. If you can’t find what you need here, contact me and tell me what you’re looking for. In most cases, I can tailor my work to help you meet your specific project goals.   

 

Editing

Diagnostic Report

The Diagnostic Report is a written analysis of the overall “health” of your writing piece. This report will outline the unique strengths and weaknesses of your work and will give you valuable, usable information that you can apply to take it to the next level.

Here is the kind of information you will see on your Diagnostic Report:

  • An analysis of what works and what doesn’t in big-picture items, such as story line, characters, and point of view (in fiction) or organization and completeness of content (in nonfiction).

  • Examples of surface errors, such as those in punctuation, spelling, and grammar.

  • An estimated error rate, which is the average number of surface errors per paragraph or page.    

  • A recommendation for the level of editing that would best suit the needs of your work.*

*If you purchase the recommended editorial service from me, 50 percent of the report price will be deducted from your total editing price. If you purchase a different level than recommended, 20 percent of the report price will be deducted from your total editing price.

Investment: $50 minimum for up to 25,000 words; $50 for every 50,000-word increment thereafter.

Copyediting

This light-handed edit fixes surface errors (such as those in capitalization, punctuation, and spelling) in writing pieces that have a low error rate.* If needed, Copyediting will also correct word choice.  

​*Your estimated error rate—which is the average number of surface errors per paragraph or page—will be given in the Diagnostic Report. The typical writing piece has a normal error rate, which requires a minimum of Line Editing (the next level up).

Investment: $0.015 per word

Line Editing

This moderate-level edit fixes surface errors (such as those in capitalization, punctuation, and spelling) in writing pieces that have a normal error rate.* Line Editing will also fix minor problems with word choice and sentence structure.

​*Your estimated error rate—which is the average number of surface errors per paragraph or page—will be given in the Diagnostic Report. The typical writing piece has a normal error rate, which requires a minimum of Line Editing.  

Investment: $0.021 per word

This moderate to heavy edit addresses the following kinds of issues:

  • Surface errors (e.g., mistakes in capitalization, punctuation, and spelling)

  • Incorrect word choice and sentence structure

  • Inconsistent details

  • Lack of transition between ideas, sentences, and paragraphs

  • Off-topic sentences

  • Inappropriate point-of-view shifts

  • Holes in logic

  • The need for documentation

Substantive Editing

This big-picture edit looks at the building blocks that form the foundation of your writing. In Substantive Editing, I will place comments strategically throughout your piece, giving specific advice on areas such as the following:

           

In Nonfiction

  • Organization (e.g., within paragraphs, chapters, sections, or subsections)

  • Supporting information (e.g., the need for source citations, graphics, or examples)

  • Extraneous or off-topic content

In Fiction

  • Character, plot, and scene development

  • Showing rather than telling

  • Point of view

After you review the completed edit, you can either make the changes recommended in my comments or hire me to make the changes for you. (A bid for my additional work will accompany the edit.)

Investment: $0.035 per word

Proofreading

The Proofreading service points out surface errors and typesetting problems to be fixed by your designer. This service is typically performed on writing pieces that are formatted and almost ready for production.  

Investment: $0.011 per word

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Back Cover Copy (for Books)

The copy on a book’s back cover not only introduces the book to readers but also intrigues them to buy. In addition, back cover copy can be used across various marketing platforms, such as in ads, on your author website, or on your book’s online purchase page (e.g., BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com). For these reasons, back cover copy is one of the most important aspects of any book.

 

The Back Cover Copy service provides polished, compelling, and concise copy that you can use to draw in readers from multiple platforms.

Ghostwriting

Ghostwriting can help if you have a winning concept but lack the resources to turn it into a quality piece of writing. Send me a rough draft, research notes, an outline, or any other source material, and I’ll help you flesh out your concept into a solid written work.     

Copy Writing

Hire me to write blog posts, marketing copy, news and feature articles, corporate communications, and more.  

Research Writing

Hire me to compose a piece that requires moderate online research on a specific topic.

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Add-On Consultation

These scheduled phone conversations are available to anyone who has already purchased a service from me. The Add-On Consultation allows us to discuss at length your questions and ideas related to the current project.

Stand-Alone Consultation

If you have questions or ideas related to your writing project, but you're not ready to purchase one of my services, consider a Stand-Alone Consultation. In this scheduled phone conversation, you can ask for guidance in matters such as narrowing your message or overcoming a particular writing roadblock—the call is yours. 

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Next Steps

Interested in an editorial service? Click here to provide your contact information and  answer a couple brief questions about your project needs.   

If you have general questions or comments, go to my contact page.