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I provide developmental editing, alpha reading, and feedback services for a range of fiction genres including crime, mystery, thriller, magical realism, fantasy, historical, and contemporary fiction for MG, YA, and adults. I love crossovers and genre mash-ups!

I am not a good fit for heavy romance, erotica, or religion.

As a client, you'll receive a standard Non-Disclosure Agreement for each project we work on together. This is my promise to you that I won't discuss your work with anyone without your consent. 

Reach out with questions or schedule a free consultation to book a service. We'll chat on a text-only (no video or audio), stress free page of this website. We can talk about options, recommendations, and goals through messenger or email. Check here for how to prepare.

I'm an independent freelancer; I do not sub-contract your project to other freelancers. When you hire me, you can trust that I do all the work myself and I'm always available to you.

Find helpful definitions of the different types of editing here.

Feedback/Critique

We can all agree that writing is hard. Feedback is an essential part of the process no matter how many pages, stories, or books you've written. While we all love hearing family and friends gush about our writing, it's not necessarily helpful on our journey to improvement. Also called a critique, the most effective feedback is kind, honest, and unbiased. 

Choose this option if you're testing a piece or it keeps getting rejected. 

What you'll get:

You'll receive a separate document with my notes. You'll see what works and what doesn't—both within your genre and the industry. You'll learn how well you handle specific aspects of fiction, with close attention to the key devices of your genre. You'll gain clarity for special concerns we've discussed and can consider recommendations that I offer. 

Feedback package: $0.015 per word

USD—billed up front, single pass

Consider adding a second pass at just 50% of your total bill!

Feedback includes...
  • what does & doesn't work

  • writing style & genre review

  • special concerns we discuss

  • recommendations

Great option for...
  • manuscripts

  • short stories

  • chapters/partials

  • pieces with lots of rejections

$0.015 per word

Alpha Reading

When you finish a piece and you want someone to give you more detailed information than general feedback, you're at the alpha reading stage.  Often incorrectly called "beta reading", this stage examines your story structure and potential next steps.

 

Choose this option for fears of plot holes, arc concerns, and other "big picture" worries.

What you'll get:

You'll receive two documents of notes. The first includes everything offered in the Feedback package PLUS any major holes in plot, character, or structure and recommendations for your project's future. The second is your manuscript with in-line notes about your language usage, chapter breakdowns, and overall story concept thoughts. I'm happy to clarify any of my notes.

Alpha Reading package: $0.025 per word

USD—billed in installments, single pass

Consider adding a second pass at just 50% of your total bill!

Alpha Reading includes...
  • what does & doesn't work

  • writing style & genre review

  • special concerns we discuss

PLUS

  • plot, character, and structure review

  • language usage

  • chapter and overall review

  • recommendations

Great option for...
  • manuscripts

  • short stories

  • no/few prior readers

  • self-revised works

$0.025 per word

Developmental Editing

This is the most important, time-intensive, and emotionally exhausting stage of the writing process. It's essential for all projects because it shows you the difference between the vision in your head and what made it onto the page. Every writer's process is different; a good developmental editor should create a relationship with you, collaborate on ideas and problems, and advocate for your story's success—especially when you're ready to give up. 

Find handy explanations of developmental editing on MasterClass and my definitions page.

Choose this option if you're serious about getting your work published. This stage typically requires a new draft (or several) and extensive rewrites. It's painful but it's part of the process and worth the effort.

What you'll get: 

This service includes multiple passes of your project at all different stages of your process. For each pass, you'll receive two documents of notes: everything offered in the Alpha Reading package including the line, chapter, and overall notes on your manuscript PLUS a deep review of how you handle the foundations of writing, your narrative structure, missing research points, tips and tricks for your genre, stuff that got lost along the way, and recommendations for any major changes or other ideas to consider.

You'll receive emails along the way letting you know where I am in your story, major things to prepare for, and any predictions I have. When the first pass is finished, you'll pay the remainder of your bill and I'll send you the first pass notes. 

Take all the time you need to go through the notes; rewrite, revise, and reach out as often as you'd like. Feel free to send me snippets or chapters, weird questions, plot adjustments, etc, and ask for help as often as you want. This is a long-term relationship, I'm with you until your manuscript is polished (we'll line-edit together) and ready for publication. It's all included. 

Editing Package: $0.05/word

USD—billed in installments, multiple passes

If you completed Alpha Reading or Feedback services with me, enjoy a 25% discount when you bump up your project to Developmental Editing.

Developmental Editing includes...
  • what does & doesn't work

  • writing style & genre review

  • special concerns we discuss

  • plot, character, and structure review

  • language usage

  • chapter and overall review

  • recommendations

PLUS

Great option for...
  • manuscripts

  • self-revised works

  • "I need help"

$0.05 per word

I'm happy to discuss details about services, my process, what you can expect, and more during our free consultation chat. Click here to ask questions and schedule our chat! Check this for easy chat prep.

Add-ons

Second Pass

If you purchased the Feedback or Alpha Reading service, revised, and want another pass, this is the option for you! 

Second Pass add-on: 50% of your original bill

Discounts/Bonuses

Continuations

If you purchased the Feedback or Alpha Reading service, revised, and want to bump up to Developmental Editing for the same project, enjoy a 25% discount! 

If you purchase Developmental Editing services for multiple projects in a series, enjoy a 25% discount on each project!

Recommendations

If another client sent you to me, enjoy a 10% discount!

 

If you send a new writer my way, enjoy a 10% discount on your next (or existing) service!

Rights

You own the rights to your material. My job is to help you find the best words to express your thoughts. I will never claim rights to your work or charge royalties fees. 

Additional protections: you receive a signed, standard Non-Disclosure Agreement for each project we discuss. 

Billing 

I invoice through PayPal in installments. You'll put a 50% deposit on file up front and pay the remainder of your balance when the work is completed. Your deposit is fully refundable until you receive a bill for the remaining balance. I will email you before each bill (except for coaching). 

PayPal offers direct withdrawal and credit card options as well as an internal installments plan with no interest. I'm happy to work with you to find a structure that suits your needs.

US residents may submit a 1099 contractor form depending on cost so you can claim my service as a business expense. This is your choice.

The PLS fee structure is on par with the Editorial Freelancers Association reported average. 

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