I’ve been writing since my grandmother taught me how to write my ABCs. Since then, I’ve been published in a variety of places including ChristianDevotions.us, Thriving Family magazine, Splickety Love magazine, and various books. I’m represented by Jonathan Clements of Wheelhouse Literary Group.
I coauthor The Write Editing, a blog where Andrea Merrell and I provide writers with professional answers to their writing and editing questions. I also write for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference blog.
I’m also a freelance editor. Several of my clients have gone on to win awards for their writing or their books, including Best New Writer at Write to Publish, Selah Awards, and the prestigious Director’s Choice Award at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.
I’ve served as an Associate Editor at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, where I edited fiction and non-fiction books and was on several of their publishing boards, including Firefly Southern Fiction and Beacon Heritage.
Perfecting Pages Editing Service
Preparing Your Pages for Print
I have a passion for reading entertaining fiction and inspiring nonfiction. Combine that with my love for writing, and my internal editor leaps with joy.
Every book, article, and devotion deserves to be the best it can be. A thorough round of editing followed by a proofread is an excellent way to perfect your pages.
That’s where I come in. Experienced in editing blog posts, web material, devotionals, and manuscripts, I love bringing an author’s manuscript to its fullest potential. Understanding the value of excellence, I want to see your work shine so publishers will take notice.
I offer the following editing services:
*Note: I have worked with fiction writers in several genres, including contemporary, intrigue, suspense, sci-fi/fantasy, and historical. I am also willing to work with children’s chapter books. I do not have experience with children’s picture/board books. And I apologize in advance, but I don’t read Amish fiction, so I wouldn’t be comfortable editing this genre. If I am very busy or don’t think I would be a good fit for your editing needs, I do have a network of editors I can refer you to.
Proofread – $30 per hour
I look for the basic errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, formatting, etc. I recommend this be the final stage of the editing process.
Copy/Line Edit – $38 per hour
I look for basic grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors, as well as basic content issues that may have been missed in a substantive/content edit. These are minor issues such as a slip up in POV, a slight mishap in the timeline, etc. These are not major issues such as character development and plot structure.
Substantive/Content Edit – $50 per hour
In addition to the items I look for in a copy/line edit, I will be looking for character arc and development, story structure, tension, conflict resolution, and other things craft related. If you are writing nonfiction, I will be considering your voice, authority, and anecdote usage, among other things. I recommend this type of edit to be the first part of the editing process.
Mentoring – $75 per hour
I highly recommend this service if you are a first-time writer looking for an editor. I find that first-time authors make the typical “mistakes,” including (but not limited to) overuse of adverbs and adjectives, telling instead of showing, and POV (point of view) errors. I like to mentor you through a rewrite of your manuscript so that you are learning grammar and the craft of writing as you go through the process of editing your book. This is a back-and-forth process between me and my client. My promise to you is that you will be a stronger writer and your story will be in much better shape by the time we are finished, providing you are willing to take sound advice, do the required work, and put in the time necessary to complete the task. When you are finished, your manuscript will be ready for a professional edit. Please note that our communication will primarily be through e-mail.
Proposal Critique – $7 per page
I saw a lot of proposals when I worked for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, so I know what grabs an editor’s attention and what doesn’t. If you would like me to review your proposal and point out its strengths and weaknesses, I would be happy to help.
Manuscript Critique – $1 per page. Minimum 20,000 words.
Maybe you don’t want an edit. Maybe you’d just like someone to look through your manuscript and point out its strengths and weaknesses and offer suggestions. If so, this service is for you.
*Note: If you would like me to consider your manuscript for a proofread/copy edit or substantive editing services, please send me your first 3 chapters and your final chapter (no prologues or epilogues). This will give me a basic idea what shape your manuscript is in. I will then provide you with an estimated cost. If you would like a sample edit, I will provide one for your first 3 pages.
*Note: I do not read entire manuscripts before editing them. Many first-time authors seem to expect an editor to do this. This takes valuable time and is not realistic. If you would really like me to do that for you, I will do so for a reader’s fee of $500, in addition to the cost of the editing service.