Samples of any of these services are available upon request.
Editorial Assessment. For an editorial assessment, I read the completed manuscript and make some top-line recommendations. It is a cursory version of a full substantive edit. The assessment is given in the form of a short letter. Cost, $500.
Substantive Edit. This includes an editorial letter, which highlights big-picture observations from your story. Topics addressed include, but are not limited to: Characterization, Tone, Theme, Plot Concerns, and Pacing. Letters are typically 5-15 pages long and may offer suggestions for fixing particular problems. This edit also includes going into the document and making comments and edits using track changes. One-hour phone call available if author requests. Cost, $1000.* For each additional round, $500.
Line Edit. A line edit is a comprehensive examination of the manuscript at a micro-level. All edits are made using track changes and include, but are not limited to: tightening sentences, deleting text that is redundant, revising word echoes, clarifying murkiness, reducing wordiness, and making the manuscript CMS (Chicago Manual of Style) compliant. This edit includes two complete edits of the manuscript and a final polishing. The manuscript if print ready at the conclusion of this process. Cost, $2000.
Copyedit. A copyedit is simliar to a line edit with one exception: the text is edited in one complete round, not two, and the author is responsible for accepting or rejecting any text changes. I recommend hiring a proofreader if you have your manuscript copyedited and not line edited.
Proofreading. Once a manuscript is typeset, a proofread includes identifying widows, orphans, loose lines, as well as confirming that the guidelines established in the style sheet and the Chicago Manual of Style have been properly applied. This final stage also allows for catching last-minute problems in the manuscript. Cost, $20/hr.
*for up to 95K words. Manuscripts over 95K words will cost more. Inquire about pricing for titles less than 60K words.