Only these select fiction genres are accepted for editing: Action-Adventure, Hard-core Crime, Detective, Military, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, and Western. These are what I look forward to reading. I do not read or edit: Chic-Lit, Children's books, Christian, Cozy mystery, Erotica & porn, Fantasy, Gay and lesbian, Graphic novels & comics, Historical, Horror, Humor comedy and satire, Inspirational, Literature, Mashups, Occult, Paranormal, Plays and screenplays, Poetry, Romance, Science fiction, Short stories, Steam punk, Supernatural, Women's fiction, and Young adult or teen stories. Please do not submit these genres. Under the broad categories of copyedit, fact check, substantive edit, and proofreading books are evaluated for: The basic mechanics of writing: spelling, punctuation, scene separation, word usage, tense, and subject-verb agreement. Character development, main characters must be described clearly and in depth for the reader to feel empathy for them. Sentence structure, do sentences vary in length? Are they well organized or confusing? Details, too little, just right, too much? Research, are the facts as presented accurate? Plot, is the story believable, especially considering its time period and locale ? Suggestions will be made to strengthen and improve weak key plot elements Writing Style: will the reader be drawn into the story and held to the conclusion? Continuity: does the plot flow well; are the characters steadfast and believable? Do scenes mesh or conflict? Dialog and Narrative: a mundane writing style can be converted and improved to unique and exceptional. Condensation: unneeded words, phrases and repetition can be eliminated to tighten the writing .
1. Authors: Complete the 'Contact Me' form to request a free sample edit of your book.
2. Please email the first ten percent of your MS Word document manuscript to: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. The edited sample will be returned with a firm price quote, usually in seven to ten days. Editing is recorded with MS Word’s Track Changes feature and is performed to the standards of The Chicago Manual of Style and the Merriam Webster Dictionary.
4. If the author requests an edit of their complete book, payment is then due at $0.009 to $0.015 cents per word for the entire book based on the level of editing required. A tentative completion date, not a firm date, will be provided then. Payment is through PayPal.com to the email address: email@example.com Delivery back to the author is dependent on the number of words in the book, the number of corrections and suggestions found during editing, and the number of clients ahead of your story.
A compelling review of your book will be posted at Amazon.com and Goodreads.com after a full book edit.
Without exception, all books are edited in the order they are accepted. I do not charge extra to move one author ahead of another.
I perform this service myself—there are no interns. I don’t promise a fast turnaround because no one can read an 80,000 word book and give an Accurate and Thorough Book Edit in a condensed and rushed time frame. Some editing services rely on computer editing programs which are inadequate. I personally read and analyze every word in two passes.
No manuscripts under 30,000 words or over 125,000 words are accepted.