TIER 2 SERVICES

If you have a completed manuscript that's ready for editing or are looking for retainer services, you've come to the right place.

SERVICE DESCRIPTIONS

Basic Copyediting: Nonfiction Books

Starting at $900 

(depending on manuscript length and scope of work)

In a single nonfiction manuscript of 50,000–75,000 words, I'll check and fix issues such as the following: 

  • Spelling

  • Punctuation

  • Hyphenation

  • Grammar

  • Usage (commonly confused words, such as accept versus except)

  • Capitalization

  • Making sure the manuscript conforms to a certain style (such as a style manual or a house style)

  • Abbreviations

  • Formatting citations

  • Checking citations for accuracy

  • Footnotes or endnotes other than citations

  • Checking tables for accuracy

  • Illustrations

  • How numbers are treated (spelled out or numerals)

  • Syntax (issues of word order—this tends to be more of a concern in poetry)

  • Cross-references (references within the manuscript to other parts of the same manuscript)

 

Important: Choose this option if your manuscript is already fairly clean (such as if someone else has already edited it).

Basic Copyediting: Fiction Books

Starting at $1,100

(depending on manuscript length and scope of work)

In a single fiction manuscript of 60,000–90,000 words, I'll check and fix issues such as the following:

 

  • Spelling

  • Punctuation

  • Hyphenation

  • Grammar

  • Usage (commonly confused words, such as accept versus except)

  • Capitalization

  • Making sure the manuscript conforms to a certain style (such as a style manual or a house style)

  • Abbreviations

  • Formatting citations

  • Checking citations for accuracy

  • Footnotes or endnotes other than citations

  • Checking tables for accuracy

  • Illustrations

  • How numbers are treated (spelled out or numerals)

  • Syntax (issues of word order—this tends to be more of a concern in poetry)

  • Cross-references (references within the manuscript to other parts of the same manuscript)

 

Important: Choose this option if your manuscript is already fairly clean (such as if someone else has already edited it).

Heavy Copyediting: Nonfiction Books

Starting at $1,800 

(depending on manuscript length and scope of work)

In a single nonfiction manuscript of 50,000–75,000 words, I'll check and fix issues such as the following:

  • Spelling

  • Punctuation

  • Hyphenation

  • Grammar

  • Usage (commonly confused words, such as accept versus except)

  • Capitalization

  • Making sure the manuscript conforms to a certain style (such as a style manual or a house style)

  • Abbreviations

  • Formatting citations

  • Checking citations for accuracy

  • Footnotes or endnotes other than citations

  • Checking tables for accuracy

  • Illustrations

  • How numbers are treated (spelled out or numerals)

  • Syntax (issues of word order—this tends to be more of a concern in poetry)

  • Cross-references (references within the manuscript to other parts of the same manuscript)

Important: Choose this option if your manuscript needs a lot of work (such as if no one else has checked it).

Substantive Editing: Fiction or Nonfiction Books

Starting at $1,800

(depending on manuscript length and scope of work)

In a single manuscript (fiction or nonfiction) of 50,000–90,000 words, I'll check and fix issues such as the following:

  • Cohesion (flow), including transitions between paragraphs and/or chapters

  • Tone (author's attitude toward the subject)

  • Diction (appropriateness of word choices for the audience, tone, and context)

  • Ambiguity

  • Awkward phrasing

  • Adjusting or reformatting tables (as opposed to just checking them for accuracy)

  • Lingering plot holes

  • Lingering problems of logic, fact, and/or consistency

  • In-depth work on character arcs and development, theme, and/or foreshadowing

Heavy Copyediting: Fiction Books

Starting at $2,200

(depending on manuscript length and scope of work)

In a single fiction manuscript of 60,000–90,000 words, I'll check and fix issues such as the following:

  • Spelling

  • Punctuation

  • Hyphenation

  • Grammar

  • Usage (commonly confused words, such as accept versus except)

  • Capitalization

  • Making sure the manuscript conforms to a certain style (such as a style manual or a house style)

  • Abbreviations

  • Formatting citations

  • Checking citations for accuracy

  • Footnotes or endnotes other than citations

  • Checking tables for accuracy

  • Illustrations (correct captions, numbering, placement, and references to illustrations in main text)

  • How numbers are treated (spelled out or numerals)

  • Syntax (issues of word order—this tends to be more of a concern in poetry)

  • Cross-references (references within the manuscript to other parts of the same manuscript)

 

Important: Choose this option if your manuscript needs a lot of work (such as if no one else has checked it).

Retainer: Writing-Process Calls

$1,000/month

You and I will have regular 1-hour phone or video calls (up to 3 times per week/12 times per month) in which you can bounce ideas off me and get my professional feedback on your work. Whether you have specific questions or are just plain stuck, you can ask me anything!

Retainer: Developmental-Editing Calls

$2,000/month

You and I will have regular 1-hour phone or video calls (up to 3 times per week/12 times per month) in which I'll help you develop your manuscript. We'll work on structure, plot, argument, character development, theme, thesis, or whatever other big-picture issues you have questions about.

Retainer: Writing Daily Emails

$2,000/month

Let me take care of your day-to-day customer outreach. You tell me the deals you're offering and anything else you want included, and I'll write up to 5 emails per week for you.

Retainer: Writing Weekly Blog Posts

$2,000/month

Strapped for blog-post ideas? Leave it to me! Tell me the subjects you want to address and the points you want to make, and I'll write up to 4 posts per month for you.

Retainer: Editing Content Teams' Posts

$2,000/month

Already have a content team but need to unify their voices or fix their commas? I'll polish up your writers' posts to make sure your brand has a consistent, cleanly formatted message.

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