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First-Pass Editing • Copy Editing • Content Development • Finish Editing • Ghostwriting • Publishing Preparation
Dubbed as the “Eagle Eye” by my clients, I’m an accomplished literary editor, ghostwriter, and manuscript developer, offering a variety of services pertaining to the writing, editorial, and publishing process.
I’m really what’s known as a “word geek”—meaning I love any kind of literature, and I usually have my nose buried in one book or another (reading The Chicago Manual of Style from cover to cover is actually something I’ve put on my bucket list!). In this new technological era, I really believe in keeping literature alive in our society, particularly by bringing back the passion of reading to our children, and to the younger generation as well.
Although I’ve had a gift for words my entire life, my literary talent really began to birth itself in the early 1990s, after launching my administrative career. From there, I spent more than 15 years editing, writing, developing, formatting, and critiquing business correspondence (mainly in the industry of commercial architecture and construction). After leaving the corporate world in 2007, my literary skills were further developed when I hired a professional editor to help me with my own writing (an invaluable experience, to say the least!). Finally, in 2010, I started doing freelance editorial work. Currently, I help many new authors traverse the sometimes challenging, but oh-so-rewarding terrain known as the editorial process. I really am passionate about other people’s stories; I love getting inside the mind and heart of an author so I can help them to make their manuscript the best it can be! And like many of my clients, I’m also in the process of publishing my first book.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the editorial process, I’m happy to offer a free phone consultation. And be sure to check out my Eight Common Editing Questions (a helpful Q&A guideline) in this printable PDF format. My fee schedule is below, and my first-pass manuscript edits include the following:
- industry-standard formatting
- a full copy edit
- a full content/developmental edit
- basic fact-checking
- creating a complete Table of Contents
- implementing a startup Copyright page
- implementing the appropriate areas for a Display Quote, Dedication, sample Disclaimer (if needed), Acknowledgments section, as well as an About The Author section
- initial advisement as to whether a Bibliography, Endnotes, or Permissions section is needed at the back of the book
- initial advisement and support with the back-cover copy
- a multi-page Comment Sheet containing any additional information regarding the edit
Fee (20,000 words or more):
My first-pass edits for projects 20,000 words or more start at .04 cents per word. Per-word fees may vary and are negotiable depending upon the author and project (tax included).
Fee (less than 20,000 words):
For miscellaneous projects less than 20,000 words, I charge $55 per hour (tax included).
*My résumé is available upon request.