Writers' Corner

Photograph by Consuelo Collier

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.

Testimonials

“Consuelo Collier is the Jedi Knight of editors with a mystic’s soul. I certainly recommend her and would definitely use her again.”

Kelly Sullivan Walden
Bestselling Author, TV Personality
Los Angeles, California
kellysullivanwalden.com

“Consuelo is a pleasure to work with. She is excellent at editing and formatting and her communication skills are exemplary. I will be working with her again and I look forward to it.”

Shonagh Home
Author, Shamanic Therapist
Redmond, Washington
shonaghhome.com

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Consuelo during the first-pass edit of my book. I was able to understand her process because she clearly outlined the steps to me. I was always welcomed to contact her with any questions or concerns (and of course, I had them!). I was nervous about the entire editorial process, but Consuelo eased me through it. Consuelo is confident in her editing abilities, and it shows in her work. I even learned a few things from her. I would most definitely work with her again!”

D.J. Burr, LMHC, NCC
Chief Executive Officer, ABLE Counseling Services
Seattle, Washington
ableseattle.com

“I just did the first pass-through on my new, clean manuscript, and I enjoyed it immensely! You made my voice so much clearer, and a lot funnier as well. Your attention to detail is phenomenal, and your professional touch invaluable. What can I say? Because a mere “thank you” is not enough. At any rate, thank you for editing my manuscript and, more importantly, teaching me how to become a better writer. You have made this journey of writing my first book so much richer and more fulfilling.”

Susu Vieira
Author, Interior Designer
Denver, Colorado
helovesmehelovesmeknot.com

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