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Introduction and Specialty Areas
My education and background are in public relations, where I worked for pharmaceutical clients, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and many others. In 2014, I began working as an independent professional editor specializing in developmental editing for memoir and creative nonfiction. In genre fiction, my specialties are speculative fiction, historical fiction, mystery, literary fiction, flash fiction, and I especially enjoy working on manuscripts with southern themes. As a bonus, I integrate my PR skills and experience into every manuscript, pointing out steps my clients can take to help their work stand out in today’s exceptionally crowded, competitive marketplace.
In addition to taking editing-specific continuing education courses and staying up to date on style guides, grammar, and word usage trends, I'm passionate about raising professionalism in the editing community. To that end, I helped launch the Georgia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association in 2018 and serve as a chapter co-coordinator.
Assessing the Project
The first step for any project is to review the full manuscript. Often, the first few chapters are more polished while the others may need significantly more work. Reviewing the full manuscript enables me to quote a fair price and to ensure the manuscript is ready for editing.
I’m always happy to provide a complimentary edit of the first 500 words of a book-length manuscript. This helps the client get a sense of my editing style and decide if we’re a good fit. If a longer sample edit is requested, I’ll edit up to five additional pages at a cost of $6 per 250-word page. If the client chooses to work with me, the amount already paid for the sample will be deducted from the total cost.
Unless otherwise requested, my editing is based on the publishing guidelines set forth in the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition, and the unabridged Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Before work begins, both parties review and sign a letter of agreement outlining the scope, cost, deadlines, and any other specific aspects of the project.
Because I devote my full attention to your project, which may take several weeks, payment in full is required to secure your project in my schedule. For clients who are booking several months in advance, I’ll be happy to work out a payment schedule if needed.
My clients are treated with respect, kindness, and confidentiality; my editorial assessments and recommendations honor the author’s voice and are delivered in an honest yet encouraging manner. To build the best possible working relationship, I offer new clients a complimentary thirty-minute call to answer questions about their projects and the editing process.
The developmental edit is an in-depth review of structural components, including the narrative arc, character arcs, plot and plot points, world-building, setting, pacing, dialogue, continuity, consistency, etc. My service typically includes:
Line editing addresses issues at the paragraph and sentence level––transitions, grammar, punctuation, spelling, repetitive or rhyming words, consistency issues, etc. My service typically includes:
This is an effective, affordable option for manuscripts that show promise but aren’t quite ready for editing. My service typically includes:
This is an excellent and affordable choice for experienced authors who are fine-tuning their manuscripts and for authors with limited resources who want to improve their work. My service typically includes:
I love working with writers and helping them discover and navigate their paths to success. I offer coaching via telephone, Zoom, Skype, or in person (if possible). My rate is $100 for the first hour. Discount packages are also available.
In addition to editing, I offer a wide variety of writing services for authors and business clients. These include:
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