Please see below for my updated 2018 rates!
BETA READING / MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES
For $.0015 USD per word ($20 minimum), I will provide detailed commentary on the following:
- Opening hook and ending
- Plot, plausibility, and logic
- Genre fit
- Setting and world building
- Craft and style choices
- Highlights and lowlights
Every beta read includes in-manuscript notes and a multipage write-up.
For $.003 USD per word ($20 minimum), I will correct or query the following:
- Spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, syntax, and usage
- Redundant, awkward, or ambiguous language
- Continuity issues
This service is meant for manuscripts that have been previously edited or that are reasonably clean copy. No rough drafts, please. The listed price is for two manuscript passes.
For authors writing in US English, my default resources are Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition and The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. For authors who prefer UK English, my default dictionary is Oxford.
For $.006 USD per word ($20 minimum), I will conduct a line-by-line edit to address the following:
- Everything mentioned in the proofreading package above
- Transitions and flow
- Issues with logic, plot, and authenticity
- Issues with craft (show versus tell, speech tags, head hopping, distant/detached POV, shifting tenses, info dumps, ineffective style choices, etc.)
Please note that line editing is most effective after big-picture elements such as plot holes, pacing, and character development have been critiqued and revised.
So that customers can gauge compatibility and be assured of the quality of my work, I offer free 1000-word sample edits upon request.
I pride myself on providing thorough, useful, and honest feedback. I also believe in explaining the reasoning behind my suggestions; this way, authors can produce not only a polished, engaging final draft, but also stronger future manuscripts. Note the word “suggestions.” Your manuscript is ultimately yours, and I don’t want to alter your voice or your vision. My primary editing tools are the Track Changes and Comments features in Microsoft Word, so you can accept or reject revisions at your discretion. If you’re unfamiliar with how Track Changes works, YouTube has a number of helpful tutorials, and I’m always willing to answer questions.
Keep in mind that even many traditionally published novels aren’t free of errors, despite running the literary gauntlet of an in-house editorial department. No one can guarantee perfection! Likewise, no one can guarantee success. I make no claims that having your book edited or beta read will earn it a publishing contract, an agent, or a spot on a Best Sellers list.
BLURB CRITIQUES AND QUERY LETTER CRITIQUES
Pricing is $20 for one round of detailed critique or $35 for two rounds.
I also offer a query combo package: $50 for a two-round query letter critique and a one-round edit of the manuscript’s first 5k.
I work with the following categories:
- Young adult, new adult, and adult fiction
- Novels, novellas, and short stories
- Speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, alternate history, post-apocalyptic), mystery, suspense, thriller, most sub-genres of romance, women’s fiction, LGBTQIA, and literary nonfiction
- Blurbs and query letters
I don’t work with the following categories:
- Non-literary nonfiction
This varies depending on the length of your manuscript and how many clients I have scheduled. If your project has a deadline, please let me know. As a general guideline, you can expect (from your project’s assigned start date) one to two weeks for beta reads or critiques and one to three weeks for proofreads or line edits.
I use PayPal. For proofreads or line edits, 50% of the total cost is due before the edit, the other 50% upon completion. The edited manuscript will be returned once I receive full payment. For beta reads or critiques, the total cost is due up front.
Refunds only apply if a project has been cancelled. I reserve the right to keep payment for the portion of the material already edited.
If an author you refer to NAM Editorial books a line edit, proofread, beta read, or critique, you’ll receive a 10% discount on your next project.
All fees are in US dollars. If pricing is an issue, please feel free to get in touch so we can discuss options.
WHAT (AND HOW) TO SUBMIT
Inquiries should be sent to email@example.com.
Include your name, your book’s genre and word count, a brief description of your project, and which type of editorial help you’re seeking.
Since I work primarily via Track Changes and Comments, it’s best to attach your manuscript as a Word document. We can discuss other file options if you don’t have access to Word. Before sending your document, please adjust your format to match the following:
- 12-point, easily readable font
- 1-inch margins
- Consistent line spacing (either double or single)
- No blank lines between paragraphs unless it’s to indicate a scene or POV change
- First lines of paragraphs indented ½ inch (use styles, the format paragraph feature, or the ruler, not the tab or space keys)
- Page breaks inserted at the end of each chapter
Nondisclosure Policy: I keep all submitted material in strict confidence and will never disclose or share authors’ names or works without their express permission.