This is my core service menu, but if you need something that isn't listed here, please Contact me so we can discuss your project. If you're looking for a service that I can't provide, I might be able to recommend someone else for you!
The Six Foundational Elements of Romance Fiction
Master the structural elements of character-driven fiction to write romance novels that readers love. This self-paced online course includes plenty of examples from popular movies, three film analyses, and even a recorded plotting call with an author to help you understand how the six elements work to build a romance story.
10 Editing Hacks
This free mini-course puts self-editing tasks into a simple list format. Follow these ten steps before you send your manuscript to beta readers or submit to agents and editors.
Join for editing tips, book recommendations, co-working invites, and more, and I'll send you a link to my 10 Editing Hacks course for free! I'll never share or sell your email address, and you'll probably hear from me about once a month.
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I offer coaching, business services and project management on an hourly or project basis. If you want to brainstorm a plot idea to ensure your story is hitting all the required beats, let's get on a call together. Are you an author who needs external motivation or nudging to stay on task? We can discuss what methods fit you and we'll schedule regular check-ins to help you maintain momentum. And if something about your work process isn't, well, working I can offer lots of other productivity tools and techniques until we find one that matches your needs.
Project pricing varies, contact me to discuss.
Developmental / Content / Substantive Editing (this one has a lot of names)
In a developmental or content edit, I look at your story as a whole and make suggestions on issues like structure, character arc, showing and telling, point of view (POV), internal and external conflict, plot holes or unresolved story lines, and pacing. I'll make comments on the manuscript itself with specific notes and also send you an editorial letter that details some of the bigger or more general points that should be addressed along with explanations, examples, and links to other resources as appropriate.
Real talk, kids: If you're a new author, you need a developmental edit. I am 99.999% sure of that. Multi-published indie authors continue to partner with developmental editors for a reason. Without a deep understanding of romance and story structure, it's nearly impossible to analyze your own writing and know which aspects of the story may still need some work.
$0.01/word (up to 100,000 words)
First, I will listen to your manuscript in audio then complete one thorough read of your story and offer suggestions within the document as well as in an editorial letter. I'm available if you have questions or would like to discuss changes after receiving my input.
Please note that my developmental editing experience has been mainly with romance fiction, so that is my strength. If you'd like me to work on a different genre, I'll be happy to discuss it with you, but I may end up recommending that you work with another editor who would be a better match for your book's needs.
Line Editing (also sometimes called substantive, just to confuse matters)
Line edits are where I do my most detailed work. At this point, your story structure should be set and it's time to dig into things like dialogue, scene pacing, tone, chapter hooks, and story details. I'll also review your writing for word choice, overuse of adverbs or fillers, clunky or confusing passages, and bad habits like repetition of words or sentence structure.
$0.012-$0.02/word (up to 100,000 words)
I'll request a sample of pages from the middle of the manuscript to determine the depth of work involved in the line edit. All edits are made within the document.
Copy edits (or copyedits) are a detailed and technical check of grammar, syntax, and spelling, and may also include research and fact-checking. My comma usage is...let's call it flexible...since I try to stick with the style that the author prefers - if you love commas and stick 'em everywhere, I'll only remove or change the ones that are absolutely necessary for readability; if you hate commas and don't want any in your manuscript, I'll remove as many as possible; and if you have no idea where commas are supposed to go and the mere thought of semi-colons makes you hyperventilate, I will punctuate judiciously for you.
$0.007/word (up to 100,000 words)
All edits are made within the document.
This is the final-final-FINAL step before you're ready to publish your book or submit the manuscript to an editor or agent. By this point, at least one other person (and maybe three or ten!) has read through the work to help you craft the best story possible and correct grammar and spelling mistakes. One last set of fresh eyes is recommended to catch those little tiny errors that everyone else skipped over - double spacing after a period, a missing word, or unintentionally going from CHAPTER TEN to CHAPTER TWELVE in your numbering.
$0.007/word (up to 100,000 words)
All edits will be made within the document.
Note: You'll notice that a proofread is the same price as a copy edit. There're two reasons for that.
1. I read the manuscript just as closely and spend the same time and effort in a CE as I do in a proof.
2. I'm terrible at boundaries and if I notice issues that should have been caught in the copy edit, I'll still point them out for you.
Feel free to contact me if you're looking for a new copy editor or proofreader, but I am taking limited CE and proof projects at this time. However, I have several colleagues I'm happy to recommend if our schedules won't mesh.
I offer a discount when booking more than one round of edits on a single manuscript. Let me know in advance if that's your intention so I can give you the best price up front.
Submission Guidelines and Process
- Use the Contact page to email me - ask questions, reserve a date, etc.
- A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold specific dates on my project calendar.
- $50 is the minimum charge for any project.
- I will send you an agreement to review and digitally sign via Adobe. (It's a super easy, clickable process.)
- All manuscript submissions should be in Word document format. I will use Track Changes and Comments to edit within the document.
- I will invoice for the balance of your edit cost (minus the deposit) the day I start work on your manuscript.
- Payment must be made in full before I return the manuscript. You may pay via credit card or bank transfer.
- If you are not able to send me the manuscript by the date you have reserved, I will do my best to work you in around other projects, but I cannot guarantee I will finish your edit by the date I originally quoted if you submit late.
Though I'm happy to work across romance sub-genres, I especially love snark, made-up words, and classic tropes tossed on their heads. If you have a billionaire CEO heroine (hey there, Lucy Score!) or a military hero who isn't a Navy SEAL (what's up, Jessica Scott!), hit a sister up! I adore seeing a heroine who saves the day and the hero who finds her competence sexy.
Chief Shedder and Editing Assistant
Arrow particularly enjoys long walks, cheese, and throat scritchies. If you ever receive a Track Changes edit from me that shows correct grammar, then something like 5y0;sjdb, then a correction back to the original phrase, that's Arrow helping me edit.
She's kinda terrible at it.
Enthusiastic but terrible.
Director (remote), Snacks and Naps
Snacks and naps. It's all right there in the title. Add in belly rubs, and you've got a happy #editorcat.
Carlos has moved in with copy editor Theresa and Arrow misses him terribly!
Carlos does not miss Arrow at all. Nor does he miss me. When I visit, he hisses and hides :D He's very happy as a remote employee now.
Resources & Affiliations
Editorial Freelancers Association
Romance Writers of America
Washington Romance Writers