Editing

What sort of edits do you do?
I do proofreading, which is just a basic final pass for typos, grammar and punctuation errors, and similar last-minute mistakes; and I do line editing, which includes proofreading but also aims to help you refine and clarify the presentation of your ideas to create the best possible experience for the reader. The prices below are for line edits (which include proofreading); proofreading is charged at 60% of the line editing price.

What genres do you edit?

Fantasy (contemporary fantasy and urban fantasy are my favourites, but I also accept high fantasy, other secondary-world fantasy, and romantic fantasy) and soft sci-fi (including sfr, space opera, sci-fi fantasy, dystopian and near-future sci-fi) are my specialties, across both adult and YA. Both can err close towards the contemporary end of the spectrum, with only light touches of magic and/or tech. I’m not the best choice for erotica, though sex scenes generally are fine.

Please DO NOT submit manuscripts that contain significant and/or detailed descriptions of children being injured and/or killed. The Hunger Games is fine and gore doesn’t bother me, but if small children are being injured/killed in order to play with the reader’s emotions*, please choose a different editor. If you’re unsure, just shoot me an email to ask, and we can work something out 🙂 (I am friendly and do not bite, promises!!)

* I have no objection in principle to using these things as a plot point or way to mess with the reader’s emotions–they can be super effective! The problem is just my own emotional reaction 😉

Why hire an editor?
Anyone who’s been writing for a while knows: you can never spot all your own mistakes (even if you’re a trained editor!). You know what you meant to say, and your brain often fills in blanks or tweaks a word here or there without you even realising. None of the books you love made it to print without an editor–a fresh set of eyes is invaluable.

Why an editor and not just a crit partner?
Editors edit potentially hundreds of manuscripts a year and are sensitised to the kind of mistakes that are usually made. They know the industry standards and know how to edit while maintaining the author’s voice.

I already hired an editor to help me with plot and character and pacing and stuff. Why do I need a line editor as well?
A line editor’s job is to comb the manuscript for fine detail. Whereas a content editor will look at major structural issues and make suggestions about how to strengthen the bones of your work, a good line editor will ensure clarity and consistency in the presentation of your ideas. I fix grammar errors, typos, punctuation and other superficial errors, but I also work with you to clarify and refine phrasing, ensure that terminology unique to your book is consistent, make sure your descriptions of character and place are consistent, and help you look for ways to improve your showing rather than telling. This is one MAJOR area that makes the difference between ‘published’ and ‘nearly published’; getting your ‘showing’ wrong can be a significant barrier to reader engagement. I can help you with that!

Can I submit a sample before hiring you? Is there a fee for this?
Yes, you can and no, there isn’t. Email me five pages from your manuscript along with your enquiry and I will return them, edited as per your requirements (proofread or line edited) for FREE. You are under no obligation to hire me after utilising this service. Please note that sample edits are limited to one free sample per client.

Can you guarantee my manuscript will be published?
Absolutely not. No editor is able to guarantee this, because publication has so many factors involved. Always ensure that you follow the publisher’s guidelines or seek feedback and advice from the person to whom you are submitting your manuscript.

How long will my edit take?
As a general rule, please expect 4 – 6 weeks for editing. If your requirements fall outside this scope, please contact me to see what we can arrange. “Rush” edits may be available for a fee, depending on my schedule.

Why do you spell some words strangely?
I’m an Australian living in Australia, so you’ll be sending me an enquiry to discuss utilising my services 😉 Please note, though, that I am very used to editing in both Australian and US spelling (and British, of course!) and will do either depending on your needs.