editing & other services

 

Jennifer is available for editing and proofreading both fiction and nonfiction at competitive rates. (All prices will remain current until July 1, 2018.)

For fiction, the different levels of edit include a Structure ReadCreative Copy Edit and Proofreading. Fiction and memoir writing Mentorships are also available.

Nonfiction editing: for thesis editing and other nonfiction appraisals, please ask for rates using the ‘contact’ form in the main menu.

Free sample edits (first three pages) are available on request.

Fiction editing:

What sets me apart as an editor?

I have a background in teaching creative writing, as well as in writing creatively. I understand the craft and I don’t merely mark and correct ‘errors’; I give advice and offer detailed explanations that can help writers develop. Think of each editing pass as a personal creative writing course packaged to exactly suit your manuscript, goals and stage of writing.

My editing covers the full gamut of writing genres and styles from experimental literary fiction to romance, fantasy, crime and crossover works.

 

Structure Read:

A Structure Read looks at ‘big picture’ issues including theme, pacing, characterisation, scene balance, story logic, narrative voice, point of view and suitability to audience. Note that a minor issue can also be structural if its repetition means the entire manuscript is affected or if it shows a gap in the author’s skill-base, for instance heavy use of exposition, or random shifts in point of view in a psychologically realist work.

Overall, the purpose of a Structure Read is to highlight important issues without bogging you down in tiny details. Despite its broad-brushstroke nature, a Structure Read is an in-depth pass. You will receive very detailed and personal feedback on the flaws and strengths of your manuscript. Newer fiction writers usually walk away with stronger craft skills and sharper focus as well as renewed enthusiasm. More established writers can benefit by having a fresh set of expert eyes on their work.

A Structure Read offers solid critique with positive, actionable suggestions plus clear examples of useful techniques you can use to progress your story and develop as a writer. Think of it as a personal writing course completely geared to your manuscript and its audience.

Note: on rare occasions a manuscript will need a second Structure Read after the first because substantial rewriting has imported new structural concerns. Readers who have been through a Structure Read but don’t want the outlay of a whole new pass would be best served by occasional mentoring, which can be very helpful when you only wish to have certain parts rechecked.

Cost for a Structure Read:

$15 per 1000 words.
Sample costs: a 20,000 word novella costs $300. An 80,000 word novel costs $1200.

What you get:

At the end of the Structure Read you’ll receive a broad-ranging report that covers every issue found. All matters in the report are cross-referenced to relevant margin comments, so you can easily track where and when a problem occurs and how it might be addressed. In the report, I expand on my margin comment reasoning and often come up with new ways of addressing problems.

Margin comments are applied during the read, so they provide a more immediate and miscroscopic look at each issue. These comments shed light on exactly what I felt when I read the work, but they also go into some detail on why I flagged a problem and what I think could or should be done. (Note that when an issue is repeated very frequently, I may choose to only mark and discuss the first half-dozen instances.)

Taken together, report and margin comments provide extremely detailed, actionable feedback that any writer can use in perfecting and honing the work as well as developing stronger and more purposeful craft skills.

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Creative Copy Edit:

A Creative Copy Edit will do its best to bring work to publishable standard. While each manuscript is different, this edit will do its best to stop the reader’s eye snagging on shortfalls while bringing out the gloss and professionalism in your story.

A Creative Copy Edit suits writers who prefer their grammarians to have fiction know-how.  This editing pass will smooth and correct spelling, tighten syntax and tidy punctuation, but it may also hone descriptions, tighten imagery, encourage stronger use of mood, enhance tone, find small flaws in logic and make the opening paragraph more successful at hooking readers.

Work that has already been through a Structure Read (or other edit) will be charged at a lower rate (see ‘Cost for a Creative Copy Edit’, below).

While a Creative Copy Edit doesn’t tackle structural concerns, it can flag the presence of bigger-picture issues, and will always point out the presence of anything absolutely major. (In some cases the edit may be halted while you sort an issue out, or the work may be referred to a Structure Read instead.)

A Creative Copy Edit is an extremely close process, yet it can teach you real craft skills that enhance your career in future. For that reason it’s not cheap, but it is great value.

Cost for a Creative Copy Edit:

For all wordcounts: $30 per 1000 words.*
Sample costs: a 20,000 word novella costs $600. An 80,000 word novel costs $2400.
*For work that’s already been through a Structure Read or Mentoring, a discounted rate applies: $20 per 1000 words.

What you get:

With a Creative Copy Edit, you get corrections, suggestions and comprehensive margin commentary, with or without a separate report (only needed if multiple margin comments call for further elaboration).

All minor changes are made in the text, with ‘track changes’ turned on so that (using Word) you can accept or reject the corrections at a mouse-click. More complex changes are discussed at length. Note: if you don’t use Word, don’t give up—we can find a work-around.

Heavily-corrected work may want a separate Proofreading pass afterward, since it’s impossible to proofread with 100% accuracy when text is heavily marked, however a Creative Copy Edit will do its best to produce clean copy.

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Mentorship:

I offer various forms of mentoring. For instance, a writer may wish to submit early pieces from a work-in-progress to ask for encouragement and helpful advice on themes, goal-setting, style, world-building, characterisation, or individual techniques (imagery, dialogue, wordcraft).

Alternatively you may have completed a full draft and want overview input without detailed critique, or you may have already been through a Structure Read or some other edit and now want to gauge how well you’re refining the work part by part.

I can provide ongoing (or one-off) mentoring with a reading fee of $5 per 1000 words and a charge of $25 per half hour for discussing the work via email or phone calls. Note that if a manuscript is resubmitted within 4 months of a previous full read, and is not more than 30% new, the reading rate is reduced to a flat fee of $100.

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Proofreading:

Proofreading is the last stage before publication. In a proofreading pass, spelling, word-use and punctuation are corrected to industry standard. However like all editing, accuracy reduces when errors are more frequent or complex, so work should have been through a copy edit (or at least very good author-editing) first.

If a manuscript isn’t considered ready for a proofread, it will be returned with a suggestion that it undergoes a Creative Copy Edit instead.

Cost for Proofreading:

For all wordcounts: $15 per 1000 words.
Sample costs: a 20,000 word story costs $300. An 80,000 word novel costs $1200.

What you get:

Manuscripts will be returned with changes made in the text, and with margin comments added where the change needs explanation or where the source material was ambiguous and a decision needs to be made.

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Nonfiction editing

Please approach Jennifer via the ‘contact’ page in the main  menu to ask about editing rates, the nature of the nonfiction material (e.g. doctoral thesis or brochure), and turnaround timeframes.

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