COMPLETE MENU OF SERVICES & RATES

 

 

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES

 

"Quick Read" Manuscript Evaluation  Payment is based on a sliding scale: under 60K words – 1.6 cents/word; between 60K-90K words – 1.1 cents/word; between 90K-115K words – 1 cent per word; over 115K words - 0.9 cents/word. Your editor reads your manuscript and compiles feedback in a short editorial letter, usually ranging from 2-3 single-spaced pages. This service provides a streamlined overview of strengths, weaknesses, and problem areas in the manuscript. (Please note that if this is your first time seeking professional feedback, we do NOT recommend this service. We recommend a basic or extensive critique instead. This service is intended for those writers who simply want a second opinion on a manuscript, oftentimes to ask about one or two specific areas of concern, e.g. "Does the ending work?" or "Is the plot twist believable?")

Basic Manuscript Critique  Payment is based on a sliding scale: under 60K words – 1.9 cents/word; between 60K-90K words – 1.4 cents/word; between 90K – 115K words – 1.3 cents/word; over 115K words – 1.2 cents/word. Your editor reads your full manuscript and compiles feedback in an editorial letter, usually ranging from 4-7 single-spaced pages. This critique letter summarizes feedback on a range of issues, including any or all of the following: pacing; flow of narrative; transitions; voice; plot; structure; dialogue; character development. This service does NOT include comments made directly into the manuscript draft.

Extensive Manuscript Critique – Payment is based on a sliding scale: under 60K words – 2.2 cents/word; between 60K-90K words – 1.7 cents/word; between 90K-115K words – 1.6 cents/word; over 115K words – 1.5 cents/word. This service is a more thorough, detail-oriented version of the basic manuscript critique described above. Your editor reads your full manuscript and compiles feedback in an extensive editorial letter, usually ranging from 8-10 single-spaced pages. (Recommendations will typically be more numerous, detailed, and specific as compared to a standard manuscript critique.) This editorial letter covers feedback on a range of issues, including any or all of the following: pacing; flow of narrative; transitions; voice; plot; structure; dialogue; character development; audience; potential market. This service does NOT include edits or comments made directly into the manuscript draft.

Partial Manuscript Critique – Minimum word-count is 2,500 words. Payment is based on a sliding scale: under 5K words – 5 cents/word; between 5K-10K words – 4 cents/word; between 10K-20K words – 3 cents/word; between 20K-30K words – 2.5 cents/word; between 30K-60K words – 1.9 cents/word; between 60K-90K words – 1.4 cents/word; between 90K-115K words – 1.3 cents/word; over 115K words – 1.2 cents/word. Your editor reads your partial manuscript (usually the beginning of a manuscript in progress) and writes a detailed editorial letter covering feedback on a range of issues, including any or all of the following: pacing; flow of narrative; transitions; voice; plot; structure; dialogue; character development. The length of these critiques varies based on the length of the partial manuscript. This service does NOT include edits or comments made directly into the manuscript draft.

Second Read Manuscript Critique – The price of your initial manuscript critique minus 25% (If your initial service was something other than a critique, the rate for a second read critique will be calculated based on the following sliding scale:  under 60K words – 1.6 cents/word; between 60K-90K words – 1.1 cents/word; between 90K-115K words – 1 cent per word; over 115K words - 0.9 cents/word. After you have completed an initial full or partial manuscript critique (described above), you have the option of a “Second Read Critique,” where your editor reads your revised manuscript and writes a second, shorter critique assessing how well you have addressed his/her concerns, and what concerns still linger.

 

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

 

Developmental Editing Type A: Extensive editorial letter – Payment is based on a sliding scale: under 60K words – 2.2 cents/word; between 60K-90K words – 1.7 cents/word; between 90K-115K words – 1.6 cents/word; over 115K words – 1.5 cents/word. This service is also known as an “Extensive Manuscript Critique”. Your editor reads your full manuscript and compiles feedback in an extensive editorial letter, usually ranging from 8-10 single-spaced pages. This editorial letter covers feedback on a range of issues, including any or all of the following: pacing; flow of narrative; transitions; voice; plot; structure; dialogue; character development; audience; potential market. This service does NOT include edits or comments made directly into the manuscript draft.

Developmental Editing Type B: Editorial letter PLUS feedback in the margins – Payment is based on a sliding scale: under 50K words – 3 cents/word; between 50K-90K words – 2.5 cents/word; between 90K-115K words – 2.3 cents/word; over 115K words – 2.2 cents/word. You send your manuscript and your editor sends it back with extensive comments in the margins throughout the document. Your editor will also provide an editorial letter summarizing macro feedback on the work at large, as well as any additional feedback that hasn't already been captured in the margin comments. This service does NOT include line-edits made directly into the manuscript via track changes.

 

LINE EDITING

 

Content Editing (a.k.a. “Comprehensive Editing”)  Between 2.5 - 6.5 cents/word. With this service, we request a sample in order to quote an exact per-word rate. The reason is that this service can be extraordinarily time-consuming depending on how “messy” the draft is to begin with. Your editor will pore over every sentence in the book, making hundreds (if not thousands) of edits directly into the text to improve the content and style. This service touches on everything from big-picture commentary (character development, plot, structure, pacing, thematic resonance, etc.) to nitty-gritty sentence-level details. Whereas copyediting is primarily focused on fixing errors, identifying inconsistencies, and polishing the text, the goal of content editing is to improve the writing at every level, making the story more compelling and the language more taut. Edits are made using the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word.

Copyediting – Between 1.5 - 2.5 cents/word. With this service, we request a sample in order to determine whether you will need standard copy editing or intensive copy editing. Standard copyediting includes corrections for grammar, punctuation, capitalization, verb tense, spelling, sentence structure, awkward phrasing, and word usage errors. Intensive copyediting covers all of the above with an additional focus on style, consistency, clarity, pacing, and dialogue. Edits are made using the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word.

Proofreading – Between 0.85 - 1.0 cents/word. Please refer to this article for an explanation of the difference between copyediting and proofreading. Unlike copyediting, proofreading is typically done on a PDF or print-ready file and includes corrections for typos, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. Editor will also check for visual disruptions in the text layout, e.g. widows and awkwardly placed hyphens at the end of a line. Proofreading is intended as a final check; the manuscript should already have been through at least one round of line editing.

 

WRITING COACHING
 

The writing coaching process varies by coach. The descriptions below are a suggested starting point. (These descriptions also assume that the client is out of town and must discuss work via phone. If client and editor are both local to the same city, arrangements can be made for in-person meetings in lieu of or in addition to phone calls.)

Monthly Coaching (Light) – $275/month, minimum 3-month commitment. Client will submit up to 15 pages per month. Work can be a combination of new or revised work based on the feedback/guidance from the previous deadline. For each submission, feedback will be given either in a 1-3 page letter, a 30-minute phone call, or comments in the margins of the draft, with the goal of shaping and strengthening the work for publication.

Monthly Coaching (Standard) – $375/month, minimum 3-month commitment. Client will submit up to 25 pages per month. Work can be a combination of new or revised work based on the feedback/guidance from the previous deadline. For each submission, feedback will be given either in a 1-3 page letter, a 30-minute phone call, or comments in the margins of the draft, with the goal of shaping and strengthening the work for publication.

Monthly Coaching (Heavy) – $450/month, minimum 3-month commitment. Client will submit up to 50 pages per month. Work can be a combination of new or revised work based on the feedback/guidance from the previous deadline. For each submission, feedback will be given either in a 1-3 page letter, a 30-minute phone call, or comments in the margins of the draft, with the goal of shaping and strengthening the work for publication.

Hourly Coaching (Most Flexible Model) – $95/hour (or $85/hour when you purchase a block of 10 hours or more). Client purchases a block of hours (minimum block is 5 hours) to use with Coach. Client may make use of the coach’s time during those hours however he or she prefers, e.g. sending manuscript pages to be marked up with comments, talking on the phone, meeting in person to review work, requesting feedback on a query letter or synopsis, etc. Coach keeps track of all time spent and is responsible for updating client about time spent and time remaining. Hours may be rolled over from month to month but expire one year after purchase date.

 

OTHER SERVICES

 

First Chapter Critique & Line Edit – 5 cents/word (2,500 word minimum). In addition to a 1-2 page feedback letter addressing the strengths and weaknesses of your first chapter, your editor will also make suggested edits directly into the text using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes tool. You’ll walk away with both big-picture and detail-oriented feedback on your chapter.

Book Proposal Review & Line Edit – 5 cents/word (2,500 word minimum). Your editor will review your book proposal, including a sample chapter from the book, and make comments in the margins on its strengths and weaknesses. He/she will also make suggested edits directly into the text using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes tool.

 

Picture Book Critique – Between$150 - $250, depending on length. Your editor will review your picture book manuscript and address some or all of the following topics: age appropriateness and marketing viability; character motivation, pacing, language, overall story concept; image possibilities; suggestions for craft books and/or other picture books to study, depending on what aspects of the text need strengthening; line editing, if at the stage, where an overall “re-envisioning” is not needed.

Screenplay Critiques – 0.5 cents/word reading fee + $250 flat critique fee. Your editor will read your full screenplay and compile feedback in an editorial letter, usually ranging from 5-7 single-spaced pages. This editorial letter will cover feedback on a range of issues, including any or all of the following: pacing; transitions; voice; plot; structure; dialogue; character development; audience; potential market. This service includes one round of follow-up questions via email or 30-minute phone call. This service does NOT include edits made directly into the manuscript draft.

Poetry Chapbook Critiques – $8-10/page depending on how densely-packed your poems are. Your editor will read your chapbook manuscript and provide detailed feedback in the margins as well as a 1-2 page editorial letter summarizing feedback on the collection as a whole. This service includes one round of follow-up questions via email or 30-minute phone call. 

Short Story Critiques – For individual short stories under 3,000 words, 6 cents/word. For longer short stories or collections of short stories totaling 3,000-10,000 words, 4 cents/word. For longer short stories or collections of stories totaling 10,000-30,000 words, 3 cents/word. For longer short stories or collections of stories totaling more than 30,000 words, 2 cents/word. Your editor will read your short story (or collection of stories) and provide feedback in an editorial letter. The length of the feedback letter will depend on how many short stories you submit for critique. (If you submit multiple stories for critique, your editor will give feedback on them separately as well as on how they hang together as a collection.) Depending on the specific strengths and weaknesses of your stories, your editor may choose to insert comments into the margins (if needed) to supplement her editorial letter. The prices here do NOT include line edits made via track changes. If you would like your story or stories critiqued AND line edited, please submit a sample so that we can give you a custom quote.

Content Editing for Short Stories – For individual short stories under 3,000 words, 8 cents/word. For longer short stories or collections of short stories totaling 3,000 - 10,000 words, 6.5 cents/word. For longer short stories or collections of stories totaling 10,000-30,000 words, 5 cents/word. For longer short stories or collections of stories totaling more than 30,000 words, a sample is needed to determine the exact per-word rate for content editing. Your editor will review your short story (or collection) and provide line edits directly into the text as well as feedback and creative suggestions in the margins of the draft. She may also This service includes one round of follow-up questions via email or 30-minute phone call.

 

PUBLISHING SERVICES

 

Query Letter Review & Line Edit – $250 flat fee (or $225 if combined with another service). Your editor will review your existing query letter draft and make comments in the margins on its strengths and weaknesses. He/she will also make suggested edits directly into the text using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes tool.

Synopsis Review & Line Edit – $250 flat fee (or $225 if combined with another service). Your editor will review your existing synopsis draft and make comments in the margins on its strengths and weaknesses. He/she will also make suggested edits directly into the text using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes tool.

Publishing Consultation – $45 per half-hour phone consultation. Topics include: self-publishing vs. traditional publication; finding and querying your ideal literary agent' miscellaneous guidance on navigating the path to publication. Phone consultations must be paid in advance. Time will be rounded to the nearest fifteen-minute interval.

Follow-Up Consultations (After Completion of an Editorial Service) – A complimentary 30-minute follow-up phone consultation is included with most of our services. Beyond that, additional phone consultations are available to discuss revisions with your editor at the rate of $45 per half-hour call.