Firstly - congratulations! Finishing a book is a massive achievement, so allow yourself time to celebrate in the best way you see fit. You deserve it! Once you've come back down to earth and caught up on that sleep you're no doubt in desperate need of, you'll be thinking of the next step - editing. Ugh!! But never fear - this is the fun part! And I'm here to help you. My aim is for you to enjoy even this aspect of the writing journey, comfortable in the knowledge that your author's voice will stay true to you, only elevated.
I edit most fiction writing and particularly enjoy romance (all sub-genres), women's fiction, paranormal, and suspense/thrillers. I work in Word, using Track Changes so it is easy to follow and see any suggestions I may have made.
The majority of work I edit is aimed at the American market, therefore, is edited using US Spelling, but I am equally comfortable working in UK Spelling if that is your preference.
- spelling, grammar, and punctuation
- appropriate use of POV (Point of View)
- consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, and capitalization
- highlight repetition of words and phrases
- check for continuity errors (character, timeline, and plot)
- basic fact checking
- an editorial letter provided to summarize points to consider
- style sheet provided for series manuscripts
Up to 3 weeks for longer works (90k upwards)
A check of spelling, grammar, punctuation, typos and incorrect use of regional English (making sure the correct terminology is used for the country the story is set).
Expected completion dates: 10-14 days
Manuscript Assessment: $90.00/novella; $120/standard novel (up to 100,000 words)
An unbiased opinion of the overall story, picking up inconsistencies, character development or plot problems as a reader and giving feedback to improve.
Expected completion dates: 7 days
Longer works up to 10 days
Due to time constraints, I don't offer Structural Editing, but I'm happy to refer you to another great editor who specializes in this service and may be able to assist you.
If you'd like to see if we'd make a good fit first before committing to working together, I'm happy to offer a sample edit of your work (up to 3000 words) for no charge. Just send me an email through the contact page with your query and we'll get started.
Just in case you're wondering - Why 'The Accidental Editor'? . . .
Once upon a time, I helped an editing friend get through her backlog of work. It snowballed and turned into a part-time editing business of my own, which to my delight, I've discovered I love. Words are a passion of mine - whether that is writing my own stories, or helping other authors' stories shine. Each story I work on leaves a lasting impression with me, and I always feel privileged to have been a small part of each book's journey into the hands of readers.
Prices are in US currency and payment is made via PayPal after work is completed.