I have burned through editors!

I write in a very niche genre which most editors find a nightmare to polish; sentence fragments, bad coma use, dialogue that’s technically wrong but sounds right; all of it! E.G. took my (admittedly good) jumble of words and polished them into a masterpiece. She was quick, gave great notes, told me when I was “technically” correct but showed me other options that would make it an easier read, stuff I could not have stumbled upon on my own. She not charging half what she should be! I’ll wait to release my novel before I go to another editor, seriously. She’s the best! – Alexzander Christion

E.G. is a joy to work with. She is kind, has an eagle eye, an experienced sense for things, and she knows writing. When I give her an editing project, I know it’s in good hands. – F.T. McKinstry

One of the things that can often be really difficult when trying to get your book ready for publication is finding an editor. There are many editors out there and finding the right one, to do what you need, can be quite a challenge. I hope that you’ll consider me and that we can work together to make your story something for the memory of the ages. It would be my absolute honour.

A little about my qualifications:

I am a devoted linguist. I have a MSc in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. Linguistics is the science of taking language (all language) to pieces, analysing the smallest elements, putting everything back together, and then seeing how people use that language. We look at things like syntax or grammar, semantics or meaning, pragmatics or use, and more. I choose to apply my love of language to stories, helping to craft them so they can shine.

I am also an avid reader. I read, on average, some 300+ books a year. These aren’t just books of 15k words, but full-length pieces in every genre. I review many of these books, too. (Many of my book reviews are in fantasy at the moment, but that is because writers of fantasy happened to get on my list a while back.) This extensive reading means that I know the common traps that writers fall into. I know what works well in a story and I know what will make your characters fight harder. I love reading, and if that can help others, than I am thrilled to offer my services.

Types of Editing

There are several different types of editing and you may need all or only one type for your particular story. Look at the following list and you can decide which will help you most:

  1. Developmental edit
    This is the edit for when you need help tying story together. This looks at what works and what doesn’t work in the novel on a plot or character basis and helps you change the problems into solutions. This does not look at language, at grammar, punctuation or other small problems.
  2. Copy/Line editing
    This type of editing looks at the paragraph and line level of the novel, helping to craft sentences into their best form. This edit looks at the language, the grammar, even the punctuation (though that can sometimes be left for proofreading). The point of the copy and line edit is to make sure that the style is consistent, the language flows, everything make sense logically from paragraph to paragraph and sentence to sentence. This can also look for inconsistencies that might appear throughout the story (e.g. a green shirt turning blue).
  3. Proofreading
    This is the edit for when you have your story and language down and want to focus simply on the spelling and punctuation. This is meant to make the smoothest read and get rid of all of those niggling little mistakes. Often, this is the last edit.

What I Offer

Now that you have an idea of what sort of editing is possible, here is what I offer:

Sample edit: The first chapter or 3K words of your book will be edited for free, so I can get an idea of what sort of style of writing you have, and you can get an idea of whether my edits will suit you or not.

Developmental edit: Price is $0.008 per word for just a developmental edit.

Copy/Line edit: Price is $0.008 per word for just a copy/line edit.

Proofread: Price is $0.005 per word for just a proofread.

Developmental & Copy/Line edit: Price will range from $0.01 per word to $0.02 per word. For a more specific pricing, please contact me with project specifics.

Copy/Line edit & Proofread: Price will range from $0.01 per word to $0.015 per word. For more specific pricing, please contact me with project specifics.

Developmental, Copy/Line, Proofread: Please contact me with project specifics, but it won’t be more than $0.02 per word.

If you have any concerns about pricing, or you have any other questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me!

As a writer, myself, I know just how difficult it can be to spend money on an editor. I promise, though, we do help. And if you have any difficulties with my work, I will work with you to try and improve and fix what needs fixing.

My job is not to change your book from your original idea, or to alter your unique style, but to make sure that your story and your words shine to their fullest potential. If you are interested in anything that I have to offer, please reach out! It would be my absolute honour to help authors make their stories something remarkable.