My editing services provide the “stepping stone” between finishing a manuscript and perfecting it.
I’ve been through the hunt for professional feedback many times and I’ve watched the costs climb and sometimes the quality drop. I’ve been involved in critique groups that can take you only so far. My goal is to come alongside you to coach you in writing craft and help you prepare for the publishing process.
My editing services are geared toward instructing authors. I don’t just help perfect your manuscript, I help perfect your craft.
*Please note: I only edit fiction manuscripts.
**Schedule** Nadine Brandes - Not currently accepting new clients. Elizabeth Miller (Line Edit, Copyedit, Proofread) - Soonest opening: June
Pricing summary: (descriptions below)
- Full Edit – $0.025/word (100,000-word manuscript = $2,500) – $150 base cost
- Comprehensive critique – $0.02/word (100,000 words = $2,000) – $100 base cost
- Line Edit – $0.01/word (100,000 words = $1,000) – $50 base cost
- Editorial Review – $0.005/word (100,000 words = $500) – $100 base cost
- Copyedit – $0.006/word (100,000 words = $600) – $100 base cost
- Copyedit + Line Edit – $0.012/word (100,000 words = $1,200) – $100 base cost
- Proofread – $0.0035/word (100,000 words = $350) – $50 base cost
- First 10 Pages – $80
- Hourly Rate – $75/hour – min: 1 hour
Full Edit – $0.025/word (100,000-word manuscript would be $2,500)
This is a two-part edit that starts with a comprehensive critique and ends with a line edit.
The comprehensive critique breaks down your novel in the best possible ways. It evaluates your story as a whole and is about 80% of the full edit. I would return your manuscript with 100-400 notes, suggestions, and changes inside the document. I do this using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes.
A comprehensive critique will leave you with a lot of revisions that will take you anywhere from one week to several months to apply. After you apply the edits, you return your manuscript to me and I then do the line edit.
On the line edit, I go through you manuscript line by line and essentially smooth things out. I clarify some points, suggest transitions, ask questions, and correct some formatting and typos (I recommend getting a copyedit for that.)
In this edit, I’m looking at your revisions and buffing out some of the rough patches. This goes by much faster than the comprehensive critique.
The full edit is my most intensive edit and will instruct you regarding the writing habits that can clog your writing. When you are finished with a full edit, you will have further knowledge and notes to help you with all future novels.
Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks for the comprehensive critique. 2-4 weeks for the line edit.
Comprehensive Critique: $0.02/word ($2,000 on a 100,000-word ms)
The comprehensive critique evaluates your story as a whole (and is the first part of a full edit — see above.) I dig into the strength of your story’s hook, the originality of your premise, plot, level of engagement, character development, show vs. telling, POV consistency, and so on. I would return your manuscript with 100-400 notes, suggestions, and changes from me. I do this using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes.
A comprehensive critique will leave you with a lot of revisions that will take you anywhere from one week to several months to apply.
Turnaround time: 6-8 weeks.
Line Edit: $0.01/word ($1,000 on a 100,000-word ms)
A line edit involves the me going through you manuscript line by line and essentially smoothing things out. I clarify some points, suggest transitions, ask questions, smooth out choppy sentences and wording, catch last small cases of showing vs telling, and correct some formatting and typos (I recommend getting a copyedit for that.)
In this edit, I’m looking at your revisions and buffing out some of the rough patches.
Turnaround time: 2-4 weeks.
*Note: A Full Edit (above) includes both a Line Edit and Comprehensive Edit. If you’ve already received a Comprehensive Edit from me on your entire manuscript, then the Line Edit fee drops to $0.005/word.
Editorial Review: $0.005/word ($500 on a 100,000-word manuscript)
In an editorial review, I will read your entire manuscript, evaluating your hook, premise, character arc, craftsmanship, and depth of engagement. I will then provide you with a 4-6 page summary of what I consider the strengths of your writing and then areas of improvement.
The editorial review is a great place for new authors to start because it focuses mostly on the big picture before delving into the more specific “tightening” side of an edit.
Turnaround time: 4-6 weeks.
Copyedit: $0.006/word ($600 on a 100,000-word manuscript)
The copyedit is one of the final steps in rewriting. This is a line-by-line review of the manuscript that checks for punctuation, grammar, typographical errors, redundancies, word choice, capitalization, inconsistent tense, and other details. This is the edit you want when your manuscript is finished and preparing for publication.
All copyedits are completed by my assistant, Elizabeth Miller, and are of the highest quality. She will go through your full manuscript multiple times and make adjustments using Track Changes.
Turnaround time: 4-6 weeks.
Line Edit/Copyedit Combo: $0.012/word ($1,200 on a 100,000-word manuscript)
The line edit and copy edit are often the last two edits a manuscript will receive before publication. These are the technical edits that you can read about in detail above and the most thorough edits you can receive to prepare your book for publication.
This combo is completed at a discounted cost by my assistant, Elizabeth Miller. She will go through your full manuscript multiple times and make adjustments using Track Changes.
Proofread: $0.0035/word ($350 on a 100,000-word manuscript)
A proofread is different than a copyedit, though the names are often incorrectly used interchangeably. A proofread involves checking the page proofs for problems introduced during typesetting, such as bad hyphenation breaks, spelling errors, typos, and punctuation errors. Proofreaders do not normally fix grammatical or factual errors unless they are really egregious. A proofreader reads through your already-formatted and typeset novel. Not a Microsoft Word draft.
All proofreads are completed by my assistant, Elizabeth Miller. She will go through your proofed pages and make a list of needed changes to send to your typesetter.
Turnaround time: 2-4 weeks.
First 10 Pages Review: $80
The first 10 pages of your manuscript can reveal a lot about your style and quality of writing. Some of the most applicable feedback I’ve received from an editor has been over my first ten pages. If you’re willing to apply yourself, often times many of the suggestions can be applied to the full manuscript.
In this edit, I provide extensive and detailed comments in the margin of your document using Track Changes. It’s basically a comprehensive critique (see above) applied to your opening pages.
Turnaround time: 2-4 weeks.
Hourly Rate – $75/hr
I also offer an hourly rate if you want to see how far I can get into your pages in an allotted amount of time or under a specific budget. You can choose the type of edit you would like me to do (this works best with the comprehensive critique) and I will apply that to your manuscript during the time specified.
My speed of editing revolves strongly around the quality of the manuscript I am editing. But, so you at least have a ball park, I tend to edit between 8-12 pages per hour.
Turnaround time: varies.
The Shalom Edit – discounted Editorial Review
This is my favorite edit to do, but it takes a little extra perseverance from you. The Shalom Edit is geared toward new authors, authors who have never had a professional edit before, authors on tighter budgets, authors with plans to self-publish, and pretty much any author to whom a discounted edit would be a blessing.
It is an application process. You can find all the details and the application form if you click the upper left tab called Shalom Edit or if you just click here.
I accept Paypal (you would receive an invoice after agreeing to services.) All payment is to be made within 10 days after submission. Larger works can be divided into up to four payment installment with installments paid in advance of each section of work. Please contact me for a quote.
A 20% partial payment is required as a placeholder if you want to secure a spot in my editing schedule. I am often booked for months at a time.
**Schedule** Nadine Brandes (all edits) - Soonest opening: August 1st, 2016 Elizabeth Miller (copyedit) - Soonest opening: May 1st, 2016
If you are interested my services, please send me a message through my contact page with the following information:
- Your name
- The genre and current word count of your manuscript
- The intended age-group of your manuscript
- A small description of your manuscript (don’t worry, I don’t edit these. 🙂 )
- The type of edit you are seeking
- Any questions you have about my services
When I have responded to your initial contact, I will instruct you via e-mail on the next steps required. Please send all manuscripts in the following format:
- Word document
- Times New Roman
- 12 pt font
- Double spaced
- One-inch margins.
If it does not arrive in this format, I will adjust it.
I do all that I can to help you perfect your manuscript but please remember that editing is an extremely human process. I can’t promise that your document will be 100% error free after any of my edits.
**Note: It is my personal policy not to endorse or review manuscripts that I have edited.
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