Editing & Design Services
$0.01 USD ($0.015 CAD) per word
I will assess your novel for structure, tension, worldbuilding, character development, and more. See the FAQ for my editing style and genre specializations.
What you get: An editorial letter.
$0.015 USD ($0.020 CAD) per word
I will edit your novel for structure, tension, worldbuilding, character development, and more. See the FAQ for my editing style and genre specializations.
What you get: Comments in the margins and an editorial letter.
$0.02 USD ($0.027 CAD) per word
I will edit your novel to ensure it is clear, concise, and a pleasant experience to read. See the FAQ for my editing style and genre specializations.
What you get: In-line suggestions to improve prose.
Query Package Critique
$150 USD ($200 CAD)
I’ll provide feedback on your query letter, synopsis, and first 5000 words so you can make your best first impression to literary agents or publishers.
What you get: Comments in the margins and in-line suggestions.
$0.002 USD ($0.003 CAD) per word
I will format the interior of your book according to your specified dimensions. I can design clean, minimalist chapter headers and cover pages as well.
What you get: A print-ready PDF and an EPUB file.
Custom Map Design
$199 USD ($275 CAD)
I’ll hand-draw a map of your fantasy or sci-fi world in Photoshop. A region map is $199; a world map is $299. (Add $99 for colour.)
What you get: A print-ready PDF and a JPG for digital use.
There are four types of editing, generally done in this order:
- Developmental editing (also called substantive or content editing), which is all about the big picture—structure, tone, character, pacing, plot development, etc.
- Line editing (also called stylistic editing), which focuses on paragraph-level issues—tone, clarity, and word choice—and making your novel a pleasant experience to read.
- Copy editing, which involves fixing inconsistences and grammar issues, such as dangling modifiers, incorrectly-placed commas, and spelling.
- Proofreading, which occurs after the book has been typeset, and is a last chance to double-check spelling, look for typos, adjust widows and orphans, and fix formatting errors.
Your book should go through all of these edits; if you’re working in traditional publishing, your publishing company will handle them (you don’t necessarily need to hire a professional editor before submitting to an agent or publisher). If you are an indie author, your novel should go through each stage of editing, but you don’t necessarily need to hire a separate editor for each, especially if you are on a budget. Having a good team of beta readers behind you could help you do some developmental editing on your own. Coming back to the manuscript with fresh eyes could enable you to do some of the grammar-level fixes as well. But, if you’re able, I recommend hiring a professional editor somewhere along the line.
What your book might benefit from most depends on your writing. Do the structure, pacing, and plot need attention? Hire a developmental editor. Is the story in place, but you want to ensure the prose is coherent and enjoyable to read? Hire a line editor. Are you in the final stages of publication, and it needs an eye for grammar issues and last-minute errors? Hire a copy editor or proofreader. Some editors also combine multiple types of editing into one service.
I specialize in developmental and line editing, and you have the option of combining those two services into one if you choose.
A manuscript critique ($0.01/word) is basically developmental editing lite. It’s similar to a beta read, but done by a professional. I will read your manuscript and send you a 5–15 page editorial feedback letter that evaluates its plot, structure, tone, voice, point(s) of view, worldbuilding, pacing, dialogue, consistency, and characters.
The difference between this and developmental editing is that a manuscript evaluation does not include in-line suggestions. It’s a good choice if you are on a budget and can apply feedback without in-line comments. This can also be a helpful option for querying authors. You don’t necessarily need a full developmental or line edit if you are seeking traditional publishing, because agents don’t expect perfect manuscripts in their inboxes (though they can both be helpful for learning how to level up your writing). If you’re getting requests for fulls and then rejections, a manuscript critique can give you ideas on how to revise your novel.
Fill out this form to request a manuscript critique.
When I do a developmental edit ($0.015/word), I focus on your story as a whole, asking questions like: Does the pacing feel too fast or too slow? Are the characters drawing me in? Is the dialogue serving a purpose? Is every scene doing its job? I pay attention to the following areas:
- Point(s) of view
- Character Arcs
I will add comments in the margins and email you a letter summarizing my feedback to use as a guide when you write your next draft. My developmental editing service is likely the best fit for you if your manuscript is in its early stages. You may have had some beta readers look at it, but it still needs rewriting and reshaping.
Fill out this form to request a developmental edit.
When I line edit ($0.02/word), I focus on tightening up sentences at a paragraph level. I suggest fixes for issues like:
- Writing in a passive voice
- Using too many adverbs or adjectives
- Telling vs. showing
- Using unnecessary words or phrases
- Unclear phrasing
- Unintended shifts in tone
- Mixed metaphors
I will make in-line suggestions in the manuscript using Track Changes (ask if you would like me to include margin comments explaining changes for learning purposes). My line editing service is likely the best fit for you if you’ve had several beta readers look at your book, have incorporated feedback and done a round of edits yourself already; you’re past the point of deleting or rewriting huge sections, and your book needs tightening up at a sentence level.
Fill out this form to request a line edit.
Yes. I can can combine developmental and line edits, plus I will correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar, into one service for $0.025 USD/word. However, I only recommend doing this if your book doesn’t need a lot of large, structural changes (because line and copy edits are wasted if you are going to be deleting and rewriting pages of text). Your book will still need a proofread afterwards.
What you get: Comments in the margins, in-line suggestions, and an editorial letter.
I specialize in science fiction, fantasy, and select nonfiction. For fiction, I will work on adult, NA, YA, and middle grade stories, and I give priority to diverse voices. As a disabled and bisexual woman, I particularly love to see that representation.
For nonfiction, I’m a good fit for topics involving pop culture, video games, tabletop games, health/disability, music, or art.
Yes! In fact, I encourage you to request this to ensure we’re a good fit for each other. I will edit five double-spaced pages for free.
Absolutely. Let me know what accommodations you need.
I prefer email communication. If you need phone calls or in-person contact, I am not the best choice for you. But if you love written communication, we may work well together! I usually respond to emails within two business days.
I have a collaborative approach to the editor/writer relationship. I make it a point to respect your author’s voice. I’m here to help you write your book, not to fundamentally change it or mess with your style. I always suggest solutions for potential problems and articulate why they are problems; this way, you can consider alternate fixes if my suggestion doesn’t fit your vision.
After graduating university with a BA in English, I was trained in editing at Toronto Metropolitan University through their Publishing program. I did an editorial internship at a periodical, worked as a managing editor at a magazine for three years, and worked as an editorial director at a small sci-fi and fantasy publisher for another four years (where I read through tons of query letters and worked with authors one-on-one). You can see issues of the magazine I edited here (though these don’t include all the online articles) and a list of the books I’ve edited on my Goodreads shelf here (though these don’t include unpublished and recent projects I’ve worked on).
The time it takes to complete a project depends on its scale and complexity. Contact me with the details of your book and your preferred deadline.
Yes! Graphic novels are a completely different beast than novels; I’m familiar with the grammar rules, and I enjoy working on them. My editing rates are $0.01/word (script only) or $5/page. If you are hiring me to edit the script only, I can do more of a developmental edit. If you are hiring me after the novel is formatted and lettered, I will do a line edit/copy edit/proofread; I try to ensure that the size of speech bubbles won’t need to change with my edits.
I ask for a 25% deposit before I start your project. I will send you a contract to sign, and invoices can be paid securely via bank transfer, credit card, or PayPal.
I edit in Word, and I prefer standard manuscript format (8.5 x 11, double spaced, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman, size 12). I can also edit in Google Docs if you prefer.
I cannot. I can only promise to give you my best advice based on my publishing and editing experience.
For book editing, I use Google Docs or Word (whichever you prefer). I also use ProWritingAid for a final grammar check when I’m line editing. For graphic novel editing, I use Adobe Acrobat to leave comments and suggest changes to the text. I use Photoshop and a Wacom drawing tablet for my maps. For interior formatting, I use Vellum.
I took acrylic painting lessons for several years as a teenager, then picked up digital painting as an adult. I took some college-level design courses and worked as a graphic designer and layout artist for newspapers/magazines for several years. I’m mostly self-taught where digital art and mapmaking is concerned, with some tips picked up from other artists and YouTube tutorials.
Absolutely! This is very helpful, even if it’s just scribbles and dots showing where you want cities and rivers.
A region map is a 6″ wide by 9″ tall map of a region (think a closeup on a specific area in your world). A full world map can be any aspect ratio and can include up to three continents.