FREELANCE EDITING SERVICES

EDITING SERVICES
Sending your unedited book off to a publisher or agent, or if you're self-publishing without editing, is more dangerous than walking a high wire without a safety net. If you don’t present a professional manuscript to an agent or publisher, you won’t get a second chance. An unpolished book won’t impress or entice readers either. The decision to hire an editor doesn’t mean you aren’t an accomplished writer. Even the most experienced authors rely on their editors to catch mistakes. As an author, I know how easy it is to miss errors. You read what you know should be there. You see the scene in your head, but have you written it so your reader will see it?

My Qualifications:
I’ve been a published author since 2009. I’ve had twelve books published by two publishers. Prior to 2009, I edited a newsletter for a company and created brochures and materials for both in-house and out of company use.

You’ll receive detailed and honest feedback from me. I treasure my own editor and critique partners, so you can count on me to give you the kind of respect and suggestions I treasure from them.

How Does it Work?
I prefer to edit any genre of romance, general fiction, cozy mystery, or women’s fiction. If you don’t feel your book fits into any of these categories, send me the first five pages and let me give you my opinion on whether we will be a good match or not.

Sample Editing and Cost Decisions:
Designate Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 and send me five pages. Give me word count and genre. I will advise on the estimated time to complete the edit. The cost will be assigned at that time. Whether you choose to work with me or not, I’ll return the five pages to you, edited to Level 1 free of charge.

Many editors charge by word count. You'll pay more that way. My prices are reasonable by the page.

Level 1:
One read-through
Areas covered:
Sentence structure
Word usage
Punctuation
Over used words/clich├ęs
Identifying awkward sentences
Identifying confusing sentences
Cost: $1.00 per page

Level 2:
Includes Level 1 plus:
General story structure
POV issues
Deepening POV
Pacing
Character Arc
Conflict and Tension
Passive writing issues
$2.25 per page

Level 3:
Levels 1 and 2 with a second read-through and a final critique of the completed manuscript.
$3.50 per page

Payments will be made via PayPal.
Level 1, payment is due upon agreement.
Level 2, 50% is due upon agreement. Balance is due upon completion of edit.
Level 3, 50% is due upon agreement. Balance is due prior to final critique.

Technical Stuff:
Save your manuscript as a Microsoft Word document in Times New Roman font, 12 point, and double-spaced. Set your margins at one inch. Indent your paragraphs. I will use Track Changes in the editing process.

Let's get that book out of your computer and in front of readers! I look forward to working with you.

Contact me with questions:
brenda@brendawhiteside.com




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