Freelance Fiction Editing for Authors
You’ve already done something amazing – you’ve written a book. I can help you polish it so that your story shines and readers won’t want to stop reading.
I edit the same types of books I enjoy reading: general fiction, women’s fiction, romance, young adult fiction, and children’s books. I can help you turn the draft of your historical, fantasy, or contemporary novel into a great read.
A thoughtful assessment of the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses, with in-depth notes on how to make the book even better. Focused on writing and story craft. This includes one reading of the manuscript and a 5-20 page editorial letter with notes and suggestions. (This does not include corrections to spelling/grammar.)
Clarifying and/or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure. This is more intensive than the manuscript evaluation, includes the above editorial letter as well as in-manuscript notes and suggestions to improve the story and structure of the manuscript. (This does not include corrections to spelling/grammar.)
Checking all the little things like spelling, grammar, punctuation and word usage. This is a detailed edit that makes sure the manuscript is correct, complete, and consistent. This may include some rewriting or rearranging of text.
Reading proofs of a finished manuscript. The final check for spelling, grammar, punctuation, misplaced words, completion of copyedits, and correct layout. (This may include light copyediting but is not a full copyedit and does not involve rewriting sentences or rearranging content.)
I have a Bachelor’s degree in communications (focus: professional writing) and nearly ten years’ experience as a professional communicator. I’ve done a combination of writing and editing for businesses, non-profits, and independent authors. On top of all that, I’ve studied copyediting, proofreading, fiction writing, developmental editing, and more through in-person and online courses with Mount Royal University, Liminal Pages Editing, and more. Oh, and I’m a pretty big reader and word nerd. I started this book blog more than nine years ago so I could write about the books I’m reading. That’s how much I love stories.
I’m a member of the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors.
When you email me about an editing project, I’ll respond with a project intake form for you to complete. It gives me all the details about your project – the word count, genre, timeline, your goals, and so on. This helps me determine if I’m the right editor to help you and create that custom quote for you.
Once we agree on the project details, we’ll both sign a simple contract that clearly states what work I’ll be doing, the deadline, and the cost. Then, I’ll invoice you for a 50% deposit before I start work. Once the deposit is paid and I have the document in my inbox, I’ll get to work. I will always aim to get the project completed on time, and if possible finish it early.