EDITING SERVICES

I am pleased to now offer a variety of editorial services to help writers prepare their manuscripts for submission and publication. I hold a Copyediting Certificate from The University of California San Diego Extension, and I've had four young adult novels traditionally published. Since earning a BA in French with minors in English and communications from Ouachita Baptist University in 2012, I've also worked as freelance copywriter, producing web copy on just about every topic under the sun, from solar energy and home renovation to personal injury law. 

I enjoy helping writers identify strengths and weaknesses in their work and coaching them toward the desired outcome for a project. As a writer who has received my fair share of editorial notes, I know that the most talented editors do not enforce their will with an iron fist, but instead make queries and suggestions that enhance the writer's creative vision.

 

Whether you're looking for broad feedback on your work-in-progress or a close edit to prepare a final draft for submission, you will likely find a service here that suits your needs. If you don't, feel free to reach out and discuss an approach that is tailored to your project. I can't wait to read your work!

Developmental Edit

  • What you receive: a comprehensive editorial letter with broad-stroke feedback relating to plot, characterization, pacing, dialogue, and world building. For a full manuscript, expect a 3-4 page letter. For a partial manuscript, expect 1-2 pages. 

  • Cost: $0.005 per word

  • This service is ideal for: writers who sense that one or more big picture elements of their work could be improved. Maybe you suspect that the pacing is a little off, or that the world building could be more defined and unique, or that your characters' motivations feel unrealistic. Maybe you have no idea where the plot is going next! A developmental edit can help you find the right direction for the work. 

Comprehensive Edit Package

  • What you receive: a detailed line edit with Track Changes comments, suggestions, and queries, as well as a 3-4 page editorial letter with broad-stroke feedback on plot, characterization, pacing, dialogue, and world building.

  • Cost: $0.01 per word 

  • This service is ideal for: writers who have a complete manuscript that is likely to be submission-ready with a few big picture improvements and a good polishing. Note: if you sense that your project requires moderate to heavy revising, a developmental edit may be a better fit. 

Query/Submission Package

  • What you receive: detailed feedback on your query letter, synopsis, and first 10 pages or first chapter (whichever is longer).

  • Cost: $100

  • This service is ideal for: authors who have  a complete, polished manuscript and who are preparing to submit to agents and/or editors. 

Line Edit

  • What you receive: a detailed review of your manuscript with Track Changes comments, suggestions, and queries at the sentence and paragraph level. These notes will address stylistic choices and syntax, as well as wording that is confusing, bloated, awkward, or ill-defined.

  • Cost: $0.0075 per word 

  • This service is ideal for: writers who feel good about the big picture elements like plot and placing and are ready to dig into the nitty gritty. A line edit will refine your manuscript and help prepare it for submission to an agency or publishing house.

How 

Copyedit 

  • What you receive: a close edit to ensure mechanical consistency and address problems with grammar, syntax, usage, and diction. This will also involve querying inconsistencies and structural/organizational problems. (Note: copyediting is more in-depth than proofreading, which is a review of a final document that has already been copyedited).

  • Cost: $0.03 per word 

  • This service is ideal for: a manuscript that has been edited at the line and sentence level and is now ready to be prepped for publication. 

Plot Critique

  • What you receive: a review of your synopsis (or synopsis-in-progress) followed by an in-depth analysis and back-and-forth discussion of potential plotting and pacing issues. 

  • Cost: $100

  • This service is ideal for: authors who are struggling to connect the dots and outline a cohesive story. 

If you would like to retain my services or have any questions about which editing package is best suited to your editorial needs, email me at hkwest20 (at) gmail (dot) com or use the form on my contact page. Please include a brief description of your project and goals. I look forward to working with you!

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