Writer Support Services

I offer several services to my fellow freelancers at competitive rates.  I will read anything you send me, though I do have my preferred genres and strengths.  I am a historian and anthropologist by training (emphasis on European history and Native American and Middle Eastern archaeology).  As a reader, I most commonly read fantasy (all types including urban fantasy and contemporary urban fantasy), science fiction (typically sociological, war/military, and space opera), romance, and historical fiction.

Invoicing is through PayPal.  I do require an initial deposit of 25% of the full cost of the project up front, refundable only if I am unable to deliver the services defined below.  Turnaround times will be defined at the time of contracting.

Be warned: I edit by hand on paper with real pens.  If you want digital-only editing, there will be an additional fee based on the length of the manuscript.  Please contact me with questions regarding rates for this sort of service.

I am not responsible for manuscripts lost in the mail when I have forwarded them on to you.  However, if this does occur, please feel free to contact me and I will see what I can do to assist you.

All of your work remains your property.  I’m just helping you make it better.

First Reader Services

First Reader Services include light proofreading and content editing, continuity editing, and honest opinions of the story, its flow, the characters, and the plot.  Content and continuity editing ensures that the character who had blue eyes on page seven doesn’t suddenly have brown eyes on page 200 and identifies sticky spots where things just don’t make sense or don’t feel right.  Light proofreading includes catching the most egregious of spelling errors, punctuation mishaps, and sentences that don’t make sense.  For non-fiction manuscripts, I will check for contradictions between paragraphs and ensure that a reader is able to follow the arguments you are making, as well as possibly (depending upon the subject) offer additional suggestions to strengthen your arguments.  Full proofreading is offered as a separate service and is available for an additional fee.

Rates

  • Fiction
    • $1 per double-spaced page (size 11-12 standard font such as Times New Roman, Tahoma, Minon Pro, Arial, and other common font faces) with one inch margins for the First Reader service.
    • $2.50 per double-spaced page (size 11-12 standard font) with one inch margins for proofreading and First Reader services.
    • Non-fiction
      • $2.50 per double-spaced page (size 11-12 standard font such as Times New Roman, Tahoma, Minon Pro, Arial, and other common font faces) with one inch margins for the First Reader service.
      • $5 per double-spaced page (size 11-12 standard font) with one inch margins for proofreading and First Reader services.

The manuscript will be returned to you in one of two formats (your choice): an original printed hardcopy with my original handwritten comments and a key to any abbreviations I may have used or as scanned images of your manuscript.  There is an additional fee for scanning of $0.10 per page.

Proofreading services

Proofreading services include checking for spelling errors, grammatical flaws (including passive voice in academic works and bad sentence and paragraph structure), and incorrect formatting (ie single spaces between sentences versus doubled spaces, badly formatted block quotes, incorrectly used italics, etc).  I will do my best to make your manuscript as perfect as I can.  This editing does not search for continuity errors or content errors, it is simply proofreading.

Rates

  • Fiction
    • $2 per double-spaced page (size 11-12 standard font such as Times New Roman, Tahoma, Minon Pro, Arial, and other common font faces) with one inch margins for Proofreading Services.
    • Non-fiction
      • $3.50 per double-spaced page (size 11-12 standard font such as Times New Roman, Tahoma, Minon Pro, Arial, and other common font faces) with one inch margins for Proofreading Services.
      • Citation style checking is available for an additional fee.  Please contact me for rates, as they will vary based upon citation style.

The manuscript will be returned to you in one of two formats (your choice): an original printed hardcopy with my original handwritten comments and a key to any abbreviations I may have used or as scanned images of your manuscript.  There is an additional fee for scanning of $0.10 per page.

 Ebook Formatting Services

Coming soon – please contact me if you are in need of assistance with this for the time being and I will see what I can do for you.  I do not do cover design.

Interested in retaining my services?  Please use the form below to contact me.

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