... the ease at which a reader can read, comprehend, and—this is the most important part—submit to your story. Readability is doing everything you can do within your power as an author to ensure nothing, i.e., nebulous words, weak sentence structure, bad grammar, pronoun confusion, crude punctuation, continuity issues, no real plot, feeble plot flow, insufficient character development, poor pacing, etc., in your manuscript makes a reader stop, question, and/or leave before he or she really wants to.
I, as editor, act as a reader, trying to catch everything and anything that makes me cease reading (even for a second). If something makes me stop and pulls me out of the story, I then put on my editing hat to determine (1) what could be the reason I stopped reading and (2) how can it easily be fixed without trampling on an author’s style and tone.
Hundreds of fiction and non-fiction manuscripts have achieved great success via my readability superpower.
Romantic fiction is my passion. Editing and grammar non-fiction is my calling.
An active participant in numerous online and live reader groups for over fifty years, I know what readers like and--more importantly--don't like in a book.
I review your manuscript when you think it's ready to go. I check your prose for spelling, grammar, punctuation, continuity, flow, plot, and character development. The bad news? This is usually the longest stage in the process. The good news? The more we work together, the shorter and easier this stage becomes.
I analyze your manuscript again after you've incorporated the comments, changes, and/or suggestions derived from the First Look-See. I once again check your prose for spelling, grammar, punctuation, continuity, flow, plot, and character development, paying close attention to areas that you reworked after the First Look-See.
I proofread your manuscript, ensuring it's ready to be published.
I look at your manuscript FOUR times! I do a FREE 2,500-word sample edit before we even agree to work together. Why? This assures both of us that your manuscript is ready for a professional edit, that you're mentally prepared to have your work critiqued, and that you like my professional editing style. I also offer a recommendation for which editorial option suits your manuscript. Typically this "blind-date" stage takes seven to ten days.
$250 holds your spot in the editing lineup. (You're credited for this on your final invoice.)
$45 per hour (one-hour minimum). After the first hour, I bill on the quarter hour ($11.25). I invoice you after the Second Look-See. Once payment is received, I release my edits to your manuscript. If you're certain your manuscript is clean, tight, and ready for publishing, choose this option.
$0.02 per word based on your original word count at the First Look-See stage. Once payment is received, I release my edits to your manuscript. If you don't like surprises, choose this option.
For an extra $250, I'll write these for you after the Second Look-See.
FREE! We can review my remarks regarding your manuscript via Skype or FaceTime.
$250 reimburses me for holding an editing spot for you should you decide to end our fun before we finish the entire process.