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Fiction Editing Services

Substantive Editing:

My substantive editing service is primarily for fiction manuscripts and short story. Fiction editing is significantly different from non-fiction editing. You are not purchasing proofreading/copyediting services.

I will provide you, the client, with suggestions to create a polished manuscript. These suggestions cover clarity regarding point of view, plot, character development, action orientation and placement of characters. You’ll also receive ideas for replacing passive verbs, cutting down on wordiness, eliminating clichés, and notes regarding redundancy.

Before you purchase my services, you may submit one sample page free of charge which I will edit and return to you. This will give us both an opportunity to see if we suit. There is no limit as to the amount you wish to have edited. You may submit a scene, a chapter, a section, or an entire manuscript.

Please note: I do not edit or critique horror or explicitly graphic fiction.

Fee information:
• Substantive editing $1 per page (or a $5.00 minimum if you submit less than five pages).
• Fees are calculated on the number of pages before editing.
• There is a minimum fee of $5.00
• For editing, you pay half the fee upon submission. When the first half has been edited and returned to you, you decide if you want me to complete the second half of the project. If yes, then you’ll submit the other half of the fee.

A 200 page manuscript = pay $100 for first 100 pages then review my work then pay $100 for second 100 pages.

This gives you an opportunity to stop the process if you are not satisfied with the results.

Please do not pay until you have queried me with a sample page, negotiated a time frame for your edit completion, or discussed whether your manuscript content meets the above criteria. Fees are non-refundable.

 

Critiques:

If you are not interested in substantive editing, but want an unbiased reader’s opinion, I will read and provide a written critique. My written critiques can run from three to ten pages depending on the length of the manuscript or short story. The critique covers writing mechanics, characterization, plot, structure, setting, dialogue, internal and external narratives and areas of strength and weakness. I will also comment on parts of the story I liked and did not like and if there were any basic rules overlooked. An example is showing instead of telling.

Please note: I do not edit or critique horror or explicitly graphic fiction.

Fee information:
• Critique is $20 for anything up to one hundred pages. Then add the same fee for every additional one hundred or portion thereof. (A manuscript of 150 pages pays a total of $40).
• Fees are calculated on the number of pages before editing.
• There is a minimum fee of $5.00

A 200 page manuscript = pay $100 for first 100 pages then review my work then pay $100 for second 100 pages.

This gives you an opportunity to stop the process if you are not satisfied with the results.

Please do not pay until you have queried me with a sample page, negotiated a time frame for your edit completion, or discussed whether your manuscript content meets the above criteria. Fees are non-refundable.

 

Submission guidelines:

Query me with a sample page and basic manuscript content, i.e., no horror or explicitly graphic writing. Turn around time varies according to the number of pages you submitted, and the number of clients already on the docket. Before you purchase the service, you must receive approval and a time estimate from me. I am thorough and do not operate under pressure. I want to do the best possible job for you. If you have deadline issues, consider my time estimation before submitting.

• Electronic Standard format in MS Word doc. = 8 1/2" x 11”, double-spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins, Times Roman or Courier font.

Your initial process will be faster if you follow the submission guidelines. If I have to send something back because of formatting issues, it slows down your turn around time. I am not responsible for rejected or bounced email. Please set your email to allow for communication.

 

About the editor:
I am a retired teacher of twenty years. I have worked with multiple educational levels fostering writing skills for students in private middle schools, high schools and colleges. For many years, I have served as a judge for national and local writing contests. I am a published author of fiction and non-fiction. Besides writing and editing, I tutor children with language disorders.


Contact:
Please email your sample page and overview of the entire work to editing@JulieACarda.com and I'll get back to you with an estimate on time and cost.