Fiction Editing Services
10% off partial & full editing packages to all 2017 PitchWars applicants until October 1st! Book a service for at late as December at the discounted rate.
Why work with me? I’m passionate and care with full force. I don’t do a thing half-hearted and, as your editor, you can bet that I will give you all that I have to help you, push you, to better develop your novel into a work of dynamite. I want your pages to GLOW and be primed for agent or editor submission. But, perhaps even more importantly, I want to help you develop your craft, your story and characters, and achieve the utmost confidence in your work.
Whether you have a messy first draft or a heavily revised manuscript that’s nearly ready to go, I offer packages between developmental and line-level edits. I am adept at helping writers with character development, world building, sharpening stakes, and fine-tuning the beats. A lyrical writer myself, I love helping a writer further develop her voice and find rhythm and magic in her prose. I consider a manuscript from all possible angles and I never rush.
My typical approach to a project is to do an initial no-touch read on my Kindle and then, depending on your purchased packaged, I complete one to three reads in Word (particularly with line edits). Additionally, all past clients are always welcome to email me with questions, brainstorm bouncing, advice, and general follow-ups–whether it’s a week after a service delivery or a year later.
“I knew the moment Heather replied to my first email that she was the perfect editor for me. This was my first time going through a freelance editor, and she made the whole process so exciting and enjoyable. She answered all of my many questions, and guided me through with so much ease. Because of her I was able to cut my manuscript down from 120k plus words to 80k words, and her feedback made doing that a piece of cake! I am so proud and grateful to have found her editing services.”
“I was lucky enough to be Heather’s 2016 Pitch Wars mentee, and I’m STILL pinching myself that she chose me. Heather is an absolute dream to work with, and when she’s in, she’s all in. Heather doesn’t do anything at 50% – she dives in head first and is fully committed. Aside from that, Heather is such a talented writer. The first edit letter I received from her was comprehensive and detailed, and her ideas were spot-on. Heather truly got my story and what I wanted to do, and her suggestions took my manuscript to the next level. While I was revising, Heather was always available, so I could text or email whenever I was feeling stuck, and she’d get back to me right away with tons of encouragement. That’s the thing about working with Heather – you’re getting an editor with so much expertise and talent, but you’re also getting a cheerleader and friend.
Not only did my manuscript improve by leaps and bounds, but so did my writing. After two months of working with Heather, I had a fully revised manuscript that I was incredibly proud of, not to mention a great friend. I started querying my manuscript right when Pitch Wars ended, and one month later I had an offer of representation from an amazing agent. I joke that Heather is my manuscript’s fairy godmother, because it really feels that way. I cannot recommend her highly enough!!”
–Rachel Griffin, represented by Melissa Sarver White at Folio Lit
“Heather is a combination thoughtful-thorough editor. She read my piece multiple times, mulled it over, and was able to synthesize her opinions into a helpful edit letter that tied together the line edits she’d punched throughout my text. I had so many revision rounds under my belt at this point, and her fresh perspective was what I needed to grasp the overhaul that would have to happen in order for a publisher to take my manuscript seriously. My suggestion for anyone considering Heather as an editor is to tell her your concerns about your piece in advance, your biggest insecurities. I did that, and she kept them in mind, was able to address each.”
–Raimey Gallant, between agents
“I was struggling with my story arc in a dual POV novel and hired Heather for a developmental edit. She was very supportive of my work and always ready to champion my characters! By suggesting I add a romantic interest, my novel took on a different shape than expected and definitely improved. I would not have gone in that direction on my own and am grateful for her insight. Thanks Heather!”
— Lexy Baker
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Only want your first 50 pages critiqued? Conact me and we’ll work it out!
COACHING (~$50 per exchange, approx. 10 pages — FLEXIBLE PER BUDGET)
This service is my FAVORITE as it feeds into my love of teaching and mentorship. It’s geared toward writers in development–whether she is in the first drafting stage, revising chapter by chapter (or section by section), or working to hone her craft. Our approach will vary based on your level, your goals, and what you’re looking for in a writing coach. You’ll receive support (I’m the best advocate you’ll find aside from yourself), comprehensive feedback as you work, accountability, and email priority.
Some of the submissions writers send my way for feedback: chapters/chunks from their manuscript, synopses, outlines and plot/character groundwork, worksheets I send their way, and more. This service is open-ended to ensure that is specifically catered to each individual writer but I do encourage writers to set a deadline: weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly submissions. All submissions receive comprehensive feedback on the work itself through line edits and discussion–either via Skype, phone, email.
I’m an instructor, a long-time tutor, having been working in editorial since a teen, and absolutely adore seeing writers not only gain confidence but also develop their craft to the point that they no longer need me! If you’re interested in coaching, we can have a chat to see if we’re a good fit in terms of style and goals. As with the approach itself, the pricing is open-ended to accommodate needs, budget, and chosen plan of action. One way to consider this service–its cost and commitment–is to compare it to a lesson such a ballet, flute, pilates, etc.
NOTE: all writers who work with me on a full manuscript developmental edit (see below) will receive a discounted rate on the first three coaching exchanges. My writers have found this tremendously helpful as it allows them to get feedback on how to approach their revision, rework the ground level of the novel, and more.
DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING ($.008 per word) — $550 minimum
Developmental editing includes detailed feedback on your full manuscript, with great attention paid to character development, plot, pacing, setting, research, and style. Expect a full read-through of your manuscript and a detailed (usually 6-8 page) editorial letter. If you would like line editing added to this service, it will start at $.01 per word.
LINE EDITING ($.009 per word) — $650 minimum
Want someone to get nitty gritty with your manuscript? My line edits are for you. I will gleefully scrutinize word choice, syntax, voice, rhythm, dialogue, and more. Don’t be alarmed if I send back over hundred comments on thirty pages! I want to encourage you to question every line and word, every beat and image, and I enjoy doing so.
Sometimes, if your prose is solid and your voice is there but there are pacing and plot issues still at hand, line edits will go over to a more developmental side. These in-text line edits allow me to go deeper and be more specific than in an edit letter.
That said, line editing is usually best if your manuscript has already gone through a solid revision but still needs style-level attention. My line editing includes a full read-through of your manuscript, and (of course) line-notes/edits that will encourage you to polish, elaborate, specify, and more. A brief, overall edit letter is included. Sometimes I will work in track changes if I want to *show* you how to play with syntax or demonstrate the impact of a cut.
While, in most cases, I suggest writers save line-editing for after their manuscript has gone through at least one revision, I’m happy to combine line editing with developmental editing for $.01 a word with a $700 minimum.
Please note that line editing is not copy editing.
SENSITIVITY READ ($.008 per word)
I offer sensitivity reads on books dealing with chronic illness/pain, eating disorders, bisexuality, depression, Bipolar II, PTSD. Please email me and we can discuss your novel and decide if I’m the right person to give it a sensitivity read. This will entail a full read-through of your manuscript, line notes, and an editorial letter considering the representations, areas of weakness, and potential biases and harmful language. Your manuscript should be polished and ready for the submission.
FIRST CHAPTER CRITIQUE $35
Up to 15 double-spaced pages. A thorough critique of your first chapter, with line edits, comments, and overall feedback.
QUERY CRITIQUE: $35
A detailed critique of your query letter, including line notes and overall feedback.
SUBMISSION PACKAGE $75
A critique of your query letter, 2-page synopsis, and 10 sample pages. All pieces will receive line notes and detailed comments, priming you for agent querying.
Payment: All payments under $500 must be made through PayPal in full to secure booking. Payment plans are available! If you’re booking more than two weeks in advance I do require a $50 non-refundable deposit to secure your editorial slot. My pricing is subject to increase as demand grows (this has happened rapidly in the past six months). Repeat clients are guaranteed their original price point for their second round of service.