Editing Services

After over a decade of critiquing now-published novels and short stories for friends, as well as writing and publishing my own, I am ready to help you make your story shine. I offer manuscript critiques as well as proofreading services for both novels and short stories.

Manuscript Critique: Do you need a fresh pair of eyes on your story to give you an idea how it’s going to come across to readers? I will:

  • Provide a brief analysis of your work as to how I see the story working for your target audience
  • Offer broad suggestions for revisions
  • Give an assessment of the saleability of your work.

I am happy to do partial or full MSS for critiquing; if you want someone to look at the first few chapters only, I am available for that as well as for the entire story.

Cost: $20/hour.

Developmental Editing: Need more than a basic critique, but not quite ready for the nuts and bolts of copy editing yet? I will:

  • Provide an in-depth analysis of your work as regards tone, readability, structure, pacing, and characterization
  • Check for internal consistency (and series consistency if it is part of a series) and plot holes
  • Offer detailed suggestions for revisions, both in-text and in a separate email.

Cost: $30/hour.

Proofreading: Is your story all but ready to burst upon the world, but you need that final check to make sure it’s practically perfect in every way? I will:

  • Check for typos and spelling errors
  • Do a basic grammar check (for more in-depth grammar help, you will need a copy editor)
  • Track revisions so you can review the changes
  • Offer a short summary of the work I’ve done, and why.

Cost: $3.00/page*

Genres and Constraints: I am happy to accept fiction of any length in the following genres:

  • Fantasy
  • Science fiction
  • Cozy mystery
  • Historical mystery
  • Historical fiction
  • Young Adult
  • Middle Grade
  • I am open to discussion on other genres; email me and ask

I will not accept any of the following genres:

  • Horror
  • Erotica
  • Romance

I also will not accept the following in any genre:

  • Graphic or excessive violence
  • Graphic or excessive sexual content
  • Excessive use of foul/coarse language
  • Anything involving child abuse or rape, even if it happens off-page

If you have any questions regarding any of the above or would like to discuss a project, email me at elouise.bates@gmail.com. I look forward to working with you!

*If I find, after beginning work on your project, that it seems to require copy editing, I will contact you to discuss an adjustment of cost for the work involved.

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