I currently have openings for freelance editing of query packages and full manuscripts. If you've just finished a first draft, or you think you need a new eye cast over your manuscript, please get in touch. I specialize in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative, Young Adult and Adult Crossover fiction.
My editing services are not looking to catch you out on spelling or grammatical errors. Both packages come with an Editorial Letter, comprising of: Overall impressions; Concept feedback; Voice, Character; Pacing; and Plot. I will also include your manuscript, dependent on which package you choose, which will include a mixture of comments and line edits.
Mini Query Package – Feedback on a query letter, synopsis and first page. A taster with a view to upgrading to a Full Query Package, or just an insight without spending a lot of money. If you choose to upgrade, I will knock off £15 from the Full Query Package, so there's nothing to lose.
Full Query Package – Feedback on a query letter, synopsis and the first 3 chapters of a manuscript up to 10,000 words. Includes line edits and close comments throughout all three documents.
Full Manuscript Package – Feedback on a query letter, synopsis and full manuscript. Includes an editorial letter which will be minimum 5 pages long on voice, character, pacing, plot, concept feedback, and overall impressions. Plus comprehensive line edits on the first 3 chapters and document comments throughout.
£3.00 per thousand words of manuscript (cover letter and synopsis included free of charge).
Full Manuscript Line Editing – In line comments and tracked changes throughout the entire manuscript. An extension of the first three chapters service I offer within my other packages. Expect several comments and tracked changes on each page of your manuscript. This is a bespoke package that is time consuming, and as such I will only have room for one per month, so do get in quickly if you're interested.
£20.00 per thousand words of manuscript
I have an MA merit in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. I have been editing manuscripts with WriteMentor under their summer programme for the past three years. Below testimonials show that my clients have gone on to receive agent representation, and most recently one client won the WMCNA 2020 competition with their manuscript. I am represented by Lucy Irvine of Peters, Fraser, & Dunlop.
I aim to turn around manuscripts within 30 days of payment, but may be faster at quieter times of year. You will need Microsoft Office to read line edits and comments, and manuscripts must be sent in a .doc or .docx format. Payment via paypal. At busy times I may have to waitlist your manuscript, which I will tell you before you decide to commit.
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