Since 2014, I have provided freelance editing and proofreading services to individual authors, publishing companies, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and large corporations, including Alaska Airlines, Holland America, Mountaineers Books, becker&mayer!, and Girl Friday Productions. Through Reedsy, I work with dozens of authors each year, many of whom have successfully published their books and regularly return to collaborate on their next project.
Through the editing certificate program at the University of Washington, taught by seasoned veterans of the industry, I learned the professional editing methods of traditional publishing houses. As a strong proponent of the indie market, I apply those same high standards and thorough processes whether working with self-publishing authors or those seeking traditional publication. In addition to my editing services, I provide guidance for first-time authors trying to navigate the (sometimes daunting) publishing process.
WHAT TYPE OF EDITING DO YOU NEED?
Before soliciting the services of any editors, I highly recommend Reedy's blog article "9 Types of Editing," which defines the various stages of the editing process (https://blog.reedsy.com/types-of-editing/). Knowing which type of editing your manuscript is ready for will help your collaboration to begin much sooner and could potentially save you money and time.
Here are additional links with definitions and what to expect with each type of editing service that I provide:
Editorial assessment: https://reedsy.com/editing/editorial-assessment
Developmental editing: https://reedsy.com/editing/developmental-editing
Copy editing: https://reedsy.com/editing/copy-editing
WHAT WILL EDITING SERVICES COST?
It’s also a good idea for authors to be aware of what to expect in terms of cost for various editing services. Reedsy provides a handy cost calculator that shows the average rates charged by editors based on book genre, word count, and type of editing (https://blog.reedsy.com/cost-to-self-publish-a-book/). Note that these are only averages, and many factors go into determining rates. Other reputable sources for editing rate charts are provided by organizations such as the Northwest Editors Guild and the Editorial Freelancers Association, which also includes an estimated pace for each type of editing (e.g., using 250 words/page, copy editing = 5 to 10 pages/hour; proofreading = 9 to 13 pages/hour), so you can calculate a range of how much to expect to pay based on the word count of your manuscript.
As a way to work within limited budgets, I offer a variety of packages for each type of editing service, which I will include with all project offers.
WHAT SHOULD YOU SEND FOR A WRITING SAMPLE?
Ideally, your writing sample should include something from the beginning, middle, and end sections of your manuscript to best determine how much time will be needed to complete the project.
If you’ve taken the time to read through all of this information, thank you! I look forward to hearing your unique story and providing the services you need to help turn your hard work into a publishable finished product!
P.S. Reedsy has a lot of other great resources for writers on their blog, and I encourage all writers, but especially first-time authors, to check them out. https://blog.reedsy.com/
- University of Washington Editing Certificate
Book production and editorial services for indie & traditionally publishing authors: Developmental, Line & Copy Editing | Proofreading | Manuscript Critiques | Writing & Publishing Guidance | Book Coaching | Consultations
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