Not ready for a full edit but want to make sure your novel in heading in the right direction? Get a developmental edit on one of your chapters. This can be a beta-read or it can be a full substantive edit.
So you've finished your manuscript and your friends say it's great. You know how much they love you though and you need someone to read your manuscript and tell you what it needs; what's working and what's not. Do this step before you hire a Substantive Editor. Don't spend your money for a huge edit when there's still work to be done. You have the clay on the wheel, now let's help you shape it to it's full potential.
When your friends say, "It's great! I love everything about it!" and you've worked with your writing coach but you just can't seem to get an agent or editor to bite. You just can't get your story above a 3 star rating.
You most likely need a developmental editor's eye. You put the clay on the wheel, you've been coached on how to shape your masterpiece, now let's finish your masterpiece and get it in the kiln.
5-10 pages (or full chapters, up to 10 pages)
2 hours of time
A full assessment of the sample you send over; looking at strengths and weaknesses; a general guide to see if you're on the right track.
Send over your manuscript along with 10 questions you have about your manuscript.
10 -15 days
You'll have a 7-10 page report on what's working and what's not. I'll give you tips and resources for next step.
Cost: $500.00 for up to 80,000 words; additional pages are $.02/word
Send over your manuscript, synopsis and Character sheets. You may also send me 10 questions you have about your manuscript for me to answer for you.
Cost seem high? Make sure you do a self edit before you send it over if you haven't had someone else look at it already. I highly recommend having someone do a manuscript review before this step.
About 45 days, depending on manuscript length & complexity
Here are SOME of the things I look for in a Substantive Edit:
Consistency in character traits
Appropriateness for genre
Appropriate dialogue/thought structure
An opening hook
A captivating first chapter & chapter structure
A proper ending
Internal and external conflict
Floating body parts
Weasel Words & phrases
Remember High School English? My goal is to teach you, not do the corrections for you. We're in this together. I want to help you become a better writer so I don't rewrite your work. I note the places that need work and ask you to do the work. But in the end, you are a better writer and your manuscript is ready for the next step! Congratulations! You're on your way to five star reviews. There is a chance that your manuscript is not actually ready for this strong of an edit. If I find that, you w