Editing

Erica offers editorial and blurb writing services to authors who write romance. Her specialty is historical romance, but most types of romance are acceptable. If the project is not a good fit for Erica (i.e., not in her realm of expertise) then she will let you know before any work is done.

Qualifications: Erica has a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and a Minor in English, as well as ten years of secretarial work proofreading/editing/composing business correspondence. Check out testimonials from authors Erica has worked with.

Before you agree to sign on for edits, Erica will complete a complimentary 5 page sample edit of your manuscript so you can see her style of editing and know if it works for you. 

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SERVICES:

Note that for any turnaround that is quicker than what is listed, a $50.00 rush fee may be added, depending on the length of your manuscript and the time it takes to read.

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING – $0.0075/word

Level of Edits

  • In-line comments in document, using track changes in Microsoft Word
  • Suggestions will be made on ways to improve story, particularly in the following areas:
    • Character arc
    • Romance arc
    • Pacing of story
    • Effectiveness of external conflict
    • Effectiveness of internal conflict
    • Dialogue effectiveness
    • Continuity of story
    • Emotional impact of story
    • Depth of writing/POV
    • World building
    • Main characters
    • Secondary characters
    • Antagonists
    • Story logic
  • An editorial letter will be included which summarizes the overarching issues and strengths of the book.

When should this be done?

  • When you have completed the first draft of your manuscript and you need input on the various elements of your book.
  • This this type of edit will often require big structural changes to your book, so it is done before line editing.
  • This is an in-depth edit that will require at least two weeks and a half weeks in turnaround time for manuscripts up to 60,000; three weeks in turnaround time for manuscripts up to 100,000.

 

LINE EDITING – $0.006/word

LEVEL OF EDITS

  • In-line comments in document, using track changes in Word
  • Suggestions will be made on ways to improve the prose, particularly in the following areas:
    • Continuity
    • Structure of sentences
    • Repetition of words
    • Depth of POV
    • Showing versus telling
    • Tense issues
    • Sequence
    • Improving clarity of sentences

When should this be done?

  • This is after you have finished developmental edits or beta reading, and you are looking to polish your manuscript.
  • Ideally, this is not when you should introduce major changes into your book.
  • This is an in-depth edit that will require at least two and a half weeks weeks in turnaround time for manuscripts up to 60,000; three weeks in turnaround time for manuscripts up to 100,000.
  • A copy editor should still be used after line edits to ensure that no errors are made in entering line edits/making changes.

 

BETA READING – $0.004/word

LEVEL OF EDITS

  • In-line comments in document, using track changes in Microsoft Word
  • Suggestions will be made on ways to improve the story, particularly in the following areas:
    • Story logic – that all parts of the story follow a cohesive structure
    • Relatability of characters
    • Inconsistences in plot or actions
    • Pace of story
    • Romance arc
    • Character arc
    • Story goals accomplished
    • Strength of conflicts
    • Story structure
  • No editorial letter will be provided.
  • No line editing or copy editing is done.
  • This is an overarching look at your book, as a critique partner would do, looking at how your book will work with readers.

When should this be done?

  • When you feel that your story is strong in structure and major arcs/characterization, and you just want an extra eye on the book. This is a good time to check for inconsistencies in your plot or in your story logic.
  • When you have already done substantial self-editing on the book, and your manuscript is in its second or third draft.
  • This is less of an in-depth edit than line editing or developmental editing, and thus requires a turnaround time of two weeks for manuscripts up to 60,000 and two and a half weeks for manuscripts up to 100,000.

Special Notes:

Beta reading service is only available to people Erica has worked with before as an editor or critique partner. If you are interested in this service and do not have a prior relationship with Erica as your editor or critique partner, but are a current or past client of QAS, please contact Erica.

PROOFREADING – $0.003/word

Level of edits

  • In-line comments, using Microsoft Word track changes
  • This is a basic edit making sure that all of your copy edits were entered correctly and that there are no longer mistakes in your manuscript.
  • Proofreading checks for:
    • Typos
    • Words used incorrectly
    • Grammar and punctuation
  • No comments will be given on the story itself.

When should this be done?

  • When your manuscript has already gone through copy edits, and all story structure/developmental issues have been fixed.
  • This is a final check on your manuscript.
  • This requires a one week turnaround time for manuscripts up to 60,000; and one and a half weeks for manuscripts up to 100,000.

 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • BLURB WRITING – $45.00

    • Erica will write a blurb based on the details you provide about the book.
  • TAGLINE CREATION – $15.00

    • Erica will read your book blurbs and find a common denominator in your writing elements. Usually a tag line includes two adjectives to describe your writing brand.

 

Interested in booking Erica for your book? Great! Contact Erica now.