Editing Services

Here at The Sentranced Writer, we’re dedicated to helping you polish your work until it’s flawless. That’s why we’re happy to announce that editing services are now available!

I offer free sample edits for your first chapter. You can send a Word document (.doc or .docx) to allison@thesentrancedwriter.com. Please specify what type of editing you’re looking for. 

I understand that if you’re a new novelist, you might be a bit nervous about the cost of hiring an editor. Working with an understanding editor, however, can help you take your writing to the next level. It’s also important to work with the right editor to help you get your manuscript ready for indie publishing or to submit to literary agents.

While writers of all levels and experience are welcome, I have a bit of a soft spot for new novelists and writers, as we’ve all been in that position. You’re a nervous ball of excitement about your first manuscript, but you’re also wondering, “Is my manuscript ready for an editor?” The answer is yes! It’s never too early or too late to work with an editor.

I offer competitive pricing with the new novelist in mind (and especially those who are self-publishing). It can be a hard pill to swallow when someone gives you a quote for over $1000 for an all-inclusive editing package. We’ve all been there. It’s like being winded from a punch straight to the gut from a pro boxer. I also offer several options to meet your needs.

I follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.

Proofreading ~ $0.002/word
Basic read-through for any last minute pesky errors, such as typos or punctuation. Good for when your draft is completely finished, but you just need one last check before self-publishing or submitting to agents.

Copyediting ~ $0.005/word
Editing for grammar, punctuation, and overall mechanics of English.

Line/Stylistic Editing ~ $0.006/word
More in depth than copyediting. Editing for voice, syntax, sentence structure and flow, vocabulary choice, overall readability, instances of telling instead of showing, flow of dialogue.

Developmental Editing ~ $0.006/word
Looking at the big picture of the story, overall characterization, quality of story structure and storytelling (exposition, hook, climax, resolution, etc.). Most useful in the early stages of your manuscript.

Substantive Editing ~ $0.005/word
More fine-tuning than developmental, but still focusing on characterization & character arcs, looking at secondary characters, checking for plot holes, pacing, how plausible the story is/suspension of disbelief, checking facts if needed, reordering scenes if needed.

I use track changes in Microsoft Word. You can learn more about track changes here. If you do not have access to Microsoft Word, please note this in your email. I will work with you to find the proper program to accommodate you.

Again, I offer a free sample edit for your first chapter. If you decide to work with me, I do require partial payment up front. Split payments can be negotiated if necessary.

If you’re interested or have any questions, please fill out the form below with your goals for your work, your word count, genre, and a little about your novel.