Jodie's Editing Process
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Welcome, writers, authors, and aspiring authors. I’m an award-winning author and highly respected editor who can help you polish your manuscript and get it ready to publish or pitch to agents. I edit , specializing in , suspenseful mysteries, romantic suspense, and crime fiction (nothing too gory, though, and no horror). I also edit and some fantasies, YA, and middle-grade fiction. I accept of up to about 97,000 words, as well as and , and also offer (up to the first 12,500 words).
I also edit books on selected topics (see below for more info).
I’m a voracious reader of popular fiction and a former English teacher and librarian with a master’s degree. I’ve been an independent professional editor since 2007. in the series and . I’m also regularly asked to serve as judge in short story and novel contests. I mainly edit for a North American readership.
My editing services for range from developmental and “big picture” advice, through structural editing, content editing, line editing, copy editing, to final proofreading. I use and in the margin. I send you both a marked-up version and a “clean” version, which has all my changes accepted.
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and send it to you, along with my fee for the whole manuscript. Then you can decide whether to proceed or not.
to see if you like my approach to your work.
You may wish to choose this more intensive option to see how I work, then do some revising based on my suggestions. Then you can contact me about editing the rest of your manuscript, likely at a lower rate.
Another option is to just have me do a thorough of your edited or thoroughly revised manuscript,.
I also offer and of topics such as lifestyles, wellness, nutrition, self-help, herbal remedies, gardening, design, and more.
($1,440 for an 80,000-word manuscript) for already very good writing that may need the following: help with issues, reducing and picking up the ; ; finding a more natural, authentic ; appropriate/effective , querying of and actions; flagging of any , ; the sentences; eliminating redundancies and ; and finally, light copyediting and proofreading for .
Prices go ($50 per 1,000 words or $4,000 for 80,000 words), for a , (several passes), including and with lots of geared specifically to make your story stronger and improve your writing skills. You’ll get first, offering links to articles and books tailored to your needs, as well as ongoing comments, suggestions and questions re: effective fiction techniques, character motivations, and general logistics ( ). This is followed by to smooth out and tighten your writing, with the sections going back and forth, then
I can do
Or you can opt for ( ; $1120 – $1360 for 80K words) depending on the amount of work needed, .
I would then send you a with additions and deletions clearly indicated by Track Changes and comments and suggestions in the margin, and also a , with all my changes accepted and no redlining, for easy reading. I’ll send you a style sheet as well, tailored to your story, and some general advice, if needed.
You would then “accept” or “reject” my changes and do revisions based on my suggestions. Then, if you wish, you could send your revised manuscript to beta readers or another editor or proofreader or back to me. I will then do another pass for $0.012 per word, adding any new suggestions as needed.
Even for these passes, I always pay attention to what’s going on in the story, the logistics of the plot and character motivations, and the effectiveness of the fiction techniques used, as well as pacing, sentence structure, grammar, and spelling, so my editing is always content and stylistic editing, too. If something doesn’t make sense to me, I’ll mention it.
If your manuscript has already undergone an edit, or you’ve had extensive feedback from beta readers and have done revisions, I’ll do a for , and more. My fee for this normally ranges from $7 to $14 per 1000 words, but I have a special on now for . Click for more details on the proofreading only option.
For copyediting a full manuscript, I prefer payments of about $200 at a time, in advance as we go along, just before I complete each section. For manuscript critiques, payment must be made in full in advance. For a proofread only, you can pay me 50% at the beginning and the rest at the end.
If you can’t afford my rates for your whole manuscript, I can do a thorough edit and critique of your first 10-50 pages, and you can then use the edits and advice to guide you on your revisions of the rest of the novel, which will ultimately save you a great deal of money.
. Use “Editing” in your subject line. The documents need to be in . Please familiarize yourself with MS Word’s before contacting me or other editors.
plus 5-10 pages from
somewhere in the middle:
– as an attachment in Microsoft Word (NOT a PDF)
– Times New Roman, 12-point
– double-spaced, left-justified
– one space (not two) between sentences
– Indent each paragraph by using the MS Word paragraphing or formatting tools. (Do NOT press the space bar repeatedly to indent.) No extra space between paragraphs.
· (and pen-name if both)
· of novel (or working title)
· The (for fiction) or (for nonfiction)
· Total in manuscript (or projected). Under 97K words for me, please.
· Your (audience). Who do you see as your typical or ideal readers?
· , a paragraph on what your book is about and your goal with the book.
· , a brief a few paragraphs to half a page, paragraph form, telling the main points of the story, with a beginning, middle, and end. Start with your main character and be sure to include the main story problem.
· , a brief , in order of importance
· A sentence or two about . Have you had beta (volunteer) readers read it and offer honest, helpful feedback, then revised it afterward? Has another editor done some work on it? Have you run it through a basic spell check and/or grammar check?
· It’s best not to send a rough draft or first draft, unless you’d like me to proofread it for your, prior to sending it to beta readers. I can do so much more for you if you send me a relatively clean manuscript that you’ve had feedback on and have gone through at least a few times. Thanks.
· . If you’re not sure, that’s natural and perfectly fine. You can just say “Whatever the editor feels the manuscript needs to bring it up to industry standards, appeal to readers, and sell well.”
· A brief and any , if any.
If I feel we can go straight to , I will give you a per-word rate (and total fee) depending on the amount of work the manuscript seems to need to make it publish-ready.
Or, you may need . I’ll first look at the “big picture” and address any noticeable craft-of-fiction issues, such as your opening, characterization, point of view, pacing, style, and dialogue. Then, after you’ve done subsequent revisions of the first chapters and returned them to me, I’ll get started on the copyediting stage.
Are you an expert on or passionate about a topic and want to share your knowledge about it in a book? And add to your resume and make some money at the same time? Maybe you’ve made a good start but are feeling a bit overwhelmed or have reached a roadblock with your project. Now’s the time to find some professional help with rewriting, revising, and restructuring your book so it will appeal to your target readership and sell well.
As the author of three award-winning nonfiction books, I’m accepting nonfiction books for on these or related topics, aimed at a general (not academic or scientific) audience: .
· Helping you define your target readership
· Clarifying your goals with this book
· Discussing the scope of your book (maybe too narrow or too broad?)
· Helping you, if needed, to develop more of a “voice” and style that will appeal to your target readership
· Discussing the overall organization and flow of your book, and transitions between chapters
· Helping you with an enticing opening (first paragraphs)
· Checking for overly technical phrases and jargon your target audience may not easily understand
· Rearranging, adding, or condensing chapters, topics, and subtopics to make the whole structure more cohesive
· Moving, adding, rewriting, or deleting details, sentences, and paragraphs
· Watching for any inconsistencies and discrepancies
· Flagging and helping you rewrite any confusing statements
· Asking for clarification and examples if needed
· Suggesting anecdotes, interesting facts, or a bit of humor, if needed
· Noting repetitions or redundancies within a sentence, paragraph, or elsewhere in the book
· Flagging digressions and off-topic references
Rewriting overly long, overly formal, or convoluted sentences
· Fixing spelling, grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spacing, and typos
· Clicking through any references to make sure they lead to the intended source
· Proofreading your references, using an acceptable style guide
I’m a former English teacher and librarian with a Master’s degree. I’m an author and have been a freelance editor since 2007. I edit American and Canadian English, and my main two reference sources are and .
Finally, I will your book for publishing, including creating proper chapter headings, subheadings, and a Table of Contents (made clickable for an ebook).
I will take your manuscript from first draft to polished, publish-ready copy for $0.03 to $0.08 per word, depending on how much work it needs to get to industry standards, appeal to readers, and sell well. So if your book is about 50,000 words, my fee for a t would be from $1,500 to $4,000, payable in instalments at a pace you’re comfortable with as we go along. from a rough draft will be $0.10 per word.
, so the manuscript goes back and forth several times, with plenty of input by the author.
If your nonfiction manuscript, article, or webpage only needs a , I can do that too, at a considerably lower fee.
Contact me at info@JodieRenner.com with your topic, target readership, projected number of words/pages, ideas and/or table of contents, and your first 10-20 pages. If your project interests me or I have time to take it on, I’ll get back to you with some ideas and a sample edit/rewrite.
detailed proofread for word choice, grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure, stylistic consistency, repetitions, indents, spaces, formatting, headings, subheadings, and more.
Besides being an author and independent publisher, I’m a former English teacher with a master’s degree and have been a professional editor since 2007. My main reference guides are and . If you have a preferred house style guide, I will use that.
My fee is $0.008-$0.012 per word, or $8 to $12 per 1000 words. (Minimum 10,000 words.) Turnaround time is usually two weeks or less.
I will send you back both a marked-up copy, where you can “accept” or “reject” my changes if you wish, and a “clean” copy, with all my changes accepted.
: line editing or copyediting for plot, characterization, dialogue, point of view, author intrusions, showing instead of telling, voice, logistics, discrepancies, pacing, or other effective fiction-writing techniques, all of which I look at in my editing services.
Proofreading is best done after a manuscript has undergone a thorough line edit or copy edit, or the author has had significant feedback and has done a lot of revisions. There’s no point in having a manuscript proofread if it’s going to undergo significant changes, which would then require another proofreading pass at additional cost.
Below are some of the problems I look for when . (I don’t proofread academic or scientific documents.)
· I’ll check for errors that spellcheck won’t catch, including common typing mistakes (e.g. “manger” instead of “manager”, “fried” instead of “friend”, etc.) and embarrassing errors, such as the “l” missing in “public”.
· , e.g., or or or
· , e.g., “to hospital” or , e.g.
· (word used doesn’t fit the meaning desired)
· of words and phrases: Is it takedown, take-down, or take down? ripoff, rip-off, or rip off? follow-up or follow up? rear-view mirror or rearview mirror?
· Misuse of definite and indefinite articles ()
· Misuse of prepositions (of, at, in, from, between, among, etc.)
· Incomplete sentences, run-on sentences
· Overly long, convoluted sentences
· Inconsistent verb tenses
· Lack of parallelism in lists
· Passive rather than active voice
· The same noticeable or specific word or root word used within a sentence or paragraph, e.g., “two big of files were on her desk.” or “Music from a bar. A cold of air hit his face.”
· Overuse of words such as , , , , etc.
· Overuse of generic words such as “thing” or “good” or “walked” instead of more specific words
· Missing, extra, or misused
· Confusion between s
· Incorrect punctuation and/or capitalization for
· Incorrect use of
· Incorrect or overuse of
· of words and phrases
· Generally, italics are more acceptable for emphasis than underlining, bolding, or all caps
· Italics for some but not all foreign phrases
I’ll flag for your attention:
· – technical terminology that a general readership might not understand
· – wording or phrasing that might seem overly erudite, haughty, or condescending to your target readers.
· Course language and : If they seem a bit overdone, I might point them out and you can decide whether to keep them or tone them down.
· (word choices, sentence structure), based on target readership
· that doesn’t fit the overall style
· (, , organise/organize, etc.)
· Inconsistent treatment of (30/thirty, 65/sixty-five)
· Inconsistent capitalization and punctuation in
· Inconsistent capitalization and punctuation in
· Inconsistent presentation of (e.g. U.S./US; Nasa/NASA/N.A.S.A.)
· Inconsistent style or size
· Incorrect between words, sentences, and paragraphs
· Inconsistent paragraph and spacing
· Incorrect or missing between chapters
· Inconsistent formatting of and
· Inconsistent formatting of and bullet points
· Inconsistencies between the and the actual headings and subheadings
If you’d like me to do a thorough, professional final proofread of your manuscript, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
· Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction
· The subject or genre
· Total word count
· British, American, Canadian, or Australian English
· Target readership
· Your preferred style (chatty, casual, formal, businesslike, etc.)
· A brief description of what it’s about (one paragraph)
· 10 pages of the document
· Your preferred deadline
– , Sept. 19, 2014, journalist and author of thriller, . www.petereichstaedt.com
, with lots of teaching moments and referrals to other resources. I or you will divide your manuscript into sections of about 3-6 chapters each, and I’ll work on one section at a time, then send it back to you for your reactions and revisions before going on to the next section. , until we’re both happy with it, before going on to the next section. And you’ll likely be going ahead and tweaking or revising future chapters, based on what you’ve learned from feedback I’ve given you on the early chapters.
(with revisions by you in between), . The first pass is to address content and style issues, as well as word choices, sentence construction, reducing wordiness, and smoothing out awkward phrasing, etc. Then, when you send that section back to me with your revisions, I go over it again with a fine-toothed comb. Using and my well-used copies of (956 pages) and (1624 pages), as well as online resources, I’ll correct typos, spelling, punctuation, and grammar, and make suggestions for word choice, sentence flow, and clarity. After that, I’ll just look at final changes indicated through Track Changes.
~ John Tkac, author of the award-winning , edited by Jodie
Here are a few of the many issues I look at and advise on in all my fiction editing:
Is the first page compelling? Does it hook the reader in quickly? Does it introduce your protagonist? Does it situate the reader as to Who, What, Where and When, so they can quickly get into your story world and start enjoying your story?
Is your protagonist likeable, smart, resourceful, and strong enough to appeal to your readers, but with vulnerabilities and inner conflict? Are your main characters complex and three-dimensional, or flat and predictable, cardboard cutouts? Do your characters develop through the course of the novel? (Is there a good character arc?) Are their motivations clear and plausible?
Is most of your story anchored in the viewpoint of your protagonist? Is each scene in one character’s point of view? Or is the viewpoint hovering above or ping-ponging among your characters, all in one scene (“head-hopping”)?
Do you have an inciting incident and a main story problem/question? Is there enough conflict? Do you have tension on every page, with rising stakes and ongoing complications? Are the scenes well-written and well-structured? Is the climax nail-biting? Is the ending satisfying? Do you have plot holes that need to be identified and plugged? Are there inconsistencies, discrepancies, or illogical actions or events that need to be addressed?
Does your prose meander along, trying to find its way? Is it awkward, too wordy, or overly erudite? Or is it clear, tight and compelling? Does your pacing fit the genre? Do you vary the pace, depending on the scene?
Does it sound natural, like people in that milieu really talk? Does each character speak a little differently? Or do your characters all sound like the author or university professors?
Do you have sudden unexplained changes or discrepancies in characters, time sequences, and other circumstances? Do all the plot details make sense? Are your characters’ actions and reactions logical and believable?
I’ll help you smooth out awkward or overly wordy phrasing to create a better flow of ideas. I’ll add the final polish to make your story publish-ready. I’ve been called “a precise grammar queen.” I know my stuff but won’t let correct English stifle your style or voice – this is fiction, after all, not a doctoral dissertation!
you may opt to have me do a (double-spaced), including advice on your half- to one-page synopsis, . This thorough edit includes big-picture advice on fiction-writing techniques such as your , etc., will help you bring your characters and scenes to life. It also includes comments about your and , advice on to , and finally a detailed, comprehensive of the whole section. This fee includes several passes, including two complete ones: the first to offer big-picture and stylistic advice, and the second to go over every word again after you’ve done some revisions based on my suggestions. After that, I’ll go over it again once or twice to check any subsequent changes that are clearly evident through Track Changes.
After this thorough initial critique and edit, you can use my advice on that section to guide your revisions and even rewriting of the rest of the manuscript. , either with me or someone else. If we decide to continue working together on the rest of your manuscript, my fee for the rest will be lower, depending on the extent of your subsequent revisions/rewrites on future chapters before you send them to me.
~Mary Bush, December 2013
I have served as judge for many short story contests, including for , The Federation of BC Writers, and Word on the Lake Writers Festival. I have also organized and edited two high-quality anthologies for charity, which included several rounds of editing for each story accepted. My fees for a thorough, comprehensive edit of your short story, including big-picture advice on fiction techniques, content editing, stylistic editing and a final proofread, with several rounds of back-and-forth until we both feel it’s ready, , depending on how much work the story needs to bring it up a competitive level, so , or $200 to $400 for 10,000 words. This includes several passes, with the manuscript going back and forth in between. I’ll do a short sample edit for you first.
For more detailed information on manuscript critiques or my editing services, please contact Jodie at email@example.com. If your writing intrigues me, I’ll be open to negotiation on the price.