I offer three levels of services, listed below:
Manuscript Evaluations/Critiques. Is your manuscript ready for the next step? In a manuscript evaluation, I will read your entire manuscript and provide feedback in the form of a letter. You will receive a two page, single-spaced letter detailing where the story shines and where it falls flat. In the critique I will address both large issues of plot and continuity and smaller things like language tics and word choice. I will offer suggestions for the appropriate next steps for your manuscript. The cost for this is $100 for the first 100k words, and $50 for each additional 100k words (for short story or poem critiques at a much cheaper rate, please see my personal website: http://sarahgraceliu.com/critiqueservices/).
Line Editing. I consider line editing to be the heart of editing. It is concerned with both grammar and style. During line editing, I will work directly with your document, making changes and suggestions on the file itself. I will edit for clarity, word choice, consistency, tone, and syntax. I will ensure dialogue sounds natural and not stilted. I will pay attention to pacing, plot consistency, point of view, psychic distance, and character arcs. For this category, I offer a free sample edit of up to 1000 words. This is important because line editing is the level of editing which has the most potential to affect an author’s voice. I work hard to ensure that your voice is retained. I need you to know that as a client, you always have the ultimate control over your own work. Since I must calculate an hourly rate, cost estimates vary widely for line editing, depending on the manuscript. You will receive a quote after I have worked with your sample.
Copy Editing. Copy editing should be your final step of editing before a proofreader. I have had many clients approach me thinking they were looking for copy editing when they were not ready for it. Copy editing includes checking grammar, spelling, and punctuation, with minimal attention to any larger issues. It does not include any sort of rewording sentences for style or flow. For this category, I offer a free sample edit of up to 500 words. Since I must calculate an hourly rate, cost estimates vary for copy editing, depending on the manuscript. You will receive a quote after I have worked with your sample.