Fiction Editing

Professional Editing for Your Book

You've written a novel. Congratulations! To get a full story down on the page takes intense effort for which you should be commended. You were inspired by a clever concept. You transformed it into a productive plot. You came to care for your characters as if they were family relations. Now what? 


Now it's time to catch your readers, snag them with brilliant words and imagery, ensuring they won't put your book down until they're finished. Now it's time to make your writing gleam.

Manuscript Evaluation

This type of editing is also called Developmental Editing, Substantive Editing, and Content Editing. It occurs on an early draft of the complete manuscript. After the massive creative effort you made to get your story down on paper (or onscreen), it is helpful to have a knowledgeable editor review the entire manuscript to make sure you have a reader-pleasing story. I make comments directly in the manuscript and provide a comprehensive editorial letter that addresses plot development, characterization, themes, point of view, scene development, tension, internalization, imagery, world building, and the other major components of successful fiction. I point out places where you can tighten or rework chapters, scenes, or pages to empower the writing, which results in a step-by-step revision plan. This is a deep dig into your book, a hands-on coaching approach that shows you exactly where you need to focus your revisions to elevate the writing to the next level and higher. There are two types:

Partial Manuscript Evaluation: The First 50 pages

A lot can be learned from the first 50 pages of a manuscript. A novel's strengths and weaknesses and a writer's idiosyncrasies all traipse onstage early. Often, a revision plan to empower the story can be extracted from such a short excerpt. In the manuscript, I comment on what's working and suggest improvements, highlighting relevant examples. A brief editorial letter lays out suggested revisions that you can apply to the full manuscript. This is an economical way to benefit from a developmental edit. Send about 12,500 words of your manuscript, and let's see how it's going.

50-Page Evaluation: $195


Full Manuscript Evaluation

A full manuscript evaluation provides a detailed analysis of your entire manuscript, detailing a plan to develop its structure and style. You get comments and suggestions in the manuscript and a thorough, multipage editorial letter addressing what's working and what needs extra attention, plus tips and techniques. I also include supplementary reference material if you'd like to learn more about certain editorial suggestions and further improve your craft.

Full Evaluation: Starting at 1.8 cents per word



Standard Copyediting: This type of editing occurs on a late, nearly final draft of the manuscript. Choose Standard Copyediting when you feel close to being completely finished with writing your book but expect still to make light revisions to smooth and finalize the text when it comes back from editing and before you send it to the interior designer. In Standard Copyediting, I catch and correct gross errors in story facts, suggest where you can apply effective writing techniques, and help you craft beautiful chapters, paragraphs, and sentences that captivate readers. This is a major stylistic manuscript cleanup and polish that also includes all the tasks of Light Copyediting (see below). All edits are tracked using Word's Track Changes feature so that you can review each, accept or reject it, and respond to the revisions with your own ideas.

Rate: Starting at 2.4 cents per word

Light Copyediting: On the last draft of the final manuscript, in which every scene and sentence is where you want it and you plan no further major revisions, Light Copyediting makes your prose gleam. I comb the text to catch last-minute slip-ups and errors, editing for grammar, spelling, style, and mechanics, sharpening consistency and voice. I focus on word choice and flow and suggest minor rearranging at the sentence level if needed, tightening the writing so that the story shines. Choose Light Copyediting when you are finished revising the manuscript and want the assurance of a professional editor that the text is correct and clean and ready for the next step toward publication: page layout.

Rate:  Starting at 1.5 cents per word


"Christina's editorial recommendations were easy to follow and her comments directly helpful.

I plan on working with her often in the future."

T. Mari, author

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