As a writer, I have learned that no matter how skilled I am or how many times I read the manuscript, I can’t do final edits of my own work. Other writers have expressed the same inability to distance themselves from their work in order to find all the errors. That’s why it is so important to have an editor look over the final manuscript. I understand how difficult it can be to afford a good editor, so I have decided to make my prices affordable without compromising quality.
1. Basic Proofreading: Grammar, punctuation, typos, spelling. One round. Please note: Proofreading is the final step before publication after the manuscript has gone through an editing process.
2. Copy editing: This combines proofreading with some content edits like overused words, awkward sentences, and inconsistencies. One round.
3. Content edits & Proofreading: This is more extensive editing for passive voice, point of view, head-hopping, show vs. tell, tenses, overused words, awkward sentences, plot holes, inconsistencies, pacing, plus grammar, punctuation, typos, and spelling. I do one read through for editing and one for proofreading.
4. Customized edit. If you want something different than the options listed above, let me know what you want. I can work with you to give you your desired edit at an affordable price.
My pricing is based on the length of the manuscript and on how much time it will take me to proofread or edit. If you would like to see what I can do to help you polish your story, send me 10 pages for a free edit and quote to kelleyheckart(at)gmail.com. Once we agree to work together, the first payment is due. (See Payment Options below.)
There may be an additional fee for rush jobs.
Questions are welcome during post edits.
I accept payment by Paypal and Chase QuickPay (zorthon2004(at)yahoo.com), and personal checks. Personal checks have to clear before I can start the edits. I require half the payment up front, final payment due upon completion of edits. Send inquiries and manuscripts to kelleyheckart(at)gmail.com
DOCX, DOC or RTF files only: double-spaced, indented, 12 pt. Font.
I will not rewrite your manuscript or trample on your “voice.” I work with you to polish your story. Using track changes in MS Word, I will offer suggestions for you to accept or reject. I use the current Chicago Manual of Style as my reference.
I am a multi-published author and have been an editor for a small press publisher since 2010. I am also a proofreader for another small publisher.
Plus, I am detail-oriented and have a talent for finding obscure errors. One of my authors nicknamed me Eagle Eyes.
I will edit just about any genre of fiction, including erotica or gay romance. My main experience is in paranormal/fantasy romance and settings in ancient Greece, Roman Britain and Dark Age Scotland. I will also consider editing non-fiction.